특허괴물 Acacia와 Sisvel이 통신 기술과 관련하여 특허 포트폴리오를 더욱 강화했다.
동네 깡패집단들이 행동대원들을 더욱 늘리고 있는 꼴이다.

Acacia는 최근 4G 무선통신 기술 회사인 ADAPTIX를 1억6천만불에 인수했다.

ADAPTIX는 4G 관련하여 폭넓게 기술을 확보하고 있고 13개국에서 230개의 특허 혹은 출원 건을 보유하고 있다.

특허괴물이 저렇게 어마어마한 돈을 들여 통신 관련 회사와 특허를 인수했으니,
그 다음 수순은 뻔하지 않은가?
투자액이 1억6천만불을이니, 적어도 그 10배인 2~3조는 걷어들이려고 노력할 것이다.
가장 1차적인 타겟은 당연히 스마트폰 세계 매출 1위인 삼성일테고..

이뿐만이 아니다.
역시 세계적으로 널리 알려진 특허괴물인 Sisvel도 최근 노키아의 특허 450건을 인수했다.
GSM, WCDMA, LTE 등을 포함한 2G, 3G, 4G 관련 핵심 기술들이 포함되어 있다고 한다.

이런 특허괴물과의 싸움은 애플과의 것과는 비교가 되지 않을 것이다. 

애플과의 전쟁은 삼성에게 스마트폰 시장에서 1위 자리라는 큰 반사적 이익을 주었지만, 특허괴물과의 싸움은
차원이 다르다. 지면 엄청난 로열티를 물어야 하고 이긴다 하더라도 천문학적인 소송 비용을 날리게 된다.
 


삼성의 잠 못이루는 밤이 다시 시작되었나?

 
  
 

Patent Troll Buys ADAPTIX (And Its 4G Technology Patents) For $160M

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The 4G wireless technology space is heating up, so expect vultures.

Acacia Research Corporation, a massive patent holding group with dozens of subsidiaries in the business of exploiting intellectual property by means of lawsuits and aggressive patent licensing schemes, this morning announced that it has acquired ADAPTIX, a 4G wireless technology company that originally started out in 2000 under the name Broadstorm and was owned by PE firm Baker Capital.

Acacia Research is paying $160 million for the company, which has $10 million in cash, primarily to obtain ADAPTIX’ portfolio of 230 issued and pending patents in 13 countries.

The patents in question are said to cover a broad range of 4G technologies, including OFDMA and MIMO.

Guess what’s going to happen next.

Launch Date:January 14, 1992
IPO: NASDAQ:ACTG

Acacia Research Corp., prior to Split-off of CombiMatrix Corp. engages in the acquisition, development, licensing, and enforcement of patented technologies. It owns or controls the rights to 97 patent portfolios covering a range of technologies used in various industries, such as audio/video enhancement and synchronization, broadcast data retrieval, computer memory cache coherency, credit card fraud protection, database management, data encryption, product activation, digital video production, dynamic manufacturing modeling, enhanced Internet navigation, image resolution enhancement, microprocessor enhancement, resource scheduling, spreadsheet...

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Sisvel International acquires over 450 Nokia patents, most of which relate to wireless

Remember Sisvel International? You know, that company that linked up with Apple and Siemens in order to engage on a full-on patent assault during CeBIT 2010? It's back, and it's snapping up 47 patent families comprised of more than 450 patents and applications originally filed by Nokia. We're told that the patents and patent applications "cover technologies used in a wide range of mobile communications devices and services," with over 350 of 'em being called "essential" to second, third and fourth-generation communications standards, including GSM, UMTS / WCDMA and LTE. The balance of the portfolio -- just in case you're curious -- consists of implementation patents including video encoding optimization technologies. Not surprisingly, the acquired patents remain subject to certain prior agreements and Nokia is licensed under the portfolio as part of the acquisition. Head on past the break for the official word.
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