Apple Inc.’s (APPL) aura of invincibility took a hit this week when it agreed to pay $24.5 million to settle an enforcement action filed by Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over patents related to the Siri personal assistant application. The company’s willingness to settle reveals a truism that is often underappreciated today […]
For the last two years, Envision IP has published annual stock performance analysis of publicly traded patent holding companies (also known as Non-Practicing Entities, or NPEs). Our first analysis included data from 2008 to 2012, and it showed impressive gains by many NPEs, with the majority of companies that we reviewed beating the S&P 500 by […]
Last April, Envision IP published an analysis of publicly traded patent holding companies (also known as Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs) and their historical stock performance.
With the reintroduction of the SHIELD Act last month, all eyes are once again focusing on patent holding companies and their effects on innovation. The increased litigious atmosphere in the wireless, internet, consumer electronics, and software industries has created opportunities for patent holding companies to create business models that rely solely on generating revenue from […]
Yesterday, Vringo, Inc. announced that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft through a wholly owned subsidiary, I/P Engine, Inc. The complaint involves US 6,314,420 and US 6,775,664.