Superior court in Los Angeles dismisses Spangenberg, IP Nav from Symantec suit alleging it was duped in patent sale

A judge in the Superior Court in Los Angeles dismissed Erich Spangenberg and IP Navigation Group from a lawsuit filed by Symantec Corp. alleging Spangenberg, IP Nav and others duped the cybersecurity firm out millions of dollars owed for the sale of patents. The case also named Clouding IP LLC, William Carter Jr. and Marathon [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia’s Delaware Display and Innovative Display reach agreement with Vizio ending lawsuits

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman Louis Graziadio III, said its Delaware Display Group LLC and Innovative Display Technologies LLC subsidiaries entered into an agreement with VIZIO Inc. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia said the agreement resolves patent litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to find IPR process unconstitutional, patent market observers say

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the constitutionality of the inter partes review (IPR) process in in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group despite what could be described as magical thinking by patent owners, patent market observers say. The high court took up only one of three questions presented by Oil States in [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Court upholds ex-USPTO deputy director Slifer’s $400K award against Cantor unit, declines to award him patents

A U.S. District Court judge rejected former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Russell Slifer’s motion to reclaim patents he sold to a unit of Cantor Fitzgerald in a dispute over CG Technology’s failure to make about $250,000 in payments. Judge Andrew Carter Jr. said in a ruling June 13 however that he was [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia Research Corp. reaches infringement settlement with Medtronic, terms not disclosed

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing company run by Executive Chairman Louis Graziadio III, said its Acacia Research Group LLC unit and LifePort Sciences LLC subsidiaries have entered into a license agreement with Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Vascular Inc. The Newport Beach, California-based company didn’t disclose the terms of the settlement. The company said [...]

Judge upholds $234M award WARF won against Apple, sets royalty rate, denies willfulness motion

A judge in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin handed the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation a major victory in its patent infringement dispute with Apple Inc. upholding a $234 million award set by a jury. Judge William Conley said “Apple Inc.’s renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law and/or [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Magistrate judge orders unsealing of some of the acquisition documents turned over by Uber in trade secret dispute with Alphabet’s Waymo

A magistrate judge from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, who is overseeing discovery in the trade secret theft and patent infringement dispute between Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC unit and Uber Technologies, ordered Uber to turn over a February 22, 2016 term sheet related to its acquisition of Otto LLC from Anthony [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

German appellate court upholds injunction Xperi unit won against Broadcom and affiliates

Xperi Corp. (XPER), the technology licensing company run by CEO Jon Kirchner, said a German appellate court handed its Invensas Corp. unit a victory in its patent infringement battle with Broadcom Ltd. and Broadcom Corp. by denying Broadcom’s motion to stay enforcement of a patent infringement judgment that a German district court recently entered against [...]

By | June 4th, 2017|Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, US ITC|0 Comments

FORM accuses ZTE’s lawyers from King & Spalding of concealing evidence, NY Law Journal says

FORM Holdings Corp. (FH), formerly known as Vringo, alleges that King & Spalding partners Paul Straus and Robert Perry concealed evidence and mislead the patent licensing company during a breach of nondisclosure agreement dispute with China’s ZTE Corp., according to the New York Law Journal. The report said the allegation was made in a lawsuit filed [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Pressure may be building on Uber to settle its trade secret theft dispute with Google’s Waymo or face existential crisis

Pressure may be mounting on Uber Technologies CEO Travis Kalanick to settle the company’s trade secret and patent infringement dispute with Waymo LLC, the self-driving car unit of Google Inc.’s parent Alphabet Inc., or face an existential crisis. To be sure, intellectual property market observers say Waymo has little incentive to settle and may even [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments