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Patent valuation an art or a science?

I wrote previously at TechCrunch about patent valuation and the prices paid for large patent purchases such as the Nortel and Kodak acquisitions.  Today’s New York Times Deal Book article, With Smartphone Deals, Patents Become a New Asset Class, expands on this topic. many factors… go into pricing patents. Timing, competitive forces, regulation and court rulings [&hellip

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Twitter appears to be getting into the Patent race

I have written previously that Twitter only has a single published patent application to its name and no patents. The application is the famous pull down to refresh application which was acquired with Twitter’s acquisition of Tweetie. While it is possible that Twitter has other unpublished patent applications pending at the USPTO, it is clear [&hellip

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IP as an exit strategy

For any entrepreneur starting their company, the reward for a lot of hard work is typically a great new product that hopefully leads to customers, sales and wealth.  Of course, the end goal also often includes an exit strategy.  Generally, the exit strategy has been to be acquired or to have a successful IPO. The [&hellip

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So Who Are Facebook’s Patent Friends?

Earlier this week, I noted that Facebook currently owns 43 patents (and about 80 patent applications).  In fact, there are only 42 currently issued patents, with one patent being listed twice.  Today, I am taking a look at those 42 patents to see where they came from.  Of the 42 patents, 10 were based on [&hellip

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So how many patents do Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn, Twitter really have?

Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and Twitter are four of the most important startups of the past few years, so their patent portfolios are worth monitoring.  How many patents do these four companies have? This morning, the popular Twitterer @counternotions made the following inaccurate tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/counternotions/status

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