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Vringo tries a novel strategy against ZTE

Posted by Jeffrey Robertson on 

U.S. military doctrine requires the country to be ready to wage war in two theatres simulataneously.1 Patent assertion entity (PAE) Vringo has decided to go to the next level, and fight Chinese cellular equipment maker ZTE on ten fronts. Using standards-essential patents it acquired from Nokia, Vringo sued ZTE in the United Kingdom (October 2012), […]

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NPEs in 2015

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I read with interest a recent IAM Magazine blog post which, heading into the final quarter of 2014, makes eight predictions for the NPE market in 2015. North American editor Richard Lloyd identifies these key issues: 1. Consolidation among NPEs – there has been remarkably little M&A activity but deals could now happen, possibly in […]

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Patent Troll? Or Formerly Manufacturing Entity?

Posted by Scott Burt on 

Some time ago, I had a lively conversation with Kristen Osenga, a professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, Virginia. As part of Prof. Osenga’s research for a forthcoming paper, we discussed Conversant’s business model and where we fit within the broad landscape of companies who engage in patent licensing. Prof. […]

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Applications Developers Alliance + the FTC = progress on rooting out patent trolls

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Recently, the Application Developers Alliance held a Google+ Hangout session with FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Abusive patent demand letters was a hot issue during the discussion. Some of the app developers conveyed their unsettling experiences with receiving threatening, bogus patent demand letters and asked that the FTC get more involved in the issue. Commissioner Ohlhausen […]

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Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium

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Last week Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., hosted its annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium.  Despite its name, this is largely a trans-Atlantic event, bringing together lawyers and key government officials from North America and Europe. The conference opened with remarks by Bill Baer, the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, who […]

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Patents are not Top Secret

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Once you know something about a subject, you can’t help noticing how the popular media gets basic facts wrong.  Police officers have a hard time keeping a straight face when watching police dramas on TV and real computer programmers laugh when hackers take 30 seconds to break into a system on the big screen.  I […]

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Showcasing the start-ups driving the Internet of Things

Posted by Joseph Coballe on 

Innovation and start-ups go hand in hand. So it’s not surprise that the Internet of Things (IoT) ‘Start-up Showcase’ was a highlight at Semicon West 2014. This session featured five start-ups whose technology demonstrated not only the exciting products that are driving the IoT wave, but also the importance of R&D and patent-protected inventions. Pellucid GPS: […]

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What’s the Internet of Things, anyway?

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There are a host of reasons to love San Francisco. Great food, picturesque vistas – and inspirational technology.   That’s why for so many engineers, Semicon West is a like a hot-spot tourist destination.  And at this year’s show, the sun was shining on the Internet of Things (IoT). Mark Adams, President of Micron Technology, kicked […]

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Semicon West – Buzzing about the Internet of Things

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Jeff Robertson – July 22, Final – 735 words. Posted Aug 6-7/14. Communication theory gave us the concept of the signal to noise ratio as a measure of the useful information in a message.  I propose a new metric:  buzzwords per square meter.  The highest values seem to be found at trade shows and industry […]

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What’s that whooshing sound? Xerox’s deadline rushing by

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Xerox has announced a delay in its auction of 239 patents, planned for July 24-29, citing “numerous requests” from potential bidders for additional time. The company also increased the number of patents to 546. While a skeptic may claim the delay is really due to a lack of interest, I think it’s more likely that […]

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“Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc.” is the new name of MOSAID Technologies Incorporated.