(Update 1) St. Regis Mohawk Tribe files to appeal PTAB rejection of tribal sovereign immunity from IPRs to the Federal Circuit

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, as expected, said it plans to appeal the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision rejecting the tribe's effort to use its tribal sovereign immunity to shield a patent related to the chronic dry eye drug Restasis from a challenge in inter partes review. The PTAB rejected the tribe's motion to [...]

Trump and the GOP’s focus on how IP affects drug prices, China IP theft, ignores how much U.S. patents have been weakened

Intellectual property issues are taking on new prominence in Washington, D.C., with the Senate scheduled to vote on the nomination of Andrei Iancu as the undersecretary of commerce and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on Monday, Feb. 5 and President Donald Tump signaling his top IP priority in last night’s state of [...]

NPEs and operating companies filed fewer actions in 2017 driven by AIA and other market changes, RPX says

The patent enforcement business continued to struggle in 2017 with non-practicing entities and operating companies both filing infringement actions against fewer clients in recognition that changes in the patent market since 2011 have made it costlier and harder to extract settlements and especially nuisance settlements. That’s the big takeaway from RPX Corp. (RPXC)’s report “2017 [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Retired Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel sees Aqua Products decision as short term victory for patent owners

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision allowing patent owners the ability to amend claims of patents under review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes reviews is a short lived victory for patent owners and underscores the need for additional revisions, a former Chief Judge of the Federal [...]

Uncertainty caused by High Court’s pending review of PTAB constitutionality may have led to decline in NPE actions, IPRs in the third quarter, RPX says

Uncertainty in the U.S. patent market caused by the U.S. Supreme Court's pending review of the constitutionality of petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board likely precipitated a decline in the number of new enforcement actions by non-practicing entities (NPEs) and operating companies, and inter partes review (IPR) challenges of patents, said RPX Corp. [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|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

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is at center of new trend to rent its sovereign immunity to patent owners to avoid IPR challenges

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is at the center of the next hot idea in the patent enforcement space, accepting the transfer of patents from patent owners for significant sums of money to shield those patent owners from challenges of the patents through the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The tribe says in a Q&A [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Google and other tech giants unveil the High Tech Inventors Alliance to work toward a “balanced” U.S. patent system

Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce, who invested $62.9 billion in research and development in 2016, collectively own more than 115,000 patents and employ more than 447,000 in the U.S, have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), dedicated to supporting “balanced patent policy.” The alliance’s focus on a balanced patent system [...]

Senator Chris Coons’ STRONGER patent reform bill seen as antidote to anti-patent troll legislation

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, introduced new patent-owner friendly legislation designed to rebalance the U.S. patent system by restoring injunctive relief and getting rid of the gamesmanship in the inter partes review and post-grant review processes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The new bill is called the Support Technology & Research [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|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