Judge upholds $234M award WARF won against Apple, sets royalty rate, denies willfulness motion

A judge in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin handed the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation a major victory in its patent infringement dispute with Apple Inc. upholding a $234 million award set by a jury. Judge William Conley said “Apple Inc.’s renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law and/or [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Magistrate judge orders unsealing of some of the acquisition documents turned over by Uber in trade secret dispute with Alphabet’s Waymo

A magistrate judge from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, who is overseeing discovery in the trade secret theft and patent infringement dispute between Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC unit and Uber Technologies, ordered Uber to turn over a February 22, 2016 term sheet related to its acquisition of Otto LLC from Anthony [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

USPTO Associate Solicitor Matal elevated to acting director in wake of Lee’s abrupt resignation

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal was elevated to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, according to a statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The position is effective June 7 and follows the resignation of Michelle Lee. The statement [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

Ex-IP litigator from Kirkland & Ellis, McDermott Will & Emery joins RPX as counsel

Darryl Ong, formerly an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LP and McDermott Will & Emery, has joined RPX Corp. (RPXC) as counsel, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ong couldn't be reached for comment. His profile says his practice is focused on intellectual property litigation and technology licensing. "Most recently, my practice has focused on patent [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

ParkerVision unveils teaser website for new consumer WiFi product dubbed Milo without details

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Parker, unveiled a teaser marketing website for its new consumer electronics Wi-Fi product brand called Milo. The Jacksonville, Florida-based company has described the new consumer WiFi product as the culmination of at least two years and millions of dollars of research into [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments

Michelle Lee’s abrupt resignation means USPTO may have to wait until Spring 2018 for a permanent replacement

The abrupt resignation of Michelle Lee as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office means the agency is unlikely to get a permanent director until the spring of 2018, increasing uncertainty for patent owners who had been hoping President Trump would nominate a replacement more attuned to protecting intellectual property rights. The Trump administration [...]

German appellate court upholds injunction Xperi unit won against Broadcom and affiliates

Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology licensing company run by CEO Jon Kirchner, said a German appellate court handed its Invensas Corp. unit a victory in its patent infringement battle with Broadcom Ltd. and Broadcom Corp. by denying Broadcom’s motion to stay enforcement of a patent infringement judgment that a German district court recently entered against [...]

By | June 4th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

FORM accuses ZTE’s lawyers from King & Spalding of concealing evidence, NY Law Journal says

FORM Holdings Corp. (FH), formerly known as Vringo, alleges that King & Spalding partners Paul Straus and Robert Perry concealed evidence and mislead the patent licensing company during a breach of nondisclosure agreement dispute with China’s ZTE Corp., according to the New York Law Journal. The report said the allegation was made in a lawsuit filed [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

WiLAN completes name change to Quarterhill and closes $47.4M acquisition of IRD

Wi-LAN Inc. (WILN), the former standalone patent licensing company that is transitioning to a diversified holding company, said it has completed its name change to Quarterhill Inc. and completed its acquisition of International Road Dynamics Inc. for $47.4 million. The Ottawa, Ontario-based company said it expects that trading will begin as Quarterhill on June 6, [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Japanese PE consortium invests $20M in VirnetX to help it expand sales of internet security technology in Japan

VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), the Internet security software and technology licensing company run by CEO Kendall Larsen, said it received a $20 million investment from a private equity consortium of Japanese companies to allow it to expand sales of its Gabriel suite of internet security products in Japan. The influx of capital also will aide [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Asia, Financing, Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments