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Future of Patent Licensing Deals on the Line at Federal Circuit

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC is set to rule on whether a patent owner who gives the ability to sublicense a patent can still sue another for infringement in a case that could have implications for other litigation funding transactions, after judges in Delaware and the Northern District of California ruled that Uniloc – which defaulted on a Fortress loan it used to pay for lawsuits against Motorola, Apple and Google, triggering a provision in the deal that ceded its patent sublicensing rights to Fortress – no longer had exclusionary rights to the patents and thus didn’t have legal standing to sue.

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Litigation Fund Fight Shows Trap Lurking in Win-Win Deals

Woodsford Group is trying to collect a $1.8 million arbitration award against Hosie Rice, a San Francisco law firm, which claims that Woodsford is going after fees that were never part of the deal, even though a panel of three arbitrators found the contract gave Woodsford the right to collect from the case.

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Litigation Finance Industry Outlook: Q2 2022

Cayse Llorens, Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky of Lexshares reflect on recent industry developments, including the news that industry veterans Adam Gerchen and Ashley Keller have returned to the market with a $750 million fund targeting secondary market investments and predict that we will see additional secondary funds coming to the market in the near future.

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