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Tue, May 3, 5:06 PM
- Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP): FQ3 EPS of -$1.04 misses by $0.56.
- Revenue of $1.25M in-line (flat Y/Y).
Thu, Apr. 7, 12:45 PM
Tue, Mar. 22, 12:41 PM
Tue, Mar. 22, 10:59 AM
- The U.K. High Court has ruled Samsung and Huawei infringe a standards-essential U.K. patent asserted by Unwired Planet (UPIP +13.6%). The ruling covered the third of five infringement trials scheduled to run into the summer - the next trial is set for the week of May 2.
- UPIP is entitled to reimbursement of "a substantial portion of its legal expenses." General counsel Noah Mesel: "With several favorable judgments in hand, it is no longer a question of whether licensees need take a license, but rather what is the appropriate price for the license."
- The company notes it had four court wins in the U.K. and Germany in November and January. Shares fell sharply in late January following an adverse U.K. ruling.
Fri, Feb. 5, 4:21 PM
- Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP): FQ2 EPS of -$1.35 misses by $0.45.
- Revenue of $1.26M (+0.8% Y/Y) misses by $0.02M.
Fri, Jan. 29, 12:44 PM
Fri, Jan. 29, 8:38 AM
- The U.K. High Court has ruled two Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP) patents are invalid due to obviousness, and will be revoked in the U.K.
- CEO Boris Teksler: "We are obviously disappointed with the result but at the same time appreciate that the issues raised were extremely complex both from a legal and technical point of view. Our attorneys are currently studying and digesting the judgment."
- The ruling comes two months after the High Court ruled Samsung and Huawei infringe a standards-essential UPIP 4G patent in the first of five technical trials. The latest ruling concludes the second trial; the next three are respectively scheduled to start in February, May, and July, with a separate trial covering competition and FRAND damages starting in October.
- UPIP is unchanged premarket for now.
Dec. 10, 2015, 5:06 PM
- With its shares trading near or below $1.00 this fall - they closed today at $0.95 - Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP) plans a 1:12 reverse split that will go into effect on Jan. 6 and (barring something unforeseen) guarantee the company is in compliance with the Nasdaq's $1.00 minimum bid rule.
- The mobile IP licensing firm has also launched a buyback good for repurchasing 5M pre-split shares, or over 4% of outstanding shares. The company had $77.3M in cash to help finance buybacks with at the end of September.
- UPIP is up 1.1% after hours on modest volume of 2,600 shares.
Nov. 23, 2015, 11:13 AM
- The U.K. High Court has ruled Samsung and Huawei infringe a standards-essential 4G patent asserted by Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP).
- UPIP states it's "not yet known" whether Samsung/Huawei will appeal, and that (per U.K. law) it will be "entitled to reimbursement of a substantial portion of its legal expenses" related to this portion of the case.
- The ruling covers the first of five U.K. infringement trials scheduled to occur through the summer of 2016. A sixth trial covering the proper application of FRAND licensing principles for standards-essential IP is set for Oct. 2016.
- In 2013, UPIP bought 2,185 mobile patents and applications from Ericsson, as well as a commitment to receive another 100 "patent assets" annually from 2014-2018; Ericsson receives a portion of the revenue produced by the patents. UPIP received an adverse ruling in May for a suit filed against Apple, and one last December for a suit filed against Google.
Nov. 9, 2015, 6:08 PM
- Along with its FQ1 results, Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP) announces it has named Jim Wheat, the CFO of HPC system maker SGI from 2008-2012, its new CFO, effective Nov. 2. Wheat replaced interim CFO Kip Witter III.
- The mobile IP licensing firm ended FQ1 with $77.3M in cash and short-term investments, down from $85.5M at the end of FQ4. Long-term notes payable stood at $31M.
- Recognized revenue of $1.3M stemmed from the Lenovo licensing deal, and backs out $0.3M in revenue-sharing payments to Ericsson. Patent licensing expenses rose by $0.3M Y/Y to $7.8M; G&A spend fell by $2.6M to $2.5M.
- Shares haven't yet moved after hours.
- FQ1 results, PR
Nov. 9, 2015, 4:13 PM
- Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP): FQ1 EPS of -$0.09 misses by $0.01.
- Revenue of $1.3M (+4.0% Y/Y) beats by $0.05M.
Aug. 25, 2015, 4:09 PM
- Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP): FQ4 EPS of -$0.08 in-line.
- Revenue of $0.8M
Jun. 2, 2015, 5:08 PM
- A day after Boris Teksler officially took over as CEO, Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP) states it has given Teksler options to buy 5.05M shares; that's equal to nearly 5% of UPIP's current share count.
- The options sport an exercise price of $0.6797 (matching yesterday's close), and will expire in 10 years. A third of the options will vest after one year, and the rest in quarterly installments over the following two years.
May 27, 2015, 10:44 AM
- The judge presiding over Unwired Planet's (NASDAQ:UPIP) infringement suit against Apple has granted Apple's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement on 3 out of 4 asserted patents. UPIP is "exploring all options available to us, including appealing them to the Federal Circuit."
- For the fourth patent, Apple was deemed to be not liable for inducing infringement by iPhone users - this meshes with a 2014 Akamai/Limelight Supreme Court ruling. Though UPIP's direct infringement case for the patent remains, the company says "a trial is not warranted unless and until a successful appeal regarding inducement occurs."
- UPIP adds it thinks the rulings "further exemplify the current uncertain and adverse climate in the U.S. that we perceive exists regarding patent holders’ rights, particularly with respect to narrowing (or even eliminating altogether) the scope of protection for these types of application-layer patents." It declares the decisions "underscores one of the reasons why we moved our primary enforcement focus to Europe in the beginning of 2014."
- Yesterday: Unwired Planet up 33% over last two trading days
May 26, 2015, 10:54 AM
- Microcap mobile IP licensing firm Unwired Planet (UPIP +23.2%) rallied strongly on Friday, and is posting even bigger gains today. No news explaining the move has yet hit the wires.
- 375K shares have already been traded today, topping a 3-month daily average of 220K. UPIP is 8 days removed from announcing VPs Daniel Mendez and Tom Robbins are resigning, paving the way for incoming CEO/Apple vet Boris Teksler to "assume principal responsibility for intellectual property activities." Teksler takes office on June 1.
May 18, 2015, 9:25 AM
- Daniel Mendez and Tom Robbins, until now the GMs of Unwired Planet's (NASDAQ:UPIP) IP licensing unit, have resigned.
- Boris Teksler, who was named CEO in April and will take office on June 1, will "assume principal responsibility for intellectual property activities." Teksler was once in charge of Apple's patent licensing/strategy.