IBM Patent Sale to GlobalFoundries

IBM Sold GlobalFoundries a Strong Patent Portfolio

November 5, 2014

On October 20th, IBM announced that it was divesting its global commercial semiconductor technology business. The buyer, GlobalFoundries, headquartered in Santa Clara, will be acquiring all business assets as well as all intellectual property relating to IBM’s semiconductor chip making business. This acquisition makes GlobalFoundries, a company owned the the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, owner […]

The Real Reason Tesla Opened Its Patent Portfolio

The Real Reason Tesla Opened Its Patent Portfolio

June 14, 2014



Why Patents Matter to Bitcoin

May 25, 2014

I have recently begun my advocacy for the bitcoin community’s need to defensively aggregate our intellectual property. There are a lot of issues at the intersection of intellectual property and cryptocurrency that we must intelligently address. Ignored, issues like patents may come to be the bane of our existence in this new age of technological […]


What is an appropriate discount rate for patent assets? 10.17% according to Meeks & Eldering

April 20, 2014

As we attempt to estimate the value any asset with a time element, it is important to use a realistic discount rate which accounts for time value of money in the target industry.  Patent assets are no different.  When we are looking to find the Net Present Value of a stream of licensing income or […]


Zuckerberg is on tilt- Facebook’s purchase price of Oculus Rift is borderline insanity. 

April 4, 2014

Facebook’s announcement  that it has acquired Oculus for $2 billion was a shocker. Some have said that Zuckerberg has aspirational visions of a Facebook Metaverse. Others argue it’s a conspiratorial mind control machine. Meanwhile, those of us back in reality are left dumbstruck. While I think Oculus is a cutting edge technology that shows a lot of promise I think the price […]

Distribution of Ownership of Cryptocurrency Patents From

Who’s Patenting Bitcoin Technologies and Who’s Not?

March 25, 2014

The cryptocurrency revolution is in full swing.  There are hundreds of BitCoin Startups and new companies being started every day. A good way to analyse the relative levels on investment within an industry is to look at  the distribution of patenting in the space.This is especially true in high tech sectors like BitCoin.   Below, I have […]


With Future Plans Webpage, Hallmark has put itself on the cutting edge of case law, a very risky and expensive place to be

March 20, 2014

Over the past few months I have been reporting on Hallmark’s Future Plans webpage which I discovered in late January 2014.  The bizarre webpage appears to contain a long list of invention disclosure-type documents without any context. Typically, companies zealously guard these kinds of documents for fear that the disclosures will shine light on the company’s strategy. […]

Number of Federal Patent Litigation Filings per Year. Chart from

Patent Litigation declining, where are they going?  The PTAB.

March 18, 2014

Interesting news this week,according to Lex Machina, patent litigation cases in January declined 35% over the same time last year.  This is a significant departure from the trend.  While one data point is not a trend, we need to ask ourselves “is there really a decrease in patent disputes?” The answer, unsurprisingly is “No”. If were were to extrapolate the number of […]

The Twitter Patent Portfolio

Twitter bought IBM’s Junk Patents

March 11, 2014

Before its IPO, Twitter owned 9 patents.  As a big company in the public eye, this put them on the receiving end of 29  patent law suits in their short life.  After realizing that investors would punish their lack of IP protection in the public markets (and after the reception of a nasty licensing letter or […]


What gives a patent its value?

March 10, 2014

The elements of value of traditional asset classes are well-understood.  Equity traders know that the number of shares of stock in circulation defines the overall percent of ownership one share demands.  When a company issues more stock, we say that the ownership rights of each stock is diluted and the value per share drops.  The […]