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GTT Group, Inc. Releases August 2015 Patent Transaction Market Outlook Including the Q2 2015 Patent Market Index

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, today makes available the Q2 2015 Patent Market Index and Patent Licensing Index in the August 2015 Patent Transaction Market Report.

The Q2 2015 PMI® fell 9.5 points to a point below the expected range of 115-105, but maintaining the current market equilibrium set in Q3 of 2014.

“The interest in high quality relevant assets is more germane than ever, characterized by intense purchaser scrutiny,” says Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “The demand for the high quality assets that meets strategic requirements has become more acute, a reaction to recent court actions that have reduced patent royalty awards and increased patent validity requirements.”

The PLI® continued its downward trend another 2.7% compared to Q1 2015 and again underperformed the S&P 500.

This quarter, RPX leads the Most Active Deal Makers Group. Of the quarter’s top six acquirers, five were Non-Practicing Entities (NPE). Top acquirers included: Intel Corp., Intellectual Ventures, IP Bridge, Marathon Patent Group, and Tessera Technologies.

This quarter introduces the GTT Group 2015 Patent M&A and IPO Considerations paper, followed by 2015 Patent Divestment Overview: Japan Originating Divestiture. Still available are the GTT Group 2015 Winter Report: Patent Value and the 2014 Annual Deal Review. Contact Collin Low at GTT Group for access to these reports.

Obtain a complete copy of the Patent Transaction Market Report through subscription to the Quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report and Patent Market Index. GTT Group makes this information available as a courtesy to the community.

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GTT Group to Sell Important Mobile Technologies Patent Portfolio

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent brokerage and patent transaction advisory services to information and communication technology companies worldwide, announces the availability of a patent portfolio related to mobile devices, mobile applications and wireless networks.

The portfolio contains 24 issued U.S. patents and 27 U.S. applications. The patents cover key innovations across mobile and wireless technology from the mobile device touch screen, processor, and wireless hardware; to network infrastructure; to cloud server systems; and to remote device control and home automation. The portfolio has strong priority dates, dating back to the late 1990s, and is highly cited by industry leaders.

“A compelling aspect of this portfolio is that the patents provide applicability to the entire mobile ecosystem,” said GTT Group Director of Asset Services, Andrew Godsey. “The claims provide coverage from the user interface all the way down to mobile device components.”

GTT Group has prepared market adoption materials to illustrate the value of the portfolio. The market adoption materials will be made available to interested parties under non-disclosure and non-notice provisions. To receive more information about this opportunity, please contact Andrew Godsey. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

The portfolio will be sold at a private auction in October 2015.

GTT Group Mobile Technologies Patent Portfolio Website Summary

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GTT Group to Sell Mobile Message Notification Patent Portfolio

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent brokerage and patent transaction advisory services to information and communication technology companies worldwide, announces the availability of a patent portfolio related to message notification to mobile devices.

The portfolio contains five issued U.S. patents and one pending U.S. application. Claimed inventions include content-based notification and user transparent pull operation for simulated push transmission of wireless email. In addition, the portfolio holds inventions for information management data synchronization. The included claims apply to mobile messaging solutions that provide push notifications to mobile devices through intermediary content notification services.

Mobile push notifications are a standard feature for all email providers who offer mobile applications. Providers use intermediary content push services, which grant simple but efficient quality of service and queuing capabilities that content providers need not implement themselves. A key advantage of intermediary content push services is that applications do not need to continuously run in the background or periodically fetch content.

“The inventions covered by the patents in this portfolio include a key feature being offered by mobile email applications,” said GTT Group Director of Asset Services, Andrew Godsey, Director of Asset Services. “We expect to see strong interest from companies interested in mobile messaging technology.”

GTT Group has prepared patent summaries and materials to illustrate market adoption by major market participants. The market adoption materials will be made available to interested parties under non-disclosure and non-notice provisions. To receive more information about this opportunity, please contact Andrew Godsey. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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Patent Valuation Best Practices includes use of GTT Group’s CompDB™

Global Technology Transfer Group Inc. (GTT Group) uses several methodologies when conducting patent valuations. The Comparable Transaction Database (CompDB™) is a foundational tool which is an integral part of our valuation practice.

CompDB is just one of several valuation approaches GTT Group when advising its clients. Valuation approaches include:

      Consensus Expert Valuation based on portfolio assessment (Patent Value Matrix™)
      Licensing Valuation based on latest Court decisions; and
      Comparable Transaction modeling (CompDB)

GTT Group’s CompDB is refreshed and monitored on a daily basis. Our subject matter and market analyst experts review new transaction data and conduct additional research which further refines the data set. Everything in the database is capable of being sorted by seller or buyer, by company, by technology, by price, and other critical data fields.

The patent market is opaque, not clear at all. It is tough to make patent valuation decisions with publicly traded companies where information is available and considered materially sufficient to mandate disclosure, but it is even more difficult to find data for privately held companies. GTT Group has been providing focus and clarity in the patent transaction marketplace for 18 years. We have been continuously gathering relevant data and have become a trust center for the market and our clients.

To find out more about CompDB and GTT Group’s other patent valuation approaches, please contact GTT Group.

GTT Group to Sell Enhanced User Experience Patent Portfolio

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the premier provider of patent brokerage and patent transaction advisory services to information and communication technology companies worldwide, announces the availability of the Enhanced User Experience patent portfolio related to mobile notifications and enhanced search technologies.

The Portfolio’s first family of patents is applicable to controlling mobile notifications and message retrieval based on sensed conditions, such as motion, ambient light, temperature, or object proximity. User experience is improved by automatically retrieving messages on-behalf of the user or issuing notifications to the user in response to trigger conditions, such as when the device is moved, turned over, or taken out of a pocket. These patented technologies can be implemented within currently available smartphones and wearable devices using their pre-existing on-board sensors and operating system infrastructure.

The Portfolio’s second family of patents is applicable to improving search from the perspective of the user. Patented technologies within this family supplement traditional keyword searching with contextual information obtained from natural language conversations previously recorded in the background. Privacy concerns are addressed by use of an over-writing circular buffer that offloads recorded audio conversations under select conditions. The patent technologies can be implemented within the context of wearable devices, smartphones, smart televisions, and entertainment systems to lessen the burden on the user in specifying search criteria. This patent family additionally includes technologies relating to collaborative group search in which search results provided to a group of users have increased or reduced search result diversity, depending on context.

“As our devices continue to improve in performance and functionality, there are high expectations set from users about their ideal experience,” said GTT Group Director of Asset Services, Andrew Godsey, Director of Asset Services bio. “The inventors of this portfolio have done an incredible job of anticipating the trend in next gen devices and provided practical solutions for improving the user experience.”

GTT Group has prepared summaries of the patents and their market importance. To receive more information about this opportunity, please contact Andrew Godsey. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

GTT Group will approach potential buyers and provide materials explaining the strategic advantages of acquiring the portfolio. In addition, GTT Group’s experts will be available to discuss the strengths of the patents and evidence of use in the market. The portfolio will be sold at a private auction in July 2015.

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GTT Group, Inc. Releases May 2015 Patent Transaction Market Outlook Including the Q1 2015 Patent Market Index

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, today makes available the Q1 2015 Patent Market Index and Patent Licensing Index results in the May 2015 Patent Transaction Market Report.

A 1.9-point gain in the Q1 2015 PMI® continued the activity level that began in mid-2014. GTT Group maintains a cautious outlook regarding further upward activity. In the Q1 2015 report, GTT Group cites several factors that may impact the PMI for the remainder of 2015 and following years.

“The major market challenge continues to be the lack of high quality relevant assets,” says Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “Activity remains high as parties search for strategic acquisitions that protect existing and future profit centers and deliver favorable licensing terms.”

The PLI® fell 3% during the first quarter of 2015 and underperformed the S&P 500. This index, which tracks 11 publicly traded patent licensing companies, was heavily affected by major value loses in three companies, that were partially offset by strong quarterly gains in three other companies. For information related to the companies that make up the index and their relative performance please see the PTMR for further details.

Once again, Intellectual Ventures led the Most Active Deal Makers list, but major manufacturers Apple, Hynix, and Intel returned to the list along with non-practicing entities RPX and Intellectual Discovery.

The GTT Group 2015 Winter Report: Patent Value and the 2014 Annual Deal Review, are both available directly from GTT Group.

Obtain a complete copy of the Patent Transaction Market Report through subscription to the Quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report and Patent Market Index. GTT Group makes this information available on a discretionary basis as a courtesy to the community.

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Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group) Announces Availability of the 2014 Annual Patent Deal Review

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group) announces the 2014 GTT Group Annual Patent Deal Review, which summarizes the patent transaction activities of major market participants during the year. The 2014 Annual Patent Deal Review is a complimentary report that summarizes the year in total and latest market trends including GTT Group’s PMI® and PLI® market leading indices.

The GTT Group Annual Patent Deal Review analyzes patent transaction data to identify the top dealmakers along with highlighting the most notable patent transactions that occurred during 2014.

“The markets have becoming increasingly selective and high value strategic assets are the cornerstone of the patent transaction marketplace,” said Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “A spattering of decisions related to patent value and eligible subject matter have necessitated that patent professionals reexamine existing best practices. 2015 represents a transition year for the marketplace.”

GTT Group’s data harvesting efforts include identifying and analyzing patent deals. This information is used by GTT Group to provide comparable valuations, patent acquisition and divestment strategies for GTT Group clients. The original data is sorted and analyzed through proprietary systems and software developed by GTT Group for the specific purpose of patent transaction market analysis.

All GTT Group clients and Patent Transaction Market Report subscribers receive a copy of the 2014 GTT Group Annual Patent Deal Review. Contact GTT Group to receive a complimentary copy of the Annual Patent Deal Review for 2014.

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GTT Group, Inc. Releases the 2015 Winter Report on Patent Value

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, releases the Winter 2015 Report: Patent Value.

The GTT Group Winter 2015 Report on Patent Value outlines recent market realities facing patent valuation, including current risks and considerations that should be taken by any patent professional. This Winter Report is intended as a primer regarding patent value considerations in light of recent court decisions and patent reform legislation. Patent valuation methodologies have been under intense scrutiny, especially as those methodologies are applied to standard related patents and commercially important feature patents.

“GTT Group wanted to lend additional clarity to the patent value discussion,” states Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “Within the patent monetization and patent business strategy context, assessing patent value based on new realities will be critical to positive outcomes whether in a divestiture or licensing scenario. The great disconnect has always been around value, now there is some new lucidity that parties should take advantage of when making patent business decisions.”

The report highlights the monetization risks that need to be considered in the current patent marketplace. The impact that recent court rulings have had on patent validity and patent value is crucial to making the best patent related business decision. The Winter Report explores:

  • Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) obligations for standards essential patents,
  • as well as component and royalty rate apportionment considerations.

 

The Winter Report also discusses how key patent decisions have altered the value of certain patents in the marketplace:

  • Apple v. Motorola
  • Microsoft v. Motorola
  • Ericsson v. D-Link
  • Alice Corp v. CLS Bank

 

GTT Group publishes the quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report (PTMR), which includes the Patent Market Index (PMI®), tracking patent transaction activity and patent marketplace trends, and the Patent Licensing Index (PLI®), tracking activity among publicly traded patent licensing companies to provide comparative performance indicators. The 2014 Annual Deal Review will become available in February 2015, reviewing the overall trends of 2014 and the deal leaders.

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GTT Group, Inc. Releases December 2015 Patent Transaction Market Outlook Including the Q4 2014 Patent Market Index

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory services, releases the Q4 2014 Patent Market Index and Patent Licensing Index in the January 2015 Patent Transaction Market Report.

The Q4 2014 PMI™ gained 3.4 points to close 2014 at 111.6, slightly above the average for the past two years and within the normalized trend forecasted by GTT Group. The Q4 2014 PLI also remained within expected average levels after the record rise recorded in the Q2 period.

“The Q4 2014 gain is less volatile than the previous three quarters, as expected”, stated Michael Lubitz, CEO and Chairman of GTT Group. “Our expectation moving into Q1 2015 is flat or possibly a moderate uptick reflecting historical yearend recording backlogs that inflate Q1 assignment recordings.”

In January 2015, GTT Group publishes the 2015 Winter Report: Patent Value, with a focus on recent events that are impacting patent value. The 2014 Annual Deal Review will become available in February 2015, reviewing the overall trends of 2014 and the 2014 deal leaders.

Intellectual Ventures led the Most Active Deal Makers list for the third quarter in a row, followed by Apple Corporation, Intellectual Discovery, RPX, and Acacia.

Obtain a complete copy of the Patent Transaction Market Report through subscription to the Quarterly Patent Transaction Market Report and Patent Market Index. GTT Group makes this information available as a courtesy to the community.

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GTT Group releases Patent Licensing Index

Global Technology Transfer Group, Inc. (GTT Group), the world leader in patent transaction advisory, patent valuation, and patent analysis services is pleased to introduce the Patent Licensing Index (PLI). The PLI® is a pioneering index designed to provide transparency related to publicly traded patent licensing companies. The index is intended to create additional understanding and insight related to the licensing segment of the patent marketplace.

The PLI covers the equity performance of 11 companies that derive their income principally from patent licensing or related activities. The PLI represents the culmination of on-going research and evaluation of the sector, and comparative performance related to other wider industry indexes.

Michael Lubitz, GTT Group’s CEO commented, “Besides GTT Group’s world leading patent transaction and strategic advisory services, GTT Group is the leader in providing vital information related to the patent marketplace, including the Patent Market Index (PMI). GTT Group first introduced the pioneering PMI and quarterly Patent Marketplace Report in 2009. The PMI and Patent Marketplace Report are now key information sources for the patent transaction professional.”

“Following initial investigation into the licensing market we were surprised to find that no bellwether index or professional coverage existed related to publicly traded patent licensing companies. After some thought and discussion we think such information will be very useful to patent professionals and help promote further transparency.”

To obtain a complete copy of PLI information including recent quarterly data, please visit the GTT Group Quarterly Report subscription form. GTT Group makes this information available on a discretionary basis as a courtesy to the community.

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