Quarterhill’s WiLAN acquires data storage security patents originally owned by Wave Systems

Wi-LAN Inc., a unit of Quarterhill Corp. (QTRH), the diversified holding company run by executive Chairman Jim Skippen, said on Friday Oct. 13 today announced that its SecureWave Storage Solutions Inc. unit has acquired a portfolio of patents which cover a variety of technologies including improvements to securing data for storage devices, such as self-encrypting [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

Recent flood of patents for sale is hurting patent values, Allied Security Trust CEO Binns says

Allied Security Trust CEO Russell Binns says patent values in the U.S., which have been on a five year decline, won’t hit bottom and rebound until patent owners stop flooding the market with patent portfolios to clean up their balance sheets. Binns made his remarks as part of an outreach the company is making as [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale, PTAB, Supreme Court|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 [...]

Ex USPTO Deputy Director Slifer twice refuses CG Technology’s offer of $524,520 in damages

Russell Slifer, the former deputy director of the U.S. Patent Office, who sued CG Technology LP for failing to pay him what he was owed in a patent sale and was awarded $400,000 in damages plus interest, has twice refused to accept the $524,520.23 offered by the unit of Cantor Fitzgerald. That’s because Slifer, who [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

Quarterhill’s WiLAN acquires content delivery network patent portfolio for no upfront payment, share of licensing revenue

Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH), the diversified holding company formerly known as Wi-LAN Inc., said its wholly-owned subsidiary Content Delivery Inc. has acquired a portfolio of patents and applications relating to Content Delivery Network technology from an unnamed seller. The Ottawa, Ontario-based company, which is run by Executive Chairman Jim Skippen, didn’t say how many patents it [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

RPX completes patent rights deal with ZiiLabs ending litigation against Lenovo, LG, Sony, MediaTek and others

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions run by CEO Martin Roberts, said it has completed a patent rights agreement with ZiiLabs Inc. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. The San Francisco-based company didn’t disclose the financial terms of the transaction, saying only that ZilLabs will receive [...]

Dean Becker tries to use failed IPR filed by Unified Patents to gin up interest in for Sisvel patent that’s for sale

Patent broker Ocean Tomo’s Board of Advisors Vice Chairman Dean Becker is using a failed inter partes review (IPR) challenge of a patent owned by Societa Italiana Per Lo Sviluppo dell’Elettronica S.p.A. (SISVEL), filed by Unified Patents as evidence of the validity and value of a patent he is trying to sell. The former chairman [...]

Spherix and Equitable IP Corp. team up to acquire portfolio of fiber optics patents

Spherix Inc. (SPEX), the patent licensing company that turned over its enforcement actions to Dean Becker’s Equitable IP Holding Corp., said it has teamed up with Equitable IP to acquire an economic interest in a new patent portfolio that is largely unlicensed to any third party. Bethesda, Maryland-based Spherix was typically vague about the acquisition, [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

Yahoo! discloses value of Excalibur IP patent portfolio at $740M in latest proxy filing

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), which agreed to sell its internet business to Verizon Communications for a revised $4.48 billion, put a value of $740 million on its non-core patent portfolio, which it has been trying to sell in an auction for nine months. In a revised preliminary proxy statement filed March 13, Yahoo! said "all of [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments

SourceProse alleges RPX improperly shared details of their patent deal with Google, which then killed the deal

SourceProse Corp. a developer of software used in geographical mapping of flood zones, alleges RPX Corp. (RPXC) improperly shared the terms of a  purported $3 million patent purchase agreement between the two companies with Google Inc., in violation of a non-disclosure agreement, effectively killing a deal that ended SourceProse's patent enforcement litigation against a number [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, Patent sale|0 Comments