Google’s Deputy General Counsel in charge of patent litigation Allen Lo is joining Facebook

Allen Lo, the deputy general counsel, patents and patent litigation at Alphabet Inc.'s Google Inc., has joined Facebook Inc. (FB) as vice president, deputy general counsel, and head of intellectual property. Lo couldn't be reached for comment. Officials from Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said he will lead the company's intellectual property team. Lo has been [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon names two directors with asset management and business management experience

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent licensing company that last week started turning over some of its patent assets to satisfy $15.99 million in debt owed to a unit of Fortress Investment Group, attempted to offer investors some reason for optimism in the future with the announcement of two new directors with asset management [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Marathon ends employment of rainmaker Spangenberg, begins turning over assets to Fortress

Marathon Patent Group Inc. (MARA), the patent monetization company run by CEO Doug Croxall, has ended the employment of its principal rainmaker Erich Spangenberg, the founder of IP Navigation Group, and begun the process of turning over its patent assets to a unit of Fortress Investment Group. The Los Angeles-based company said that on August 3 [...]

RPX CEO Marty Roberts is appointed to the patent risk firm’s board

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions, said CEO Marty Roberts was appointed to the company’s board, effective August 3. San Francisco-based RPX said Roberts’ appointment expands the board to nine members, including seven independent directors.   “We are pleased to have Marty join the Board of Directors," said RPX Chairman [...]

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

ExVringo chief legal and IP officer David Cohen opens IP law firm and advisory firm Kidon IP

David Cohen, the former chief legal and intellectual property officer at Vringo Inc., now known as FORM Holdings Corp. (FH), has launched his own IP law firm David L. Cohen P.C. and IP advisory firm Kidon IP Corp. in New York. Through the law firm and Kidon IP, Cohen will provide an array of legal [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Invention Capital Associates’ Matt Vella joins IP practice of Prince Lobel as a partner

Matt Vella, the former CEO of Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), and managing partner at Invention Capital Associates, has joined Prince Lobel Tye LLP as a partner in the law firm’s intellectual property practice group. The Boston-based firm said Vella will assist clients with patent licensing, litigation, and defense, along with portfolio development.   Prince Lobel’s [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia says its board elected corporate attorney James Sanders as a Class I director

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman Louis Graziadio III, said that on July 18, unanimously elected James Sanders to serve as a Class I director, effective immediately. Sanders fills a board seat once held by former Chairman Robert “Chip” Harris, who resigned in June 2016, six months after former [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Patel’s departure from Technicolor seen as sign of chafing with CEO, may be harbinger of licensing business sale

Arvin Patel’s decision to leave Technicolor SA after less than two years as chief intellectual property officer may be a sign of chafing with CEO Frederic Rose, and also may suggest that to get the most out of the licensing business Rose should consider selling it, a person familiar with the matter says. Patel, who [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

TiVo recruits Technicolor’s Arvin Patel as Chief IP officer to start in third quarter

  TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the entertainment technology and licensing company run by CEO Tom Carson, today appointed Arvin Patel as executive vice president and chief intellectual property (IP) officer effective in the third quarter. Patel is replacing Samir Armaly, who is being moved to a newly created role reporting to Carson, where he will continue [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

USPTO Associate Solicitor Matal elevated to acting director in wake of Lee’s abrupt resignation

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal was elevated to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, according to a statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The position is effective June 7 and follows the resignation of Michelle Lee. The statement [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments