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Welcome Google. Seriously.

Google has announced that it will enter the market looking to purchase patents from individuals and small companies.  Of course, Google has long been in the market for larger portfolios – buying hundreds of patents from IBM, famously bidding $π billion in an attempt to purchase Nortel’s patents and spending $12.5 billion to purchase Motorola Mobility in large part for its patent portfolio.

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News You Can Use: The Future of Intellectual Property

This week’s News You Can Use highlights stories about the future of intellectual property—the increasing globalization of IP systems, how the worlds’ business leaders are setting priorities for their respective IP environments, and the critical importance of IP to industries as they evolve.

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News You Can Use: Week of November 3

Have you been keeping up with the latest news coverage on intellectual property, technology, and innovation? Intellectual Ventures has been paying close attention, and we wanted to share a few compelling stories from the last week or two with you:

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Staff Spotlight: IV in Ireland

The invention marketplace is global — and so is IV. Declan Carew is one of our worldwide employees based in Ireland.

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IV in the Community: September

From Tokyo to Seattle to Vancouver, members of IV’s team will be traveling around the world this month to provide their thoughts on everything from localized IP management to patent policy and politics.

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IP Resources for the C-Suite

Are you putting intellectual property (IP) to work for your company? Those at the helm of both large and small companies recognize that safeguarding patented assets is crucial to developing and maintaining a competitive edge. In fact, 70 percent of business leaders who participated in a market research on patent attitudes study last year believe patents are good for innovation. And yet only one quarter of those decision makers feel patent savvy.

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What Not to Miss In the Insights Archive

We combed the IV Insights blog archive for the most read posts. From IP strategy to geek masterminds, take a look at a few reader favorites that you won’t want to miss.

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Inventor Spotlight: Robert Gunderman

In a small cottage in the quaint community of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, a young Robert Dale Gunderman watched Apollo 11 land on the moon. Since that moment, his fascination with science and technology has been a driving force behind his ventures as an inventor and business owner.

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Five Fairy Tales To Quash in 2014

As Congress and regulators suit up for major battles this year over “patent trolls,” let’s put a lid on the fairy tales. High-powered industry lobbyists and their allies are swamping Washington with cartoons of hairy monsters (often in suits and carrying brief cases), baring fangs and wielding spiked clubs. There’s nothing wrong with a little entertainment to push a cause, but this debate is important to inventors and facts matter.  

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Memo to Congress: Courts Are Already Reforming the Patent System

It just got more dangerous to file frivolous patent infringement lawsuits – and that’s a good thing.

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What We’re Reading This Week

We’re still catching up from the holidays, but new research and opinions from a number of academic sources have come to the top of our crowded desks this week.

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Looking Back on 2013: The Marketplace for Invention Comes of Age

As we close the books on 2013, we look back on a remarkable year in which the modern marketplace for invention – a market we helped pioneer – really began to come into its own.   

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Think Again: What is Invention?

What does invention mean to you? Is it a patent? Another word for innovation? Something more? At Intellectual Ventures, we believe invention sparks progress and inspires the inquisitive. Our short film, “Think Again”, highlights the power of invention and the progress—from new inventions to new companies to global partnerships—industry pioneers have made during the course of a year. 

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Plugging in Green Tech

By most measures, solar energy should be a resounding success. Technical breakthroughs and continuous improvements in efficiency have driven the price of solar panels from $100 per watt in the 1970’s to less than $1 per watt today.

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Inventor Spotlight: Jim Brady

It’s a big world, but Jim Brady seeks to make it a little smaller through stronger connections between people and the things they care about. As founder and president of Earthcomber, Brady invented a navigation application, or “personal radar,” that allows users to set their location and then find nearby businesses, events or resources that could be interesting to them.  

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Inventor Spotlight: Leigh Rothschild

If you asked Leigh Rothschild to choose between spending time in “invention mode” or “business mode,” it’d be an easy answer for him. He’s been inventing since he was a teenager and has 60 patents to his name, including the method of tying QR codes to the Web. 

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Inventor Spotlight: Richard Himmelstein

Richard Himmelstein’s innovations range from flying to furniture. No, really – he was recruited by IBM to help build the FAA and Department of Transportation’s original air traffic control system, and he went on to develop some of the first software programs to vertically integrate furniture sales for his own furniture company.

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Expert Insights: “A New Way of Doing Business”

In the fifth and final post of our “Expert Insights” series, we asked what value Intellectual Ventures (IV) brings to customers and the IP market at large. Each video provides a unique perspective on IV’s impact - from making deals more efficient, to setting market values to changing the lives of inventors.  

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Expert Insights: “The Licensing Economy”

In this week’s “Expert Insights” series, we spoke with the noted patent law expert, Michael Risch, Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University, about the role of patent licensing and aggregation in the market. 

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Historical Perspective on the Patent Market

Patent intermediaries (companies that facilitate patent transactions within the IP market) are frequently portrayed as a relatively recent development, and a questionable one at that. But in fact, as a recent academic paper shows, the secondary market for invention grew out of necessity for America’s early inventors and patent-holders.

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Seattle Hosts Licensing Executives Society

Last week, our fair city of Seattle hosted the Licensing Executives Society (LES) annual Spring Meeting. LES is an independent, professional organization that facilitates global IP commerce, and their conferences always mark an important event in Intellectual Ventures’ calendar for the insight they offer into issues that span industries and invention areas.

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Patents in the Board Room

For years, Intellectual Ventures has been talking to CEOs, CFOs, and CTOs about the value of intellectual property. Contrary to what some others might suggest, we believe the issue being discussed in America’s boardrooms—in companies of all sizes and across industries—is not whether patents matter, but how they matter.    

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U.S. GDP to Include R&D and IP

As a company founded on the principal that invention is an asset class of its own, we noted with great interest that for the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis for the U.S. Department of Commerce will be including the value of American companies’ R&D spending and intellectual property to its calculation of gross domestic product (GDP). 

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Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators

As technologies converge and products become increasingly complex, there is a long tail of inventions that is becoming more difficult to manage. Patent aggregators like Intellectual Ventures will become more important to navigate the complexity and compensate the inventors.

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Mr. Detkin Goes to Washington

Earlier this week I took part in a workshop in Washington, DC jointly hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The intent of the workshop was “to explore the impact of patent assertion entity (PAE) activities on innovation and competition and the implications for antitrust enforcement and policy.”  (See conference link for more information:

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How Many Patents Make a “Patent War”?

When I speak on today’s “smart phone war,” I often point out to the surprise of my audience that such patent wars are nothing new.  Patent scholars call these wars by the more boring label of a “patent thicket” (proving once again that geeks like us just don’t know how to coin a good phrase).  My research into the very first patent thicket — the Sewing Machine War of the 1850s — has made me the “sewing machine guy” in the patent and tech law world.  I don’t mind; as I recently pointed out, as have others, there have been many patent wars since the 1850s, including the “diaper wars” and “stent wars” of the 1980s, which are all very well known within patent law circles. I must admit that I prefer being the “sewing machine guy” to being the “diaper guy.”

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IV and Olympus Reach License Agreement, Settlement

Today we announced that Intellectual Ventures has reached a settlement and license agreement with Olympus Corporation, the product of many months of negotiation between Olympus and our licensing and litigation teams. Olympus has agreed to license segments of IV’s extensive patent portfolio, which includes nearly 40,000 IP assets in more than 50 technology areas, and will also join IV's IP-for-Defense program.

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Ideas as Assets

Intellectual Ventures is in the business of great ideas. Whether through our own inventions, collaboration with our global network of inventors or traditional acquisitions, we focus on creating, identifying, and commercializing the best ideas in the world.

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IPBC Recap: The business case for IP

I sat on a panel about IP transaction trends in Europe at the recent IP Business Congress (IPBC 2012). In the subsequent Q&A session, I was asked about the need for more IP awareness education in the C-suite. As patents increasingly become top-of-mind for business executives, how can we ensure that these issues are clearly understood by non-IP stakeholders?

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IV at the 2012 Intellectual Property Business Congress

It’s that time of year again. The end of June marks IV’s annual pilgrimage to the IP Business Congress (IPBC) event hosted by IP industry magazine Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). The IPBC is the industry’s largest and most well-attended event. This year’s attendance of more than 600 IP professionals exceeds last year’s and includes more technology companies and top-level executives than ever before.

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