Checking up on Intellectual Ventures [IV]
from Untangling the Web of Patents Controlled by Intellectual Ventures :
IP Checkups Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based firm that helps small companies navigate the patent landscape, now hopes to shine a light on one of the world's biggest NPEs: Intellectual Ventures. IP Checkups announced on Monday that it intends to compile a free public database of IV's roughly 40,000 patents, which are spread between an estimated 1,200 subsidiaries. The firm says it will give updates on its research on a blog written in the style of a "detective film noir." To complete the project, IP Checkups is asking for $80,000 in donations through the crowdfunding web site Indiegogo.