Vringo tries a novel strategy against ZTE

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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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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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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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SPOTTING A PATENT TROLL – A SEVEN-POINT GUIDE

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We’ve all heard of the apocryphal art gallery visitor who confidently asserted, “I don’t know if it’s art, but I know what I like.” When it comes to patent licensing, the prevailing mood seems to be, “I don’t know what a patent troll is, but I know what I hate.” The Congress, several dozen state […]

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Linley Mobile Conference 2014 – What Will You Be Wearing Next Year?

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In my previous blog post, I mentioned the Linley Group’s 2014 Mobile Conference. In past years, the focus has been on the mobile processors (and other chips) found in smartphones, but this year another type of mobile product gained significant attention: wearables, such as the Fitbit Flex wristband and Google Glass. There was wide agreement […]

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Linley Mobile Conference 2014 – Taming the Power Hungry Processor

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The Linley Group’s 2014 Mobile Conference in Santa Clara, California, is an annual event focused on mobile processors, one of the critical components in a wide range of consumer electronics and automotive products – think notebooks, smartphones and BMWs. The speakers and panelists agreed that the world desperately needs innovative solutions to reduce power consumption […]

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Kodak learns a hard truth about patent valuation or: The worth of a thing is what it will bring

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Mark Harris, writing in IEEE Spectrum, has an extremely well researched and insightful essay on The Lowballing of Kodak’s Patent Portfolio.  Harris compares the difference between the selling price of 1,730 of Kodak’s patents and the much higher earlier valuation – the amount their consultants had told them to expect. As a Certified Patent Valuation […]

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Google did not make a mistake with Motorola Mobility

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You don’t have to look very far to find people who have characterized Google’s 2012 acquisition of Motorola Mobility and subsequent sale to Lenovo as a “mistake”: Associated Press: “An expensive mistake by Google could turn into a golden opportunity for China’s Lenovo Group” US News & World Report: “Google’s Big Bust: Motorola Mobility Sold […]

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