Tesla’s released patents may have been worth +$1b

July 24, 2014

Tesla’s recent announcement that it was releasing its patent portfolio to anyone who wants to use their technology is a monumental decision which may shape the future of the automotive industry. While many are praising Tesla’s bold move, few realize its financial magnitude.   Let’s crunch the numbers…   Replacement Cost A fundamental way of […]

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 […]


The Bitcoin Community Needs a Defensive Patent Aggregator

April 29, 2014

The advent of cyptocurrenies like Bitcoin is ushering in a new area of human innovation.  They pose a threat to the traditional monetary controls to which governments and bankers have grown accustomed.  When established power begins to erode, those who hold it instinctually react with all tools at their disposal.   Like it or not, the […]


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 IPStreet.com

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 LexMachina.com

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 […]