Immersion signs licensing deal with Japan’s Stanley Electric Co.

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the developer and licensor of haptic or touch feedback technology, said it signed a license agreement with Stanley Electric Co. Ltd. Stanley, with headquarters in Tokyo, is a global supplier of lighting products and electronic components, including control panels for printers. Immersion didn't disclose the terms of the deal. The company is [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|Japan, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Immersion gets approval from SEC for confidential treatment of Apple deal suggesting $100M over 10 year period

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the haptic or touch technology licensing company that reached a settlement with Apple Inc. in January, said it received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain the confidentiality of the Apple settlement for 10 years, suggesting that the deal may be worth as much as $100 million. "It's pretty compelling [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Federal Circuit affirms PTAB decision that tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply to IPRs

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as expected affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision rejecting the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s attempt to use it tribal sovereign immunity to shield patents owned by Allergan PLC from challenge in an inter partes review. In 2017, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Allergan announced [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|Federal Circuit, IPRs, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Contingency lawyers are more reluctant than ever to represent patent owners in current environment

Contingency lawyers who once were willing to represent significant inventors, universities, medical laboratories and even non-practicing entities say for many it’s become too costly and risky to take on contingent cases thanks to controversial decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on injunctions, patentable subject matter, damages and venue. Contingent law firms agree to take on [...]

U.S. patent licensing companies are facing a dearth of leadership as CEOs retire or are ousted

The U.S. patent licensing business is experiencing a vacuum of leadership as a raft of chief executives, dispirited and exhausted from their Sysiphean efforts, quit for better opportunities or are forced out by bitterly disappointed boards and shareholders. In the past month, Rambus Inc. (RMBS) ousted its long time CEO Dr. Ron Black in a [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|exec changes, NPE, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Rambus signs patent licensing agreement with Socionext for undisclosed amount

Rambus Inc. (RMBS), the technology and patent licensing company that is looking for a CEO to replace the ousted Dr. Ron Black, said it signed a patent licensing agreement with Socionext, the developer of system-on-chip technology. Sunnyvale, California-based Rambus said the license covers a broad range of innovations related to memory controllers, SerDes and security [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Immersion signs licensing deal with Japan’s Toyodenso, terms undisclosed

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, said it signed a license agreement with Toyodenso Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based provider of automotive solutions, for an undisclosed amount. San Jose, California-based Immersion said the agreement provides Toyodenso with access to Immersion's patented haptic technology for use in its automotive solutions. "We are [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Japan, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Finjan CEO says rigors of running a public company help him drive credibility and profits

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN) CEO Phil Hartstein said the responsibility of being CEO of a publicly traded company has forced him to develop and execute an effective business strategy and communicate it clearly to shareholders, which is the key to credibility and profitability in the patent monetization business. Even as other publicly traded IP companies [...]

By | July 12th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

InterDigital CEO Merritt gets a 6% raise after year in which he acquired Technicolor’s patent licensing business

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC) CEO William Merritt received a 6% increase in salary from the board effective July 1 after a year in which the technology and licensing company executed on the $150 million acquisition of Technicolor SA’s patent licensing business to stem a decline in revenue and earnings. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company said the board [...]

By | July 10th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Immersion signs licensing deal with Fitbit believed to be worth less than a $1m a year

Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the developer and licensor of haptic or touch feedback technology, said it entered into a settlement and license agreement with Fitbit Inc. without disclosing the terms. Charlie Anderson, an analyst at Dougherty & Co., who rates Immersion a “neutral,” said the deal is “fairly inconsequential” to the San Jose, California-based company. Anderson [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments