TiVo enters multi-year IP license with France’s Fnac Darty for undisclosed amount

TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the entertainment technology and licensing company run by CEO Enrique Rodriguez, said it has entered into a multi-year intellectual property license agreement covering the consumer electronics brands of the Fnac Darty Group for an undisclosed amount. The San Jose, California-based company said the new multi-region European intellectual property license enables Fnac Darty, [...]

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

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

(Update1) Technicolor’s wider net loss in ’17 suggests lower than expected revenue, cash flow from patent licensing

Technicolor SA, the media technology company that is said to be in talks to sell its patent licensing business to InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), provided little information on the performance of the business in its earnings report for 2017, which showed a much wider net loss of 173 million euros versus a loss of 26 million [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|earnings, Europe, Patent Investing|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

European Commission hits Qualcomm with $1.24B fine for payments to Apple for chip exclusivity

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm Inc. €997 million ($1.24 billion) for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets to prevent rivals from competing by making significant payments to Apple Inc. (APPL) on condition it would not buy from rivals. The commission said the payments, which were made to Apple for over five years, [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

Conversant Wireless joins European Telecommunications Standards Institute

Conversant Wireless Licensing S.à r.l., a unit of Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., said it has joined the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). ETSI is a European-based, international, independent, not-for-profit organization that produces globally-applicable standards for information and communications technologies. As a partner in the international Third Generation Partnership Project, ETSI is helping to develop [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Xperi shares drop as German court issues preliminary statement about invalidity of German patent

Shares of Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Jon Kirchner, fell 14.4% after the company said the German Federal Patent Court issued a ruling that the German part of a patent Xperi’s Invensas unit is enforcing against Broadcom Ltd. is “invalid for various reasons.” Shares of Xperi were down [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

Spangenberg has stake in Luxembourg entity behind CRX Tech’s enforcement action against Samsung

Erich Spangenberg acquired 12,500 shares in Luxone Ventures S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based entity that is the managing member of CRX Tech LLC, a Dallas Texas-based non-practicing entity that acquired a single LED patent from Cirrex Systems and enforced it against Samsung Electronics. The assignment of the patent was first reported by RPX Corp. (RPXC), the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Quarterhill acquires Belgian intelligent transport systems company iCOMS for $1.1M in cash

Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH), the diversified holding company formerly known as WiLAN Inc., said it acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of iCOMS Detections S.A. for cash of 1.0 million euros (USD $1.1 million). Ottawa, Ontario based Quarterhill said iCOMS, an intelligent transportation systems company located in Brussels, Belgium, will be integrated into Quarterhill’s wholly-owned [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Europe, Patent Investing|0 Comments