Who Backs the Patent Trolls?

Who backs Intellectual Ventures? We now know:

… last week, following a ruling in a patent suit brought by programmable chipmaker Xilinx Inc. IV has filed a list of investors. As earlier reported by the blog patentlyo.com, IV counts among its investors Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings Inc., Apple Inc. (AAPL), Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), EBay Inc. (EBAY) and Google Inc. (GOOG) as well as universities such as Stanford University, the University of Texas, northwestern University and Brown University.



  1. So Crates says:

    Ah, but the largest of the cockroaches is former Microsoft Mogul (surprise, surprise) Nathan Myhrvold.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Myhrvold

  2. Bob Haugen says:

    The original article at http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2011/05/intellect… says "For the most part, these tech companies appear to have invested in intellectual ventures as part of a licensing agreement."