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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
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  • 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!
  • Markman Advisors Fund Up 65.05% Annually

    January 2, 2014

    Markman Advisors is pleased to report that its inaugural trading fund has increased in value by 43.36% (net of all expenses) since its inception 8 months ago, which is equivalent to a 65.05% annualized return. At this time, Markman Advisors' trading fund is closed to outside investors, though we are open to exploring possible relationships on a case-to-case basis.

    In 2013, the S&P 500 Index rose 29.6% and the Dow Jones industrial average rose 26.5%. The NASDAQ composite rose 38.3% for the year.

    The Markman Advisors trading fund was formed in May of 2013 to leverage its partners' deep understanding of the highly-volatile, yet lucrative, patent litigation sector. In the last 8 months, ending December 31st, the fund saw considerable appreciation in most of its investments, particularly those investments made in anticipation of, or as a result of, patent litigation-driven trading events.

    Litigation-based event-driven trading is common in the investment community. In the last few years, patent litigation, in particular, has seen exploding levels of investor interest, as patent litigation creates uncorrelated volatility in stocks based on litigation catalysts. This high volatility is what attracts many investors to the patent litigation space.

    Our experience-based assessment of publicly available information allowed us to identify unique trading opportunities and capitalize on them. Whether it's taking the short or the long side of the trade, we have consistently been able to accurately utilize the predicted high volatility to our advantage.

    We were also able to learn a few lessons along the way - not only how to assess a patent-litigation trading event, but how to assess the market's reaction to such events. These lessons will undoubtedly bolster our trading strength in the future. We are happy to consider serious inquiries from those interested in our services, as we look forward to a very successful 2014.

    Jan 02 1:58 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
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