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"The Message USPTO Director Iancu Should Deliver to the Office"

IP - Feb. 19, 2018

Envisioning what Director Iancu should say to his Patent Office team on his first day in office... People have been asking me about my new job: Are …

"If it Looks Like a Kangaroo, Hops Like a Kangaroo…"

IP - Jan. 29, 2018

What’s abundantly clear – and disastrous for both the patent system and the public – is that the PTAB’s Kafkaesque rules for complaining about anything outside of …

"PTAB Chief Judge Ruschke Must be Beyond Reproach"

IP - Nov. 28, 2017

I was dismayed recently when I received my invitation from Unified Patents to their conference where the keynote speaker was David Ruschke, Chief Judge for the Patent …

"It’s Time to Stop PTAB Gamesmanship"

IP - Sep. 28, 2017

The next several weeks will see much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth about Allergan’s transaction with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Our point is …

"The 40 individuals who drive the global patent market named in the latest issue of IAM"
October 5, 2015

Last year we published our inaugural top 40 market makers – our ranking of the main movers and shakers in the global patent transactions and investment market. The list is back again this year, in the latest issue of IAM, with the same aim – lifting the veil on those who really drive the deals eco-system; but, not surprisingly for a market that is experiencing so much flux, there are plenty of new faces. Read more »

From the IAM blog 
June 24, 2014
by Richard Lloyd

Making contact - One of the big attractions of the IPBC remains the excellent networking opportunities. The IAM blog never misses an opportunity to connect with senior members of the IP community, so on Tuesday morning I sat down for breakfast with Gerald Holtzman, president of Personalized Media Communications, a business which has generated $300 million in licensing revenues, with $225 million coming since 2011.

“Having joined PMC in the mid-90s (previously he was a lawyer in private practice), Holtzman has clear views on the state of the IP market. He rejects the most commonly accepted monikers such as NPE, PAE and troll – quite simply, he says, he’s a patent owner. Although he despairs of many of the challenges that rights holders face in trying to monetise their assets, he was supportive of the recent decisions handed down by the US Supreme Court and the rise of inter partes reviews. “I want the world to be rid of bad patents,” he insisted. As he then turned his attention to networking for the rest of the day, he would probably have found many who agree. Serious players of whatever kind hate bad patents. RL

"Meet the IP Market Makers"
Intellectual Asset Management – July 2014

One of the earliest patent monetisation-focused businesses, Personalized Media Communications (PMC) remains a strong force today. This is in no small part thanks to Gerald Holtzman. Read more »

“Inventor John Harvey: A 30-Year Overnight Success” 
Inventors Digest - September 2012

John Harvey's inventions can't be readily seen, yet they are an important part of devices and equipment that most people use daily. Read more »

“Zynga is Sued by Personalized Media Communications for Infringing Four Patents” 
February 13, 2012

Personalized Media Communications, LLC has filed a patent suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Zynga, Inc., the largest social game developer, for infringement of four of PMC's patents. Read more »

“Zynga Sued for Personalization of Game Content Patents” 
February 13, 2012

Zynga is yet again in hot water, this time over allegedly breaking 4 separate patents owned by IP developer Personalized Media Communications. Read more »

“Valuations Soar on Smartphone Patents and Stocks” 
August 9, 2011

What hath the Nortel auction wrought? Never before has it been so apparent that the right patents in the right hands (at the right time) are valuable financial assets. Read more »

“Personalized Media Communications Wins Patent for Digital Rights Management”
August 5, 2011

Personalized Media Communications, which develops, owns and licenses a seminal portfolio of electronics patents, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted it a patent for digital rights management (DRM). Read more »

“PMC and Cisco Enter into Broad Patent Licensing Accord” 
June 20, 2011

Personalized Media Communications, LLC (PMC) announced today that it has entered into a patent license agreement with Cisco covering the full range of Cisco products and services. Read more »

“PMC and Motorola Mobility Settle Litigation With Broad Patent License” 
June 16, 2011

Personalized Media Communications, LLC (PMC) announced today that it has entered into a series of patent license and other agreements with Motorola Mobility, Inc. These patent licenses cover the full range of Motorola Mobility’s products. Financial terms of the agreement and licenses were not disclosed. Read more »

“Patent Ratings Patent Quality Inventor Study,” 
Ocean Tomo, April 26, 2011
“In order to recognize significant individual contributors, Ocean Tomo, undertook a study of top patent inventors relative to the quality of their 2010 issued and in-force patents. The study found that:  “In Wireless, the top rated inventor with 16 patents in USPC 455, 370 & 375 is John Christopher Harvey. These patents have an average IPQ score of 235.7 which puts his patents in the top 0.1% of the approximate 220,000, active U.S. utility patents granted in 2010.”

“Old School Submarine Patents”
Patently-O, December 14, 2010

“In 2010, the USPTO issued patents on just over 60 of these old applications. The majority of the 2010 patents were granted to a company known as Personalized Media Communications (PMC).”

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