(Update4) ‘Ethical’ NPE iPEL touts $100M in funding firepower but offers little that is new in patent licensing

iPEL Inc., the new patent monetization company run by CEO Brian Yates, said it has raised $100 million in initial capital in May 2017 and over its first year acquired more than 1,000 distinct patent families to enforce against infringers. Pasadena, California-based iPEL touts itself as an “ethical non-practicing entity” or NPE, a phrase it [...]

WiLAN’s Polaris Innovations signs licensing pact with Etron Technology

Wi-LAN Inc., the patent licensing unit of Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH), said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Polaris Innovations Ltd. has granted a license for certain patents to Etron Technology Inc. and Etron Technology America Inc. The Ottawa-based company said the licensed patents relate to DRAM integrated circuit and memory devices. The company said the license resolves ongoing [...]

By | July 5th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

InterDigital enters patent licensing deal with Fujitsu Connected Technologies

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the wireless research and development and licensing company run by CEO William Merritt, said its patent holding subsidiaries have entered into a multi-year, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty bearing patent license agreement with Fujitsu Connected Technologies Ltd. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company said the agreement covers the sale of Funjitsu's 2G, 3G and 4G terminal unit [...]

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TiVo CEO Enrique Rodriguez steps down to become CTO of Liberty Global

TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the media and entertainment technology and patent licensing company that is exploring strategic options, said its CEO Enrique Rodriguez has stepped down to take position as chief technology officer of Liberty Global PLC, an international telecommunications and television company based in London. San Jose, California-based TiVo said the board named director Raghu [...]

By | July 5th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Shannon River sells shares of Immersion in wake of $65M settlement with Apple

Shannon River Partners LP, the hedge fund firm run by Managing Member Spencer Waxman, said it sold some of its shares in Immersion Corp. (IMMR), the haptic technology and patent licensing company that won a $65 million settlement from Apple Inc. New York-based Shannon River said in a securities filing it originally paid $11.3 million [...]

By | July 2nd, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Finjan grants patent license to Trend Micro for more than $13.4 million in cash

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said its subsidiaries, Finjan Inc., Finjan Mobile Inc. and Finjan Blue Inc. have entered into a patent licensing agreement with Trend Micro Inc. (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a cybersecurity technology company for more than $13.4 million in cash. East Palo [...]

By | July 2nd, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments