“Defensive patent aggregator”RPX (Rational Patent) filed an S-1 form with the SEC on Friday, stating its intention to go public. According to the form, RPX is looking to sell up to $100 million of its shares in an IPO underwritten by Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Allen & Company LLC and others.
Defense Play RPX, a defensive patent aggregator, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding led by Index Ventures with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Charles River Ventures participating. The company also raised an undisclosed Series A round of funding in September 2008 from Kleiner Perkins and and Charles River Ventures.
Patent litigation is getting so bad that a new startup, RPX Corp. (aka, Rational Patent) is gearing up to help companies defend themselves specifically against patent trolls (organizations that buy up patent portfolios with the express intention of forcing other companies to license those patents or face a lawsuit). RPX markets itself as a “defensive patent aggregator.” It buys up its own… → Read More