InterDigital said to get boost from Technicolor’s patent licensing business in areas where its share of the market is small

An analysis of the patent quality and coverage of InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), Technicolor SA (Paris, TCH), and Immersion Corp. (IMMR) by PatentSight, a patent analytics firm, suggests why InterDigital was interested in acquiring Technicolor’s patent licensing business and why it may also be interested in acquiring Immersion. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital said it made a binding [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

Immersion files two more enforcement actions against Samsung, seeking outcome similar to its $65M win against Apple

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the haptic or touch feedback technology company run by interim CEO Carl Schlachte, said it has filed a second complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The new suit alleges that certain Samsung touchscreen phones, including the [...]

Broadcom pledges to create $1.5B innovation fund to boost its innovation capabilities in the U.S.

Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO), the mobile technology company that is trying to acquire Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), said late Wednesday it would create a new $1.5 billion fund with a focus on innovation to train and educate the next generation of engineers in the U.S. This will ensure America's lead in future wireless technology. The move comes [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Private equity plans to take RPX private may not save the patent aggregator from reluctant members

When I started writing about the patent monetization business in 2012 and 2013, RPX Corp. (RPXC) seemed to be uniquely and creatively positioned at the center of the controversy over non-practicing entity litigation. Founders John Amster and Eran Zur were devoted to patent owner rights and agnostic about NPEs. They aimed to create a business [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Quarterhill’s WiLAN reaches licensing deal with Japanese imaging and electronics multinational Ricoh

Wi-LAN Inc., the patent licensing division of Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH), said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Commercial Copy Innovations Inc. has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with Ricoh Company Ltd., the Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company. Ottawa, Ontario-based WiLAN said the license covers various printer related technology. The company said all other terms [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Japan, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Immersion signs multi-year patent licensing deal with Robert Bosch Car Multimedia

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the developer and licensor of touch feedback technology run by interim CEO Carl Schlachte, today said it signed a multi-year license agreement with Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, a global supplier of technology and services. The San Jose, California-based company didn't disclose the terms of the [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Senators Cotton and McCaskill introduce bill to take away tribal sovereign immunity from patent challenges at the PTAB

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) today introduced legislation aimed at depriving Native American Indian Tribes from using their sovereign immunity to shield patents from inter pates review challenges before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The concept of using tribal sovereign immunity to shield patents from IPRs was dreamed up by [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform|0 Comments

(Update2) RPX’s board approves severance for CEO and CFO in the event of a change of control

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and litigation loss control company that is exploring strategic alternatives including a possible sale, said its board's compensation committee on March 2  approved severance benefits for Chief Executive Officer Martin Roberts and Chief Financial Officer David Anderson in the event of a change in control. Last month, San Francisco-based [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

In wake of $65M Apple settlement, Immersion may be more likely to find a buyer than a new CEO

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the haptic or touch technology company that won a $65 million settlement from Apple Inc. in January, may be closer to selling the company than finding a new CEO, based on a recent securities filing. San Jose, California-based Immersion has been looking for a new CEO to replace Vic Viegas who in [...]

InterDigital plans to create new holding company structure, after binding offer to acquire Technicolor’s patent licensing business

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the mobile technology and licensing company run by CEO Bill Merritt, said it plans to complete a corporate restructuring creating a new first-tier holding company with a direct subsidiary that will merge with InterDigital. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital said each outstanding share of common stock of the company will be exchanged for shares [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments