Quarterhill shareholders re-elect Skippen, Parker and other directors

Quarterhill Corp. (QRTH), formerly known as WiLAN Inc., said Executive Chairman Jim Skippen was re-elected to the board of the diversified holding company at the recent annual meeting. Skippen, who was replaced as CEO last year by Douglas Parker, received only 83% of the vote, the lowest of the eight directors elected. Parker led all [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP seen facing rejection in China, a casualty of looming trade war between China and U.S.

China IP market watchers said the Ministry of Commerce of China’s request for Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) to withdraw and refile their notice of acquisition may be a precursor to a decision to scuttle the deal, the latest casualty in a looming trade war between the U.S. and China. The request [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|China, Patent Investing|0 Comments

What CEO pay reveals about the prospects for InterDigital, Xperi and VirnetX

A comparison of the explanations of the executive compensation packages of InterDigital Inc. (IDCC) CEO William Merritt, Xperi Corp. (XPER) CEO Jon Kirchner, and VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) CEO Kendall Larsen may have a lot to reveal about the future prospects of the three technology companies. All three technology companies make make money by licensing [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

Acacia reduces size of board to seven from eight in midst of proxy battle with activists Sidus and BLR Partners

Acacia Research Corp. (ACTG), the patent licensing firm that is fighting a proxy battle with activist investors Sidus Investment Management and BLR Partners LLC, said it is reducing its board from eight directors to seven directors. Newport Beach, California-based Acacia is reducing its board at a time when Sidus, run by Alfred Tobia Jr., and [...]

By | April 19th, 2018|exec changes, Patent Investing|0 Comments

U.K. High Court of Justice hands Conversant big jurisdiction win in standard essential patent dispute with Huawei and ZTE

The High Court of Justice in London on Monday, April 16, handed Conversant Intellectual Property Management a significant victory in its dispute with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. over a fair reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license for standard essential wireless patents. Justice Henry Carr rejected a challenge by defendants Huawei and ZTE to [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|China, Europe, litigation, Patent Investing, U.K.|0 Comments

TiVo renews product and patent license with Mediacom Communications

TiVo Corp. (TIVO), the entertainment technology and patent licensing company run by CEO Enrique Rodriguez, said it has renewed its product and patent portfolio license agreement with Mediacom Communications, a top 10 multichannel video service provider in the U.S. The San Jose, California-based company didn't provide any details on the terms of the license. The company [...]

By | April 12th, 2018|licensing agreement, Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments

InterDigital sells XCellAir WiFi Quality of Experience initiative to Fon

InterDigital Inc. (IDCC), the mobile research and development and licensing company run by CEO Bill Merritt, said it has sold XCellAir, a commercial initiative focused on WiFi Quality of Experience (QoE) to  Fon for an undisclosed amount. Officials from Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital, couldn't be reached immediately for comment on the transaction. Madrid-based Fon, founded by [...]

By | April 12th, 2018|Patent Investing, Product|0 Comments

RPX enters insurance binding agreement with Great American Insurance Co.

RPX Corp. (RPXC), the patent aggregator and provider of litigation loss control services run by CEO Martin Roberts, said its RPX Insurance Services LLC unit, entered into as limited binding authority agreement with Great American Insurance Co San Francisco-based RPX said it couldn't comment on how the agreement would work and how premiums would be [...]

By | April 12th, 2018|Patent Investing|0 Comments

Apple immediately objects to new VirnetX expert witness in willfulness trial

If anyone doubted that Apple Inc. (APPL) planned to fight the $502.6 million awarded to VirnetX Holding Corp. (VHC) by a jury in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas the computer giant silenced that doubt with an immediate objection to VirnetX's first witness in the upcoming trial on willful infringement. Cupertino, California-based Apple has a [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|litigation, Patent Investing|0 Comments

(Update1) VirnetX Holdings wins $502.6M jury award in fourth trial against Apple

VirnetX Holdings Corp. (VHC), the patent licensing company that's been battling Apple Inc. over patent infringement related to iPhones and other products for 8 years, won a $502.6 million verdict against the computer giant in a U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas. Shares of Zephyr Cove, Nevada-based VirnetX surged as much as 41% in after [...]

By | April 10th, 2018|Federal Circuit, litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments