Will blockchain technology fuel a new patent war or prevent one?

By Bruce Berman The race is on to gain control of a new technology that has the power to reinvent banking and make transactions and other agreements between parties cheaper, safer and easier to complete. Like disruptive inventions that preceded it, blockchain has businesses, large and small, jockeying for leadership. This means that patents are likely […]

Fintech patent competition: fierce, diverse, growing

By Bruce Berman Among the most watched areas for new patent value is financial technology, covering inventions in areas like authentication, mobile payments and wealth management. Fintech is among the few bright spots in the patent landscape, with leading banks like JP Morgan, Bank of American and Wells Fargo, and credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard and […]

Quinn: Patent PERPs are the real bullies of the licensing world

By Bruce Berman A disturbing article by IP Watchdog’s Gene Quinn asks “Who are the real bullies of the patent world?” It’s not patent trolls. They are far less of a problem than Patent PERPs – Practicing Entities that Refuse to Pay. The founder and editor of IP Watchdog, one of the leading IP blogs, […]

Google’s patent buying program, an apparent success, is thinly reported

By Bruce Berman Better than one-in-four of the patents offered to Google for purchase as a result of its Patent Purchase Promotion in May were acquired by the search engine. The only article we could find about IP buying experiment’s results appeared in IEEE Spectrum, which is published by a professional association of engineers. IP CloseUp has […]

NPEs are winning 4.5x more in damages than opcos, new PwC patent litigation study shows

By Bruce Berman With patent litigation down 13% over 2013, and median damages awards just $2.9 million, the lowest in at least 20 years, NPEs are still besting operating companies in damages at trial by more than four fold. PwC’s 2015 annual patent litigation study, subtitled “A change in patentee fortunes,” is a useful overview […]

Higher R&D does not necessarily result in more or better patents

By Bruce Berman It is unclear that companies with the most significant increases in R&D spending are securing more, better quality or valuable patents.  A random study of the R&D spending and U.S. patent granted three years following of 12 leading technology companies conducted by Brody Berman Associates shows that costly corporate research spending does […]

Some Licensing Companies will Likely Benefit from Higher Patent Hurdles

By Bruce Berman As businesses adjust to new judicial and legislative requirements public patent licensing companies will have to work harder and think smarter to compete against the stock market and each other. Some are better-positioned to succeed than other. Investors will soon learn which patent licensing companies are best-prepared to respond to the new […]