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October 30, 2012 NPE Newsclips

IV’s HIdden Web Of Patents Investigation To Be Crowd Funded (Mike Masnick / techdirt.com)

EFF Initiative To Stop 3D Printing Trolls (Andrew Couts / digitaltrends.com)

NPE Activity Driving Law Firm Revenue Increases (Amy Miller / law.com)

NPE’s Lititigation Against Tom Tom & Waze (James Lee Phillips / patexia.com)

 

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October 29, 2012 NPE Newsclips

The Scourge Of Patent Trolls (Nathaniel Borenstein / mimecast.com)

Digimarc Reports Increased Revenues From IV (Digimarc.com)

IV Hiring For Global Good Position (linkedin.com)

Mobile Health Market Ripe For NPE Claims (Orion Armon / mobihealthnews.com)

US & EU Regulators Focused On NPE’s (David Balto/ Huffingtonpost.com)

Congress Needs To Address NPE’s (metrocorpcounsel.com)

Neither Romney Nor Obama Address Broken Patent System (Lydia DePillis / tnr.com)

NY Legal Hacker Presentation On NPE’s On 11/7 (projective.co)

IV Executive To Sit On Panel Discussing NPE Licensing Strategies (intellectualventures.com)

Apple Sued By NPE Over File Viewer Patent (Steven Musil / cnet.com)

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October 28, 2012 NPE Newsclips

Vringo Litigation Against Google Looking Good (Georgi Dimitrov / seekingalpha.com)

Forbes weighs in on Vringo Litigation (Richard Finger / Forbes)

Nathan Myhrvold – Humanitarian Technologist? (Tom Paulson / humanosphere.org)

AON Announces Exclusive NPE Insurance Distribution From RPX (aon.com)

IV Patent Information Demands Gets Weird (Tom Ewing / anewdomain.net)

Ex-IV Lead Engineer At Stealth Energy Startup (John Cook/ geekwire.com)

IV Engineer Happy to Work On Converting Biomass Into Renewable Fuels And Chemicals (intellectualventureslab.com)

Patent Trolls = Plague? (wickershamsconscience.wordpress.com)

Law Firm Asserts NPE Litigation Not On Rise (kk-llp.com)

Apple Sued by NPE On RPI Assigned Patent Regarding Siri (patentlyapple.com)

 

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NPE Sorensen Blogsmacked

The Website motherboard.vice.com has a post by Michael Byrne about NPE Sorensen Research and Devevlopment Trust. Byrne is not a fan of the Trust or Mr. Sorensen (or NPE’s):

“The Sorensen Research and Development Trust is what’s known as a non-practicing entity. It doesn’t make anything or do particularly much of anything outside of courtrooms (at least anything that I can find). Instead, Sorensen sits on his patent(s) and sues people. Patent trolling is a boom industry and Sorensen is at the top of it. According to a paper just out from Lex Machina (the descendant of Stanford’s Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse) and requested by the United States’ GAO, patent trolling has risen to be 40 percent of all patent litigation, nearly doubling in a five year period. And of that 40 percent, Sorensen has been the most furious litigator (of a 500 case sample), beating even Monsanto.”

And, he further blasts the Trust with this missile: “Sorensen’s business model likely revolves around licensing shakedowns: a threat is made to an operating company and, rather than undertake the risk and expense of defending against Sorensen, said company will pay off the patent-holder.”

“Licensing shakedowns”? That is a new but descriptive term.

FOr much more information about the Trust, its patents, and its litigation, please go to this link: http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/10/17/patent-trolling-is-draining-the-blood-from-the-idea-economy-and-it-s-just-getting-worse–2

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Take A Chance With NPE Vringo?

The Website insidermonkey.com has an interesting post by Marshall Hargrave about NPE Vringo and its patent infringement action against Google, which has resulted in a  trial that began this week. Included in the post is a discussion about whether Vringo is a reasonable investment based on its patent portfolio. Hargrave’s conclusion:

“Vringo has a lot riding on this trail (SP), with the company operating with a negative equity of 1.4 million as of 2Q. There’s no doubt that if Vringo wins the lawsuit they will see quite the boost in stock price, but the question then becomes what does Vringo do with its winnings, go sue another company over patents? The fundamental with this way of operating is that patent suits tend to be very unpredictable. We believe that the potential upside does not make up for the potential downside that the stock will face if they lose the lawsuit to Google Inc.”

Please read the post in its entirety to learn more about Vringo, its patent portfolio, and the recent acquisition of Nokia patents which could lead to interesting downstream actions: http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/should-google-inc-goog-be-worried-about-this-tiny-tech-company-24350/

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New NPE Defense = Terminal Disclaimers?

Wilson Sonsini has issued a Client Alert reporting a most interesting decision from District of Nevada decision in Email Link Corp. v. Treasure Island, LLC et. al holding “…that a patent subject to a terminal disclaimer was unenforceable against the alleged infringers because it was not commonly owned with the related prior patent, even though both patents were owned by subsidiaries that were wholly owned by the same parent company.”

The Alert concludes:

“This holding clarifies that two subsidiaries wholly owned by the same parent do not count as “commonly owned” for terminal disclaimer purposes. The decision underscores the importance of looking to the assignment history of the asserted patents and the relationships among the assignees in a patent family that are subject to terminal disclaimers when preparing a patent litigation defense.”

Note that the entities involved are Acacia and two of its subsidiaries. With the proliferation of NPE’s and their subsidiaries, and the  confusing transfer of ownership rights among them, this decision could raise a new defense against such mass patent aggregators.

Expect this decision to be appealed to the Supremes.

Here is a link to the WSGR Client Alert with more information and background: http://www.wsgr.com/wsgr/Display.aspx?SectionName=publications/PDFSearch/wsgralert-terminal-disclaimers.htm

BTW, who sues a casino? Wouldn’t one worry that a bloody horse’s head is going to end up in your bed? Just saying…………..

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Catalyst Continues The Fight Against NPE Lone Star

In a post on its website e-discovery vendor  Catalyst Repository Systems proudly asserts that it is continuing its legal fight with NPE Lone Star Document Management, despite its e-discovery competitors folding their hands:

“On Friday, Lone Star announced that it had settled its lawsuit against e-discovery company Case Central, with Case Central signing a license agreement for the patent. That brought to 16 the number of companies that have signed license agreements with Lone Star, the announcement said.”

That leaves only two e-discovery vendors who have not settled with Lone Star, but Catalyst seems determined to fight on:

“This week, Tredennick reiterated his intent to fight the case. ‘We are still fighting this thing,’ he told Koblentz. ‘Somebody’s got to stand up for e-discovery around here. We certainly haven’t settled,’ Tredennick continued. ‘We’ll stand up for the e-discovery industry. The question plain and simple was whether somebody thought of putting images on a network for litigation before 1998.’ “

For more see this link at Catalyst’s web site: http://www.catalystsecure.com/blog/2012/10/some-e-discovery-vendors-settle-patent-troll-lawsuits-but-catalyst-fights-on/

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