InterDigital is reaching out to like-minded small companies to help it educate possible Clinton administration on patent issues

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the technology licensing company run by CEO Bill Merritt, has recently reached out to small companies in Silicon Valley, who share its pro-patent rights agenda, in an effort to educate and shape a possible Hillary Rodham Clinton administration on the subject of U.S. patent policy and the choice of a director of [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Clinton, Trump administrations seen as more neutral on patents, unlikely to push Silicon Valley’s reform agenda

A Hillary Rodham Clinton administration or a Donald Trump administration is unlikely to continue the unfinished patent reform agenda pushed by the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress including venue reform, discovery reform, fee shifting, joinder and customer stays, patent market observers and lobbyists say. So far only the Clinton campaign has put out any [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

(Update1) Mobile Synergy Solutions enforces visual voicemail patents against T-Mobile, MetroPCS and others

Mobile Synergy Solutions LLC, a privately-held non-practicing entity based in Plano, Texas, filed an enforcement action involving two patents related to visual voicemail technology against T-Mobile USA Inc., MetroPCS Communications and makers of their mobile devices. The device makers named as defendants include ZTE (USA) Inc., HTC Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., Coolpad [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Chardan analyst’s estimated value of Inventergy after completion of Fortress pact seen as optimistic

Inventergy Global Inc. (INVT), the patent licensing company that signed a letter of intent to give Fortress Investment Group (FIG), the first $30 million of recoverable from enforcement actions plus 70% of subsequent recoverables, may still be worth $70 million to $224 million, or $3 to $9 share, to shareholders, according to a new report [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

The Great Capitulation and Recovery of the U.S. Patent Market may be a generation away

A year ago, the oracle of patent enforcement Erich Spangenberg told The Patent Investor that he expected the U.S. patent market to bottom in the second half of 2016 and begin to recover in 2017. He also said the recovery would be signaled by a great capitulating event such as the collapse of a major patent [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Google seeks finding of non-infringement in action against InfoGation, which has enforced patent against Android partners

Google Inc. (GOOG) filed a lawsuit against patent assertion entity InfoGation Corp. in which the Internet giant sought to invalidate a patent related to navigation and route information that the non-practicing entity has enforced against Google partners HTC Corp., ZTE Corp. and Huawei. Mountain View, California-based Google filed its action Oct. 7 in the U.S. District [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Dean Becker’s Equitable IP is assembling portfolio of doctor-owned patents for licensing pool

Dean Becker's Equitable IP Holdings is trying to assemble a licensing pool of patent portfolios created and owned by medical practitioners that are currently being infringed by the top 40 medical device makers. Becker put a call out for physician-owned patent portfolios on his LinkedIn profile. "In today's post America Invents Act market, a single [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

ParkerVision files another enforcement action in Germany, this time against Apple

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jeffrey Parker, said its German unit ParkerVision GmbH filed an enforcement action against Apple Inc., Apple Distribution International and Apple Retail Germany B.V. & Co. KG for the infringement of the German part of European Patent 1 206 831. Jacksonville, Florida-based ParkerVision said the complaint [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Europe, Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

(Update2) FTC study of patent assertion entities urges legislative and judicial reforms to correct unfair advantages

After a five and a half year study of patent assertion entity (PAE) activity in the U.S., the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has found that PAEs, have many unfair advantages over their alleged infringers that should be corrected by legislative or judicial reforms. “The FTC recognizes that infringement litigation plays an important role in protecting [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments

Investment bank Black Stone IP said to begin new pitch for Yahoo!’s Excalibur IP LLC unit

IP investment bank Black Stone IP LLC is once again telling interested parties to submit bids for Yahoo! Inc.’s (YHOO) Excalibur IP LLC portfolio of 3,000 non-core patents, after the first round failed to yield any serious bids because of unrealistic expectations, people familiar with the matter say. The company originally said its Excalibur portfolio [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling|0 Comments