Taiwan Fair Trade Commission fines Qualcomm $773M, company to seek a stay and appeal

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has become the latest antitrust regulator to find Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the technology and licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, in violation of antitrust laws and issuing a fine of $773 million. The fine is in addition to a $975 million fine levied by regulators in China and an [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Asia, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Xperi shares drop as German court issues preliminary statement about invalidity of German patent

Shares of Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Jon Kirchner, fell 14.4% after the company said the German Federal Patent Court issued a ruling that the German part of a patent Xperi’s Invensas unit is enforcing against Broadcom Ltd. is “invalid for various reasons.” Shares of Xperi were down [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

(Update2) Allergan says tribe’s promise of sovereign immunity from IPRs is ‘the good and valuable consideration’ it paid for assignment of Restasis patents

Allergan Plc, which is seeking to add the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to the patent infringement action it filed against Mylan, Teva Pharmaceuticals and others, said in a court filing yesterday that the tribe's promise to use its sovereign immunity to shield patents assigned to it by Allergan is the good and valuable consideration it [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe blasts Senate bill to take away sovereign immunity from IPR petitions

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe said it is outraged that U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), has introduced legislation that specifically targets Indian tribes, yet exempts state universities and other sovereign governments engaged in the very same IPR process. McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, introduced a bill that would take away tribal immunity from inter pares [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Retired Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel sees Aqua Products decision as short term victory for patent owners

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision allowing patent owners the ability to amend claims of patents under review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes reviews is a short lived victory for patent owners and underscores the need for additional revisions, a former Chief Judge of the Federal [...]

(Update7) Full Federal Circuit reverses panel that upheld PTAB decision denying a patent owner’s ability to amend claims

A full panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued what it called a narrow ruling reflecting a difference of opinion with a previous three-judge panel, ordering the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to allow a patent owner to amend claims in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding. The ruling in Aqua [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Federal Circuit, Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB|0 Comments

Network-1 Technologies adds an 18th patent related to content ID to its Cox portfolio

Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, said it added a new patent to the portfolio it acquired from Professor Ingemar Cox in 2013. New York-based Network-1 said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,781,251, entitled "Methods for Using Extracted Features and Annotations Associated with [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Spangenberg has stake in Luxembourg entity behind CRX Tech’s enforcement action against Samsung

Erich Spangenberg acquired 12,500 shares in Luxone Ventures S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based entity that is the managing member of CRX Tech LLC, a Dallas Texas-based non-practicing entity that acquired a single LED patent from Cirrex Systems and enforced it against Samsung Electronics. The assignment of the patent was first reported by RPX Corp. (RPXC), the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Dominion unit Eureka Database Solutions acquires small patent portfolio from Altaba, terms undisclosed

Altaba Inc., formerly known as Yahoo! Inc., has sold 23 patents and two patent applications to Eureka Database Solution LLC, an affiliate of Monument Patent Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Dominion Harbor Group, the patent licensing and advisory company run by CEO David Pridham, according to RPX Corp. (RPXC). San Francisco-based RPX, the patent aggregator and provider [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Uncertainty caused by High Court’s pending review of PTAB constitutionality may have led to decline in NPE actions, IPRs in the third quarter, RPX says

Uncertainty in the U.S. patent market caused by the U.S. Supreme Court's pending review of the constitutionality of petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board likely precipitated a decline in the number of new enforcement actions by non-practicing entities (NPEs) and operating companies, and inter partes review (IPR) challenges of patents, said RPX Corp. [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments