iPEL files first infringement actions in China against AsusTek Computer

iPEL Inc., the patent licensing company run by CEO Brian Yates, said it filed ten patent infringement lawsuits in the People’s Republic of China, in the specialized Intellectual Property courts and tribunals of Beijing, Nanjing, and Xi’an, against AsusTek Computer Inc., the Taiwanese computer manufacturer. Pasadena, California-based iPEL said it approached Asus several months ago [...]

By | October 6th, 2018|Asia, China, litigation, NPE, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(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 Anton Innovations reaches licensing deal with MSI Computer Corp.

Wi-LAN Inc.. the patent licensing arm of Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH) said its Anton Innovations Inc. unit has granted a license for certain patents related to multi-modal Wi-Fi technology to MSI Computer Corp. Taipei, Taiwan-based MSI is a multinational information technology corporation that designs, develops and provides computer hardware, related products and services. Quarterhill said the [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Asia, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

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 [...]

InterDigital CEO sees Trump’s denial of Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm as a welcome defense of U.S. interests in 5G

President Trump’s decision to block Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO) $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) on national security grounds sent the message that the U.S. government believes 5G wireless technology is key to U.S. economic prosperity and that the U.S. plans to lead the world in 5G, said InterDigital CEO Bill Merritt in an interview. [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|Asia, China, Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Broadcom may have to pay more for Qualcomm’s superior innovation based on analysis by PatentSight

An analysis of the patent portfolios of Broadcom Ltd. (AVGO), Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) by PatentSight GmbH, suggests that Qualcomm’s portfolio is rated highest among the three companies based on the Patent Asset Index. The PAI is a scientifically developed and industry proven methodology to measure the innovative strength of an enterprise or [...]

By | March 2nd, 2018|Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Provenance Asset Group to put 1,249 patent families with 3,000 patent assets on sale March 1

Provenance Asset Group LLC, the patent licensing company run by CEO Dan McCurdy, said it will list for sale 1,249 patent families approximately 25% of the granted patent families it acquired in September 2017 from Nokia on Thursday March 1 at 10 am New York time. McCurdy said in an interview that in terms of [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Asia, China, Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

Japanese and Asian companies outpace U.S. and European counterparts in Clarivate’s annual list of Top 100 innovators

Asia, led by Japan, South Korea and China, reclaimed its standing as the biggest market for global innovation after briefly falling behind the United States in 2016, according to the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators report issued by Clarivate Analytics. The annual report highlights the most successful companies in the world that are active in [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Asia, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Patent Investing|0 Comments

WiLAN CEO says 7-year IP framework with TSMC will test a new collaborative approach to licensing

WiLAN Inc. CEO Jim Skippen sees the seven-year IP licensing framework his company recently worked out with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., one of the world’s biggest semiconductor foundries, as something new and promising, and that if it works out he may do again. Ottawa, Ontario-based WiLAN, which is the patent licensing unit of Quarterhill [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|Asia, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

DSS files third enforcement action involving LED patents against Japan’s Nichia Corp

Document Security Systems, the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Ronaldi, filed an enforcement action against Japan’s Nichia Corp. and Nichia America in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging infringement of light emitting diode patents DSS acquired from Intellectual Discovery Co. Ltd. of South Korea for $9 million. The acquisition was made possible by Juridica Asset [...]

By | December 8th, 2017|Asia, Korea, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments