(Update1) PTAB reverses examiner’s rejection of claims of Finjan patent

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board entered a decision on appeal in favor of Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cyber technology and licensing company run. by CEO Phil Hartstein, and reversed a examiner's rejection of certain challenged claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,015,182 on reexamination. The reexamination of claims 8-11 and 13 of the '182 [...]

By | October 3rd, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Optimism about reset of U.S. patent system under Trump upended by risky trade war with China

Much of the optimism patent licensing companies once had about a reset of the U.S. patent system under President Trump seems to be at risk in a risky trade war with China that some think could harm American technology and licensing companies for a generation or more. The optimism about Trump was felt in large [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|China, Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Patent owners see duplicative IPRs as example of an unfair U.S. patent system

A growing number of patent owners believe that the high percentage of duplicative filings of inter partes reviews (IPR) by large companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung and LG Electronics reveals how imbalanced the patent system is in the U.S. and that significant changes such as a limit of one IPR per patent are necessary [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|IPRs, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Federal Circuit upholds Finjan patent against Palo Alto Networks appeal of PTAB ruling

The Court off Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, a victory in its long running infringement dispute with Palo Alto Networks, affirming a ruling that a Finjan patent was valid. The appellate court decision came in an appeal of two [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

Serial IPR petitioners abuse the IPR process according to Robins Kaplan study

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has adopted a much too permissive approach to allowing petitioners to file serial inter partes review challenges of the same patent with some of the biggest abusers such as Apple and Microsoft filing duplicative IPRs 56% and 59% of the time. That's according to a new study by the [...]

By | September 14th, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, Uncategorized, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update2) RPX seeks en banc review of Federal Circuit ruling remanding IPR ruling to PTAB due to real party in interest issues

RPX Corp., the patent risk aggregator and provider of NPE litigation loss control services, has petitioned for an en banc ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after a three judge panel ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in finding that RPX was the real party in interest in [...]

By | September 14th, 2018|Federal Circuit, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Patent licensing companies are turning to M&A bankers to sort out value in a down market

When Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN) went looking for an investment bank to advise it on recently emerged strategic opportunities, it didn’t choose one with proven intellectual property expertise. Instead, the cybersecurity technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, chose Atlas Technology Group, a boutique investment bank with experience advising on software mergers [...]

By | August 9th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

ParkerVision CEO vows to reactivate case against Qualcomm if company prevails in IPR appeals

ParkerVision Inc. (PRKR) CEO Jeffrey Parker vowed to reactivate the struggling patent licensing company’s patent infringement action against Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), Samsung and HTC if the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sides with it in an appeal of final written decisions in inter partes review challenges of two ParkerVision patents. San Diego-based Qualcomm [...]

By | June 26th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, US ITC|0 Comments

(Update1) High Court’s ruling on so-called ‘partial institutions’ of IPRs seen benefiting petitioners and patent holders

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in SAS v. Iancu, which rejects partial institution decisions on inter partes reviews,  is far more momentous than the high court's decision in Oil States v. Greene Energy, which affirmed the constitutionality of the IPR process, because SAS revises existing practices while Oil States reinforces the status quo. In SAS [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) High court’s ruling on constitutionality of IPRs said to weaken U.S. Patent System and threaten U.S. innovation

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Oil States v. Greene Energy upholding the constitutionality of the inter partes review process before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board may have cemented a weaker patent system that will hurt innovation in the U.S. and soon allow China to surpass the U.S. as the leading innovator in the [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments