Ip law bulletin

Merchant Bank Puts Patents On
Auction Block
IP Law Bulletin (Tuesday, September 06, 2005)-- Intellectual property assets will soon be found on a Christie’s-style auction block, catering to Fortune 500 companies among others, when merchant bank Ocean Tomo LLC launches live patent auction events in April 2006. The bank’s IP auction house, the first of its kind, will auction patents after a careful selection and rating process. The auctions will take place twice each year, one on each coast, with patents solicited in advance for their potential value and some buyers invited based on company analysis. Wednesday, September 07, 2005 Finisar Corporation, a fiber optics technology company, has sued rival Agilent Technologies Inc. after being The first auction will take place in California’s Silicon Valley granted a new patent for its transceiver diagnostics Ocean Tomo, which specializes in intellectual property assets, acquired a California patent rating boutique earlier this year to rate each patent being considered for auction Telecom carrier Verizon Communications Inc and Texas- The ratings will be generated using a complex, objective based MyMail Ltd. have settled patent infringement model based on 20 years of research. Specifically, it will litigation over technology for improving dial-up internet use statistical models of datasets of renewed versus abandoned patents to predict value, the bank said.
The rating system and auctions will provide a service that attendees will find ground-breaking, according to James E. Rivals Symbol Technologies and Intermec Technologies Corp. have settled a bitter and publicly fought patent dispute over an emerging wireless tracking technology “This has been generated out of a couple of recent trends. that could one day replace bar codes on packaged goods.
First, there has been significant growth in the number of patent sale transactions. Second, the usual means of disposing of core or non-core technology patents have become limited and people are still looking to liquidize,” http://www.iplawbulletin.com/cgi-bin/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=3986&z=18 (1 of 4)9/8/2005 3:55:44 AM He is confident there are as many buyers as sellers, waiting to take advantage of the new format.
“There are lots of Fortune 500 companies who will be A U.S. appeals court has rejected a claim by the Arizona Cartridge Remanufacturers Association (ACRA) that attending the first auction, but at this point they do not want to be identified,” Malackowski said.
Lexmark International Inc. engaged in unfair business practices by offering discounts for its patented printer Malackowski envisions the auctions being copied as popularity increases; perhaps altering altogether the way technology is researched, developed and licensed. However, he does not foresee patent acquisition companies, which buy and assert patents as their primary Intellectual property assets will soon be found on a Christie’s-style auction block, catering to Fortune 500 companies among others, when merchant bank Ocean “Ultimately, the strategic corporate buyers will prevail at Tomo LLC launches live patent auction events in April auction due to their ability to get products to market,” Ocean Tomo will receive a portion of the patent auction price for third-party patents, comprised of a combination of Tuesday, September 06, 2005 the buyer and seller premiums, similar to most other A federal appeals court has reinstated part of an antitrust auction houses. The firm will also charge fees for the challenge to a deal between Irish drug maker Elan and Skyepharma over a generic version of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Naprelan (naproxen sodium).
In August, Ocean Tomo launched an investment fund to provide private equity capital and mezzanine debt to companies with undervalued intellectual property rights, California-based Alza Corporation, a maker of drugs for The fund will issue private debt and make equity attention disorders, has filed a complaint against two investments at competitive rates to qualified middle- domestic rivals over their attempts to gain approval for market operating companies that are generating revenues generic versions of its drug Concerta.
of approximately $50 million to $1 billion, Ocean Tomo said. Aventis' patents for the lucrative allergy drug Allegra spawned new litigation last week against Mylan Pharmaceuticals, just as new plans were announced by rivals Barr and Teva to cooperate in manufacturing a (Tuesday, May 03, 2005) Tuesday, September 06, 2005 Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk A/S has sued its French rival Sanofi-Aventis over patents for its device for administering insulin to people living with diabetes.
http://www.iplawbulletin.com/cgi-bin/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=3986&z=18 (2 of 4)9/8/2005 3:55:44 AM AstraZeneca has sued a manufacturer for trademark infringement and false advertising under the Lanham Act, alleging a copycat version of its inhaled asthma medication Pulmicort Respules is forced on unsuspecting Male supermodel Tyson Beckford has sued rap-mogul- turned-fashionista Sean “Puffy” Combs for misusing his image after their advertising agreement collapsed amid a United Kingdom-based Smith & Nephew Inc., a global medical device maker, prevailed in the first phase of its patent infringement trial with its Swiss rival Synthes Inc. in district court this week, over technology for aiding the Media and technology company Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has reached another licensing agreement with Pioneer Corporation, paving the way for the Tokyo-based company to expand its use Gemstar’s technology in its consumer electronics products.
In a decision with ramifications for reverse engineering of software, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision to bar “add-on” technology being used to mirror a popular online gaming http://www.iplawbulletin.com/cgi-bin/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=3986&z=18 (3 of 4)9/8/2005 3:55:44 AM A Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgery professor has sued the intellectual property management company Computer Patent Annuities and the law firm Holland & Knight for causing the abandonment of a patent worth $20 million by failing to pay the annual maintenance fee for a Japanese patent for the pain reliever Clonidine.
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