WiLAN’s Polaris Innovations signs patent licensing deal with MediaTek

Wi-LAN Inc., the patent licensing division of Quarterhill Inc. (QTRH), run by CEO Keaton Parekh,  said its wholly‑owned subsidiary, Polaris Innovations Ltd., has granted a term license for certain patents owned by Polaris to MediaTek Inc. The Ottawa, Ontario-based company said the licensed patents relate to memory interface technology and are part of the portfolio [...]

By | October 3rd, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(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

Finjan takes infringement dispute with Rapid7 to a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware

Finjan Holdings Inc. (FNJN), the cybersecurity technology and licensing company run by CEO Phil Hartstein, said it filed a patent infringement action against Rapid7 Inc. after more than two years of trying to resolve the dispute without litigation. The East Palo Alto, California said it filed the enforcement action against Boston-based Rapid7 in the U.S. [...]

By | October 2nd, 2018|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) IBM accepts $57M settlement of patent dispute with Groupon after jury awarded $82.5M

IBM Corp. (IBM) and Groupon (GRPN) today announced that they have settled all patent lawsuits between the companies for approximately $57 million paid to IBM and a long-term patent cross-license agreement between the companies. The amount is less than the $82.5 million IBM was previously awarded by a jury in a U.S. District Court in [...]

By | October 1st, 2018|licensing agreement, litigation, Patent Investing|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

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit throws out $234M award WARF won against Apple

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit threw out the $234 million award the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation won against Apple Inc. in a 2014 patent infringement dispute. This is the latest example of the Federal Circuit throwing out a damage award or returning a case against Apple to the district court. The appellate [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) Dan McCurdy named chief executive officer of HGGC’s RPX Corp.

RPX Corp., the provider of patent risk and discovery management solutions owned by HGGC LLC, said it has named Dan McCurdy as its Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2018. McCurdy succeeds Martin Roberts, who was named president and CEO after the board ousted former CEO and founder John Amster after rejecting his plan to [...]

By | September 27th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia CIPO Marc Booth sees company acquiring new patent portfolio by year end

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG) Chief Intellectual Property Officer Marc Booth said he's been busy getting the struggling company's largely mothballed patent licensing business up and running and has been "pleasantly surprised" to find "untapped value" in Acacia's patent portfolio. Booth rejoined Newport Beach, California-based Acacia in August as an executive vice president after previously working [...]

By | September 27th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Mark Gober promoted to partner at Sherpa Technology Group

Mark Gober was promoted to partner from senior director at Sherpa Technology Group in recognition that his business and financial acumen further differentiate the technology and intellectual property advisory firm from other IP specialists, Gober joined Sherpa in 2010 as an associate in the Boston office when the firm was known as 3LP Advisors. He was [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Netlist loses Nasdaq listing, begin to trade on OTCQX on September 27

Netlist Inc. (NLST), the patent licensing company run by CEO Chun Hong, said the Nasdaq Capital Market will suspend its stock from trading on the stock market on Sept. 27 because its stock price has fallen below the $1 minimum. Irvine, California-based Netlist said it will remain a public company and will retain the “ticker” [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments