Optimism about reset of U.S. patent system under Trump upended by risky trade war with China

Much of the optimism patent licensing companies once had about a reset of the U.S. patent system under President Trump seems to be at risk in a risky trade war with China that some think could harm American technology and licensing companies for a generation or more. The optimism about Trump was felt in large [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|China, Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit throws out $234M award WARF won against Apple

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit threw out the $234 million award the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation won against Apple Inc. in a 2014 patent infringement dispute. This is the latest example of the Federal Circuit throwing out a damage award or returning a case against Apple to the district court. The appellate [...]

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

(Update1) Dan McCurdy named chief executive officer of HGGC’s RPX Corp.

RPX Corp., the provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions owned by HGGC LLC, said it has named Dan McCurdy as its Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2018. McCurdy succeeds Martin Roberts, who was named president and CEO after the board ousted former CEO and founder John Amster after rejecting his plan to [...]

By | September 27th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia CIPO Marc Booth sees company acquiring new patent portfolio by year end

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG) Chief Intellectual Property Officer Marc Booth said he's been busy getting the struggling company's largely mothballed patent licensing business up and running and has been "pleasantly surprised" to find "untapped value" in Acacia's patent portfolio. Booth rejoined Newport Beach, California-based Acacia in August as an executive vice president after previously working [...]

By | September 27th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Mark Gober promoted to partner at Sherpa Technology Group

Mark Gober was promoted to partner from senior director at Sherpa Technology Group in recognition that his business and financial acumen further differentiate the technology and intellectual property advisory firm from other IP specialists, Gober joined Sherpa in 2010 as an associate in the Boston office when the firm was known as 3LP Advisors. He was [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Netlist loses Nasdaq listing, begin to trade on OTCQX on September 27

Netlist Inc. (NLST), the patent licensing company run by CEO Chun Hong, said the Nasdaq Capital Market will suspend its stock from trading on the stock market on Sept. 27 because its stock price has fallen below the $1 minimum. Irvine, California-based Netlist said it will remain a public company and will retain the “ticker” [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

VirnetX says court approves $93.35M in costs and interest agreed to by Apple

VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC), the software and technology licensing company run by CEO Kendall Larsen, said a district court approved $93.35 million in agreed to bill of costs and prejudgement interest in its patent infringement dispute with Apple. The approved costs are in addition to the $502.6 million in damages previously awarded to VirnetX against [...]

By | September 24th, 2018|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

ParkerVision reduces board size to five, adds independent director from NYMED

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company that is cutting costs to enable it to continue to enforce its patents against Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), said it has reduced the size of its board from eight to five members. The Jacksonville, Florida-based company said in connection with a board restructuring, four directors William Hightower, John Metcalf, [...]

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

(Update1) Patent owners see duplicative IPRs as example of an unfair U.S. patent system

A growing number of patent owners believe that the high percentage of duplicative filings of inter partes reviews (IPR) by large companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung and LG Electronics reveals how imbalanced the patent system is in the U.S. and that significant changes such as a limit of one IPR per patent are necessary [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|IPRs, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Federal Circuit upholds Finjan patent against Palo Alto Networks appeal of PTAB ruling

The Court off Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, a victory in its long running infringement dispute with Palo Alto Networks, affirming a ruling that a Finjan patent was valid. The appellate court decision came in an appeal of two [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments