President Trump would help U.S. tech companies more by strengthening U.S. IP system than by attacking China

President Trump may have to lead a revitalization of the U.S. Patent system if he really wants to succeed in combatting Chinese companies' China government sanctioned theft of U.S. innovation, patents and technology, patent market observers say. Earlier this month, the U.S. filed a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization in which it [...]

ParkerVision posts wider 4th Qtr loss on higher expenses related to Milo launch

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Parker, posted a wider net loss in the fourth quarter as expenses related to its Milo wireless product and related to patent enforcement outpaced revenue. The Jacksonville, Florida-based company said its fourth quarter net loss was $6.3 million, or 32 cents a share, compared [...]

By | March 29th, 2018|earnings, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Federal Circuit rules PTAB erred in not accepting Google’s claims construction in rulings on IPRs challenging Network-1 patents

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in its claim construction of certain terms in four final written decisions in inter partes reviews filed by Google Inc. and YouTube LLC finding patents owned by Network-1 Technologies (NTIP) to be valid. The case involves U.S. Patent [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

(Update1) BlackBerry rides arbitration award and revenue from software, IP licensing to post $405M profit for fiscal 2018

BlackBerry Ltd. (BB), the software and patent licensing company run by CEO John Chen, posted a net profit of $405 million, or 74 cents a share in fiscal 2018, driven by an arbitration award of $683 million related to licensing disputes with Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM)  and Nokia and higher revenue from enterprise software and services [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|earnings, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Federal Circuit reverses PTAB decision invalidating DSS patent enforced against Apple

Document Security Systems Inc. (DSS), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Ronaldi, said it won reversal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found that claims of a patent being enforced against Apple were unpatentable. Rochester, New York-based DSS said U.S. Patent No. 6,128,290 is the subject of DSS's patent infringement [...]

U.S. files complaint against China at WTO alleging unfair treatment of U.S. tech licensing companies

The United States filed a complaint on Friday, March 23 at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s discriminatory technology licensing requirements. The U.S. Trade Representative said the request comes a day after President Trump announced he was directing the USTR to pursue dispute settlement in the WTO to confront China over its policies [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Finjan files infringement action against Carbon Black after two years of good faith talks

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it filed a patent infringement action against Carbon Black Inc., after two years of rustles negotiation. East Palo Alto, California-based Finjan said it filed th action against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Carbon Black yesterday in the U.S. Northern District of California. [...]

By | March 22nd, 2018|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia rebukes activists for short term focus and false and misleading statement

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman G. Louis Graziadio III, accused activist investors who yesterday launched a proxy battle to oust Graziadio from the board of having a short term trader’s mentality and of impugning the integrity of Acacia management with false and misleading statements. The activist Sidus Investment [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Reps. Stivers and Foster to introduce patent-owner friendly STRONGER Patent Act in the House

Representatives Steve Stivers (a Republican from Ohio) and Bill Foster (a Democrat from Illinois) are expected to introduce the House version of last year’s Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act, which was introduced in the Senate Even before it was introduced in the House the bill had [...]

Acacia faces proxy battle led by Sidus Investment Management and BLR Partners

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman G. Louis Graziadio III, is facing a proxy battle, after Sidus Investment Management LLC and BLR Partners LP, who collectively own a 4.1% stake in Acacia nominated two directors in the hope of ousting Graziadio. Sidus Investment Management was founded by and is [...]

By | March 20th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments