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Apple Patent Acquisitions Fueled by Product Development

For decades, the patent arms race has been based primarily on internal R&D efforts and companies filing patent applications on technologies they developed in-house.  However, in recent years, the increasingly litigious atmosphere in the mobile device and wireless space has forced many organizations to proactively acquire patent assets to strategically shore up their own patent […]

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Alcatel-Lucent Should Consider More Aggressive Patent Monetization Strategies

Over the past year, Alcatel-Lucent has explored a number of options with regards to monetizing its patent portfolio. In February 2012, ALU signed a deal with RPX Corporation, whereby RPX would offer ALU’s patent portfolio to RPX’s member-clients. This fact is important as RPX did not serve a general broker which reached out to the […]

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Lacking Market Share, These Telecom Giants May Flex Their Patent Muscle

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Ericsson filed suit against Samsung, alleging that Samsung infringes patents “involving GSM, GPRS, 3G and LTE mobile phone standards.”  Also, Reuters reported today that RIM lost a dispute over the use of Nokia patents, in a case which could halt the sale of RIM products if a […]

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Social Networking Company ImaHima Owns Patents for Mobile Check-In Technology

Envision IP has been looking into the patent portfolio of a Japan-based company called ImaHima (http://www.imahima.com/en). In Japanese, ImaHima means “Are you free now?”  The company owns patented technology that allows sharing your current status (i.e., location, activity, mood, etc.) among friends using mobile phones, and technology to display such updates in a news feed-type […]