PwC Patent Litigation Study: More Suits and NPEs; Fewer Big Awards

By Bruce Berman What’s to be learned from PwC’s 2014 Patent Litigation Survey that we don’t already know? Patent suits are at an all-time high, with almost 6,500 in 2013 keeping pace with the number of utility patents granted, about 300,000. Most of the new cases (67%), have been brought by NPEs or those without […]

New Book Takes a Hard Look at How Businesses and People Profit from IP

What is innovative? Who owns it? What is the best way to generate return on inventions and other works? These are among the most vexing questions facing businesses today. A new book, by Bruce Berman, The Intangible Investor, takes a hard look at the ways companies, large and small, profit from inventions, and the rights […]

Bold IP Moves Enable Microsoft to Lead in Patent Performance

By Bruce Berman The inability to dominate in its product lines has not prevented Microsoft from crafting a purposeful IP strategy that has generated billions in patent licensing and enables it to participate in other technology businesses’ success. Microsoft is not your typical technology company. The software business has taken more heat over the past […]

Patent Holders can Learn from Angry Musician’s File Sharing Fight

By Bruce Berman A song writer makes a strong case against businesses that profit wildly from his and others innovators’ work. Heavy metal band Metallica got serious about battling illegal downloading of their work in 2000 when drummer Lars Ulrich filed an unpopular copyright infringement law suit against Napster, naming 300,000 users. Everyone complained, but Napster was eventually […]

Patent Holders Learn to Adapt to More Investor Scrutiny

By Bruce Berman With a greater role in more businesses’ performance, patent assets and strategy are going under the microscope. The required disclosure and hyper-scrutiny that small public patent licensing companies are subject to may be starting to affect larger, more defensive IP holders, including Apple, Intel and Sony. The increased interest is more likely to benefit […]

IP CloseUp 30 is a handy tool for those who want to track the most active IP stocks in an instant

By Bruce Berman IP CloseUp is pleased to announce the IP CloseUp® 30 a free, all-in-one information update of the leading patent stocks. A click or a tap is all investors, innovators, lawyers and or businesses to track the ups and downs of the rapidly expanding universe of IP-sensitive stocks. In addition to Acacia, WiLAN and Virnetx, smaller players like Marathon Patent […]

Leading Brands Increasingly have the Most Valuable Patents

By Bruce Berman Patent portfolios associated with strong positive reputation appear to enjoy better performance, or so it seems. It is no coincidence that many of the world’s best known and most valuable brands have other IP traits in common: Their reputation for quality, innovation, and consistency not only facilitates product sales and shareholder interest, […]

Public IP Cos (PIPCOs) – An Expanding Universe

By Bruce Berman IP-centric businesses whose shares trade on the public markets come in many shapes and sizes — some are better suited for return than others. Many of the most interesting IP-rich businesses, from an investor perspective, are publicly traded, thinly capitalized companies with experienced management. The best have a realistic view of their […]

PwC to Wall Street: Largest Patent Damages Awards are Seldom Paid

By Bruce Berman Consulting Firm’s 2012 Study Shows the Most Active Venue for Patent Plaintiffs is Now Delaware, not Texas While it may appear in the media that anyone with a two-sentence patent claim and contingency agreement is racking up huge infringement awards without trying, the facts show that NPEs and operating companies alike are […]

Low R&D Cost Per-Patent is a Poor Indicator of Good Return

By Bruce Berman Patent Yield-Per-R&D Dollar Varies Widely by Industry, Technology & Business Model For most businesses obtaining patents and costly R&D go together like love and marriage – you can’t have one with out the other. Or can you? The cost of R&D that underlies a particular invention varies greatly by industry, business model […]