(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 [...]

Universal Display signs technology licensing deal with China’s Visionox

Universal Display Corp. (OLED), the organic light emitting diode (OLED) display technology company run by CEO Steven Abramson, said it signed a new OLED technology licensing agreement with China’s Visionox Technology Inc. for terms not disclosed. The Ewing, New Jersey-based company said the deal also included a supplemental material purchase agreement. Under the agreements, Universal [...]

By | June 12th, 2018|China, licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Qualcomm posts 75% drop in fiscal 2nd-Qtr profits due to royalty dispute with Apple

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), the semiconductor technology and licensing company run by CEO Steve Mollenkopf, posted a 75% drop in net income in the fiscal second quarter of 2018, driven in part by on ongoing dispute with Apple and its contract manufacturers. San Diego, California based Qualcomm said second quarter net income fell to $400 million, [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|China, earnings, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP seen facing rejection in China, a casualty of looming trade war between China and U.S.

China IP market watchers said the Ministry of Commerce of China’s request for Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) to withdraw and refile their notice of acquisition may be a precursor to a decision to scuttle the deal, the latest casualty in a looming trade war between the U.S. and China. The request [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

U.K. High Court of Justice hands Conversant big jurisdiction win in standard essential patent dispute with Huawei and ZTE

The High Court of Justice in London on Monday, April 16, handed Conversant Intellectual Property Management a significant victory in its dispute with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. over a fair reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license for standard essential wireless patents. Justice Henry Carr rejected a challenge by defendants Huawei and ZTE to [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|China, Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, U.K.|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 [...]

U.S. files complaint against China at WTO alleging unfair treatment of U.S. tech licensing companies

The United States filed a complaint on Friday, March 23 at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s discriminatory technology licensing requirements. The U.S. Trade Representative said the request comes a day after President Trump announced he was directing the USTR to pursue dispute settlement in the WTO to confront China over its policies [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

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

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 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