Xperi names exCEO of IPValue Murali Dharan as president of Tessera licensing unit

Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology and licensing company run by CEO Jon Kirchner, named Murali Dharan, the former CEO of IPVALUE Management, as president of Tessera Intellectual Property Corp. Dharan will be responsible for the strategic direction, management and growth of the Tessera intellectual property licensing business and will report to Kirchner. At IP VALUE, [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

TiVo hires former IP attorney from IBM Marc Ehrlich as senior vp of patent strategy

TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the entertainment technology and licensing company, said it hired former in-house IBM attorney Marc Ehrlich as senior vice president of patent strategy. San Jose-based TiVo said Ehrlich will manage strategic account intellectual property (IP) strategy and legal teams across TiVo's IP and patent licensing business. He will report directly to Arvin Patel, [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon names Merrick Okamoto as its new chairman as CEO Croxall is set to depart Oct. 31

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company that agreed to turn over three patent portfolios to a unit of Fortress Investment Group to repay $16 million in debt, said it named Merrick Okamoto its new chairman replacing Chairman and CEO Doug Croxall who is leaving at the end of October. Okamoto, who had [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|exec changes, Financing, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia shares surge as much as 19% on no news suggesting shorts setting table for decline

Shares of Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman G. Louis Graziadio III, gained as much as 19% in early trading today on volume of 1.91 million shares, suggesting to some Acacia observers that short sellers may be setting the table for a stock drop. Shares of Acacia soared as [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

DSS hires Singapore businessman Ambrose Chan to head DSS International

Document Security Systems Inc., the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeff Ronaldi, said in a securities filing that it hired Singapore-based businessman Heng Fai Ambrose Chan as the CEO of its recently formed subsidiary, DSS International Inc., and that subsidiary’s wholly-owned subsidiary, DSS Asia Ltd. Rochester, New York-based DSS said in the filing that [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|Asia, exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

IPVALUE’s CEO Lindgren aims to increase value of licensing firm ‘multifold’ in next five years

John Lindgren, the new CEO of IPVALUE Management, says he is "on a mission to increase the value of the company multifold in five years," despite the more than three-year unprecedented downturn in the U.S. patent market. Lindgren, who was previously CEO of Conversant Intellectual Property Management, formerly known as MOSAID, joined IPVALUE three weeks [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, Patent Reform|0 Comments

Marathon amends retention agreements with CEO, CFO to lock up their 3M restricted shares

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company that agreed to transfer three patent portfolios to a unit of Fortress Investment Group to repay a $16 million debt, said in a securities filing that on Sept. 7 it amended previously announced retention agreements with its CEO Doug Croxall and CFO Francis Knuettell II. The [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

IP leaders Phelps, Hinman and Gross join new advisory board at Dominion Harbor

Dominion Harbor Enterprises (DHE), the patent transaction and advisory company run by CEO David Pridham, said it has formed a board of advisors to boost its prospects going forward. Dallas-based Dominion Harbor said the board will be composed initially of three world-renowned IP luminaries, Marshall Phelps, Brian Hinman and Patrick Gross. Phelps is the former [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon announces various efforts to reduce outstanding payables and trim costs to $150K in September and $125K a month thereafter

Marathon Patent Group (MARA), the patent licensing company that is turning over three patent portfolios to a unit of Fortress Investment Group to repay $16 million in debt, announced a number of changes to reduce its outstanding payables from $5.3 million to $675,000 and trim its expenses to $150,000 in September and to $125,000 a [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

G. Louis Graziadio III and family acquire 19,000 more Acacia shares

G. Louis Graziadio III, the executive chairman of Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), and his wife and children acquired another 19,000 shares of the patent licensing company, securities filings show. The purchases were made in four transactions on Aug. 29. Graziadio purchased 14,500 shares at $3.3509. His wife purchased 2,500 shares at $3.3509 on the same [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments