Licensing

Two high-profile executive appointments at IAM Market vendors in the past week

Technicolor’s chief IP officer Arvin Patel will depart the French firm to take up the same post at media and entertainment tech company TiVo. Deirdre Leane – perhaps best known as former head of controversial patent monetisation business IPNav – will take over much of Patel’s role at Technicolor.

Another major buyer pulls back from patent market as WiLAN plots new business direction

WiLAN announced last week that it will shift from being a patent pure play to become a diversified holding company, enabling it to invest in businesses beyond IP monetisation. While the Canadian NPE is not exiting the scene altogether, its move represents another blow for the secondary market after Intellectual Ventures (IV) confirmed the cessation of its patent buying activities earlier this month.

Top buyer Intellectual Ventures announces cessation of patent purchasing activities, leaving the secondary market in limbo

Intellectual Ventures (IV) has confirmed to IAM Magazine that it is winding down acquisitions for its most recently established patent aggregation fund. The impending exit of the patent market’s top buyer could have a significant impact on pricing and deal flow in the wider marketplace.

Via Licensing revises royalty rates in effort to appeal to SMEs and Asian wireless device makers

Patent pool operator Via Licensing has introduced extensive royalty rate changes for its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) offerings, as it continues to test out innovative strategies aimed at increasing licence uptake among a new generation of Asian smartphone and tablet makers.

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.

IAM Market adds two more star names to its roster of top patent and technology vendors

IAM Market has just welcomed two of the world’s biggest high-tech players to its patent and technology transactions portal.

The latest rights holders to join the platform are Microsoft and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, bringing the total number of IAM Market vendors to 22. Both are major patent owners, with significant global portfolios and extensive experience in monetising IP assets.

IP owners are changing tactics to make the most of China’s increasingly attractive monetisation opportunities

It has often been said that as US courts, legislators and lobbyists make it progressively difficult to enforce and license patents in the country, rights holders will turn their attentions to foreign markets like China in order to monetise their IP portfolios. In doing so, however, many patent owners will need to adopt different tactical approaches. Two developments in recent weeks suggest that, at least for some IP owners, this strategic shift is already in full swing.