Seeking Alpha

Markman Advisors'  Instablog

Markman Advisors
Send Message
Markman Advisors specializes in the strategic analysis of investment opportunities presented by intellectual property—and in particular, patent—litigation activities. We are all USPTO-registered patent attorneys with decades of combined experience in patent litigation, licensing and procurement.... More
My company:
Markman Advisors LLC
My blog:
Markman Advisors
View Markman Advisors' Instablogs on:
  • Litigation Alpha - A New Alert System For Investors

    Markman Advisors is pleased to announce the launch of Litigation Alpha, a unique automated alert system for investors, and anyone else, interested in litigation events. The market-moving impact of litigation events is well established, and with Litigation Alpha investors now have the ability to passively monitor for important court decisions and docket entries. Subscribers to Litigation Alpha have the ability to designate cases of interest to them, and receive alerts when events occur in those cases. Designed by real litigators for investors -- Litigation Alpha is an important new tool for both institutions and retail investors alike. Find out more and sign up at

    Litigation Alpha Frequently Asked Questions:

    What is Litigation Alpha?

    Litigation Alpha is an automated alert system designed to allow those interested in litigation events to find out about docket entries and opinions in near real-time. Subscribe to Litigation Alpha, and when a court document is posted on a litigation docket, you are notified. Get this information in time to act, whether by trading on the information, or protecting an existing position.

    Why would I need Litigation Alpha?

    Are you invested in a stock awaiting an important court decision? Typical media outlets can take up to several hours to report a court decision. That time can compromise your trade or existing position. With Litigation Alpha, you can be alerted about a court decision quickly after it issues.

    Who uses Litigation Alpha?

    Prior to this public launch, the users of Litigation Alpha were its developers (Markman Advisors), and their consulting clients -- primarily hedge funds and family offices. Markman Advisors has been using Litigation Alpha for months to monitor litigations for the following companies: Parkervision (NASDAQ:PRKR), Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG), MGT (NYSEMKT:MGT), Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Crossroads (NASDAQ:CRDS), Document Security Systems (NYSEMKT:DSS), VirnetX(NYSEMKT:VHC), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), On Track Innovations (NASDAQ:OTIV), Marvell (MVRL), Avanir (NASDAQ:AVNR) and many others.

    Who should subscribe to Litigation Alpha?

    Litigation Alpha was designed to be of value to both institutions and retail investors -- anyone whose investments are impacted by litigation events.

    How does it work?

    Litigation Alpha is currently configured to track docket entries on any case filed and maintained on the PACER system for federal court cases. Subscribers can select the cases of interest to them, and decide whether they want hourly or half-hourly tracking of docket entries. Opinions, which are of most interest to investors, are tracked on a nearly real-time basis. When a new docket entry or opinion is posted on a litigation docket, Litigation Alpha automatically generates an alert for email or push notification to the subscriber. The alerts identify the case, the event, and when appropriate contain a copy of any filed documents.

    What does it cost?

    For basic alerts, Litigation Alpha is priced based on the docket tracking interval, and the number of cases tracked. See for more detail on pricing and to start tracking.

    Who developed Litigation Alpha?

    Markman Advisors consists of experienced patent litigators, who offer high-end consulting services to investors and inventors on patent monetization and patent-focused trading strategies.

    Why was Litigation Alpha developed?

    Litigation Alpha was designed by investors and litigators who understand the critical importance of finding out about litigation events as quickly as possible. Litigation Alpha was developed to track multiple court dockets, and automatically find out about litigation events in those cases as quickly as possible.

    How can I find out more?

    Feel free to learn more at, or contact us by email or phone for more information.

    Jul 18 12:59 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Members Of Markman Advisors Launch IP Litigation Boutique

    The members of Markman Advisors have opened their own intellectual-property boutique law firm - Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov PLLC ("KSK IP Law").

    The firm will focus on providing patent litigation and counseling services. The members of KSK IP Law have more than 30 years of collective experience litigating patents and other intellectual property matters, through both trials and appeals, in courts throughout the country. The firm intends to fill a growing demand from both patent-holders and accused infringers for smart, effective legal representation at predictable costs coupled with attentive service.

    Markman Advisors will continue advising investors within the patent monetization sector, and intends to be more active than ever. Now, the firm can utilize its newfound flexibility to offer fee structures tuned to the demands of members of the patent investment community interested in top-shelf legal services. Markman Advisors also looks to continue providing high-level analysis of the patent investment space here on Seeking Alpha.

    For more information, please visit

    Disclaimer: Markman Advisors would never comment on pending litigation involving any of our firm's clients. Nor would we ever act as "consultants" to parties in litigation, since any such consultation would likely create an attorney-client relationship. If members of KSK IP Law are not representing either of the parties in litigation, Markman Advisors could consult and advise investors and funds interested in our read of patent litigation events and potential resultant effects on share prices.

    Dec 01 9:24 PM | Link | 1 Comment
  • USPTO Resurrects Vringo's ’420 Patent

    In a welcome bit of good news for Vringo investors, the USPTO has resurrected one of the Lang patents at issue in Vringo's (NASDAQ:VRNG) major litigation with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Some quick thoughts:

    1) Vringo brought its '420 patent back from the dead without reaching the PTO Board of Appeals by successfully arguing around the prior art references after the final rejection: While this is unusual, it is also welcome, and investors should remember that patents surviving re-examination are generally much stronger for doing so. With the Google trial result currently on appeal to the Federal Circuit, Vringo's appellate counsel is now in a much more favorable position - as they can argue that the jury's findings on the '420 patent's validity is in line with the view of the USPTO after re-examination. Without today's ruling, Vringo would have had to deal with Google imploring the Federal Circuit to overturn the jury on validity, in light of the now-lifted final rejection.

    2) Some of the issues brought up by Google in the running royalty motions that are now in front of Judge Jackson are now moot. Basically, any arguments that Google made relying on the USPTO final rejection are now inapt, and Vringo may very well bring this decision to the Judge's attention in a supplemental filing.

    3) Vringo has more settlement leverage against Google, since one of Google's promising avenues (in the USPTO) is closed for now with respect to the '420 patent. This actually increases the stakes for the Federal Circuit appeal, but with more riding on that particular race, the settlement calculus will definitely shift for both parties. Of course, Google is unlikely to settle without hearing the Federal Circuit's decision, and they could initiate more re-examinations to the extent they have new prior art for the USPTO to consider. For the moment, it looks like the Federal Circuit appeal is for all the marbles;

    4) Vringo also may have new targets for additional lawsuits. As noted above, re-examined patents are stronger - especially in front of juries. Should Vringo target other search companies, they will be moving forward with a stronger '420 patent as a result of the USPTO's decision today.

    So today's news was good for Vringo. All eyes remain on the Norfolk, Virginia, and Washington D.C. with investors and the parties focusing on the running royalty decision in Judge Jackson's hands, and the all-important Federal Circuit briefing process that will unfold over the next few months. Lurking in the background is Google's workaround claim and the pending re-examination of the other Lang patent in the case as well. We will be watching closely on all fronts.

    Tags: VRNG, Technology
    Jul 24 4:49 PM | Link | 6 Comments
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers


More »

Latest Comments

Posts by Themes
Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.