What Does Agreement Data Say? Update 2Q 2018

In October of 2017, we performed a year-on-year analysis of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing transactions. The following article replicates the analysis to include all updated information within our database of over 120,000 agreements and 65,000 royalty rates. All data has been normalized so that trends can be highlighted. Royalty Payment Agreement Bases Royalty payments are

Trademark Licensing Intelligence

Before you enter into any trademark negotiation, it pays to be well-prepared. Arming yourself with thorough intelligence will go a long way during the engagement. Unfortunately, the information necessary for these types of transactions can be very difficult to access. In some instances, the discussion topic is complex, nuanced, or so narrow that the supporting

Trade Secrets: Swipe Right to License, Swipe Left to Litigate

In March of this year, the dating app Bumble filed a lawsuit against Tinder’s parent, Match Group, for the allegedly fraudulent acquisition of trade secrets. This comes weeks after Match Group, owner of more than 45 dating apps and websites, began a suit against Bumble for patent infringement of Tinder’s “world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.”

First Quarter Round Up

ktMINE has had a busy first quarter. Here are some highlights from the Q1 vIP Newsletter. Be sure to sign up for our blog updates so you never miss out on important ktMINE updates/happenings. Featured News ktMINE Listed on IRS Announcement and Report Concerning APAs 2018 marks the fourth straight year ktMINE has been listed

Ranking the Largest U.S. University Innovation Portfolios

Prior to attending the AUTM Annual meeting this past February, ktMINE research analysts reviewed the portfolios of U.S. universities and compiled a list of the 20 largest university innovation portfolios. The universities listed below have the largest patent portfolios of granted U.S. patents based on ktMINE data. 20 Largest University Innovation Portfolios 1. University of

Recent Litigation Trends Show Trademark Infringement is a Worldwide Concern

In the world of intellectual property (IP), trademarks are often seen as secondary in value to patents and know-how in a company’s intangible portfolio. However, in some industries brand recognition is paramount to success. Patent infringement often takes center stage in IP legal news, but trademarks see their fair share of litigation activity as well.

U.S. Committee Denies Broadcom Acquisition of Qualcomm Patents

On Monday, President Trump announced that, upon recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), he would block any potential acquisition of Qualcomm by Broadcom on the grounds of national security. It further states: “The Purchaser and Qualcomm shall immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover. Immediately upon completion of all