Deals

Xiaomi is still on the lookout for big-time patent buys, even after its headline Intel and Microsoft deals

Patent prices are down, and patent enforcement is an affair that seems to grow more complicated with each passing week (with respect to the United States, at least). Many in the business are now looking to China to pick up the slack in the patent marketplace.

Xiaomi is perhaps the one Chinese company that has made the most headlines over the past couple of years regarding its patent-buying activities.

Qualcomm and Samsung rule the roost when it comes to IoT patents, according to new research

Samsung Electronics owns the world’s largest portfolio of patents relevant to ‘internet of things’ (IoT) technologies, while Qualcomm’s takes top spot in terms of quality, according to recent research from IP analytics firm Relecura.

In its report, Relecura concedes that “the definition of IoT is fuzzy”; fleet management

AST to repeat IP3 patent-buying programme, with longer timeframe and focus on specific technologies

Defensive patent aggregator Allied Security Trust (AST) is relaunching its Industry Patent Purchase Promotion (IP3) after the success of the scheme’s inaugural run last year. For 2017, however, the programme will be managed slightly differently in order to better cater to AST’s members and enhance opportunities for prospective vendors to get involved.

After a year focused on downsizing, Intellectual Ventures returns as the brokered patent market’s leading buyer

Intellectual Ventures (IV) was the top buyer of brokered patents in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data from ROL Group, a Californian IP law and strategy firm and an IAM Market vendor. This ratcheting-up of buying activity represents a return to sorts for IV, which has been a much quieter participant in the secondary market of late as compared to times gone by.

In 2016, patent prices hit a low ebb – but IAM Market had a positive impact on the transactions landscape

The secondary market in patents hit its lowest value in years over the course of 2016, though it remained robust with operating companies emerging as the keenest buyers, according to research from California-based IP strategy and law firm ROL Group.

NPE Longhorn’s latest acquisition highlights the rising value of Chinese-issued patents

When we discuss Chinese companies on the IAM Market blog, more often than not we are talking about them as buyers of patents, rather than sellers. But a recent sale of patents by a major Chinese telecoms company could prove to be one of the year’s most significant deals so far.

Cypress transaction marks first big patent deal for IPVALUE and Longitude Licensing partnership

Back in July, IAM Market’s Knowledge Centre reported on the acquisition of Longitude Licensing – the Irish firm formed in 2013 to manage and monetise the patents of bankrupt Japanese semiconductor company Elpida. The buyer was private equity player Vector Capital, which also owns IP strategy consultancy IPVALUE and possesses a stake in seasoned technology licensor Technicolor.