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goafrit
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re: Intel to pay $375M for 1,700 InterDigital patents
goafrit   6/19/2012 12:49:46 AM
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-Intel, the world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor by sales, said it will pay $375 million for the portfolio, which the companies in a statement said is "related to 3G, LTE and 802.11 technologies." Why is Intel spending this much for a technology that is largely common? I do not think this is a good investment from Intel

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Simon7382   6/20/2012 9:47:49 PM
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Patents on "common", i.e. widely used, technologies are the most valuable ones from a litigation perspective (whether they plan to play offense or defense). Intel seems to know what it is doing here. I am considering increasing my existing investment in Intel stock.

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unknown multiplier   6/21/2012 1:15:36 AM
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But this technology has probably already been licensed for at least five years now.

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eewiz   6/21/2012 4:00:12 AM
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yup. Interdigital has been going after almost all wireless/mobile/chip companies to get them to license. And most of them did. That further reduces the value of these patents

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re: Intel to pay $375M for 1,700 InterDigital patents
docdivakar   6/25/2012 7:56:20 PM
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@goafrit: I am also a bit surprised by this. It could be that Intel may be designing wireless Silicon that can use the IP acquired from IDC. MP Divakar

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_hm   6/19/2012 1:27:44 AM
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How long this patent will be relevant? Innovation and research are always in motion. This may not provide Intel with much value.

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re: Intel to pay $375M for 1,700 InterDigital patents
resistion   6/19/2012 5:05:41 AM
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This is a really low valuation. Less than a quarter million per patent? Not even licensing, but complete purchase.

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resistion   6/21/2012 1:02:25 AM
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A valuation I had typically expected: http://www.moosedog.fi/2011/07/nortel-portfolio-sold-average-price-350k-per-patent/

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re: Intel to pay $375M for 1,700 InterDigital patents
unknown multiplier   6/21/2012 1:17:18 AM
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Low valuation could be from it being not so "hot" technology. That may also be why InterDigital was ok to part with it rather easily.

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Robotics Developer   6/20/2012 2:02:55 AM
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It makes me wonder if there is more to the purchase than is being reported. I have to agree that 3G is not the latest to the party technology and question if Intel really needed that or if they really bought it as part of a bundled larger portfolio purchase.

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eewiz   6/20/2012 5:54:31 AM
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Intel buying patents from patent troll!! Are they planning to troll others with these patents? If not they could simply get a license much cheaper than 375 mil.

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double-o-nothing   6/21/2012 12:54:07 AM
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USPTO search shows 1446 patents assigned to interdigital and 2282 applications (including those already granted). Assuming most of the 1700 are patents, it seems interdigital would have very little to offer after this purchase. I suppose when a company is offering its patents for sale instead of licensing, it means its own self-valuation of those patents is already quite low, or else it is in a hurry to raise cash.

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docdivakar   6/25/2012 1:13:16 AM
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It is a tough call to demarcate IDC as whether it is a non-practicing entity (NPE) or a practicing the art as many products companies do. NPE is solely for the purpose of licensing and NOT for practicing the art. NPE's motivation comes from litigating the IP! NPEs are NOT for transferring the technology! I hope the proceeds from the sale of the IP will let IDC become a practicing entity! MP Divakar



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