“AT&T’s Portfolio is a Treasure Trove for Buyers.” Diakun. IAM Market (February 2019)

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IAM recently covered AT&T’s increased activity in the secondary patent market, with Lyft, Uber and Facebook among the companies that have purchased its assets.  The telecoms giant has a significant portfolio – in terms of volume and quality – which has attracted a number of businesses looking to bolster their own holdings.  

“AT&T’s Portfolio is a Treasure Trove for Buyers.” Diakun. IAM Market (February 2019), available here.

“Brokered Patents Are Not Junk—and the Reasons Will Surprise You.” Ågren et. al. IPWatchdog (January 2019)

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Occasionally, we hear people say, “brokered patents are all junk.” This begs the question, “are operating companies and non-practicing entities (NPEs) spending hundreds of millions of dollars buying junk patents?” Luckily, the short answer is no. We know clients have successfully bought and used brokered patents to substantially alter their licensing and litigation posture at a lower cost than the alternatives. We also know that patents on the brokered market rank higher than average patents (See “Finding the Best Patents — Forward Citation Analysis Still Wins”, by Oliver, et al.). So why this disconnect? We are victims of our own cognitive biases and the behavioral economic traps that make it harder for buyers to find and buy patents.

 “Brokered Patents Are Not Junk—and the Reasons Will Surprise You.” Ågren et. al. IPWatchdog (January 2019), here. 


“Advanced Patent Licensing 2018.” Practising Law Institute (September 2018)

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In the current legal environment, with patent litigation on the decline (especially in the U.S.), patent licensing (and related transactions) are heating up. Experts in patent licensing will discuss how to negotiate patent license agreements, review examples of best (and, in some cases, worst) practices, and share current legal developments affecting patent licensing. Practical tips for structuring, negotiating and drafting patent licenses, with strategies for both the licensor and licensee, will be emphasized. 

“Advanced Patent Licensing 2018.” Practising Law Institute (September 2018), event details here.

“Finding a Role for Insurance in a Technology-Driven Economy.” Freestone. InsuranceERM (July 2018)

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Tim Freestone explores why the growth in intellectual property and patent risks has not been matched by a corresponding growth in insurance. Tim interviews industry veterans including Kent Richardson on patent infringement insurance opportunities.

“Finding a Role for Insurance in a Technology-Driven Economy.” Freestone. InsuranceERM (July 2018), available here.

Richardson and Oliver as World Leading IP Strategists – 10 Years at the Top

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For ten years, IAM Magazine has selected the top 300 IP strategists in the world. Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver are honored to be included for their tenth and ninth years respectively. From Joff Wild, editor of IAM Magazine, “IAM Strategy 300 has identified individuals who offer top-tier services relating to the development and implementation of strategies which enable IP owners to maximise the value of their portfolios.” Richardson and Oliver are dedicated to bringing greater transparency to the industry through publications and presentations on topics like HEVC licensing, Intellectual Ventures’ holdings, and the secondary patent market. Furthering access to patent market data, Kent Richardson said “With the launch of Richardson Oliver Insights (roipatents.com), we bring our groundbreaking patent market reports and analysis to a broader audience and enable more people to buy, sell, and value patents.”

Read more about the IAM 300 here.

“So, China – Buyers Sellers Litigation.” Richardson et. al. LOT Network Bridge (May 2018)

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BRIDGE provides an exclusive opportunity for member companies from across the globe — industry leaders and innovative startups — to share ideas, learn from IP experts and build stronger networks that provide value to our member companies.

At the event, Kent Richardson will speak be speaking with Ray Strimaitis, VP, Corporate Development and Global Strategy at AST, on IP in China. We’ll be discussing who’s buying, selling, asserting, and provide an update on PAE litigation.

“So, China – Buyers Sellers Litigation.” Richardson et. al. LOT Network Bridge (May 2018), available here.

“SAS: When the Patent Office Institutes IPR It Must Decide Patentability of All Challenged Claims.” Quinn et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2018)

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Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued decisions in both Oil States v. Green Energy and SAS Institute v. Iancu. In Oil States the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review (see here, here and here). In SAS Institute, a 5-4 majority ruled that there is no authorization in the statute for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to partially institute a petition for inter partes review. Thus, the Supreme Court held that when the Patent Office institutes an inter partes review it must decide the patentability of all of the claims the petitioner has challenged.

To provide instant reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute we’ve reached out to an All-Star panel of industry experts for their take on this important decision. Their analysis follows.

“SAS: When the Patent Office Institutes IPR It Must Decide Patentability of All Challenged Claims.” Quinn et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2018), available here.

“Industry Reaction to Supreme Court Decision in Oil State v. Green Energy.” Quinn et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2018)

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Earlier today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Oil States v. Green Energy, finding that inter partes review is constitutional both under Article III and the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. In a 7-2 decision, the Court determined that patents are a government franchise that are subject to review by the Patent Office even after granting, and can be revoked at any time.

“Industry Reaction to Supreme Court Decision in Oil State v. Green Energy.” Quinn et. al. IPWatchdog (April 2018), available here.