I think your take on the patents is almost correct. Blinkx have I think two directly assigned to them which can be found on the US Patent Office website. I have checked several times and I can't find any others but there are a pile of them originally assigned to Autonomy. Blinkx also have several applied for but not yet granted. But yes the majority of the patents are for IDOL for which Blinkx has a perpetual licence so they will keep the benefit of this protection for roughly another decade.
In case people here aren't too familiar with patent law its actually named individual (s) who made the invention who apply for the patent and its subsequently assigned to the company who funded the work assuming the company had the forethought to put it in their terms and conditions of employment. Where I worked there was a token payment of £1.00 to show that the inventors had accepted and received benefit for the assignations. Lawyers!
Wiki is technically correct (but is often wrong); there are 111 patents protecting IDOL, which is "related to the site's search engine", which is the name of the Autonomy search engine, which is behind CORE.
I read fleabite on LSE. He is so mind addled that he has absolutely nothing worth listening to as anybody who reads his posts on there will verify.
Where does it say that the 111 patents belong to HP? If that is the case then Wiki has got it wrong where it says:
"Blinkx (London AIM, stylized as blinkx), is an Internet Media platform that connects online video viewers with publishers and distributors, using advertising to monetize those interactions. blinkx has an index of over 35 million hours of video and 800 media partnerships; 111 patents related to the site's search engine technology, which is known as CORE."
Please note, it says "111 patents relate to "THE SITE'S" (i.e. Blinkx) search engine technology...CORE". Core is specific to Blinkx and has nothing to do with HP or Autonomy other than it uses a version of IDOL at its very roots that it has the use of in perpetuity.
HP might want to blacken Mike Lynch's name, but he is no fool and if he sold Autonomy to HP, you can be sure he transferred any of the patents specifically relating to Blinkx to Blinkx before he did that.
Not only that, but Blinkx existed long before it floated in 2004 and was developed inside Autonomy and after the float Autonomy staff continued to work for Blinkx. In fact, in the first year or two after float, Blinkx paid Autonomy for the product and the work. It was one of the reasons why in the first years it was loss making so all the patents relating to the video search would have been "sold" by Autonomy to Blinkx.
So, even if Autonomy developed patents specific to video search, they ended up in Blinkx.
As for patents, years ago BT was filing 1,000 patents a week and a recent statement says that AT&T have tens of thousands of patents. So, perhaps he needs to come into the real world.
But then, when you live off road kill, smoke pot and lots of other substances what do you expect?
I was called yesterday by Dan Slivjanovski (blinkx SVP Marketing) to follow up on queries I had lodged with marlinpr, the agency handling the Forensiq press release.
I asked first what the “UK and European” scope of the Forensiq deal meant. Dan explained that blinkx is initially working with Forensiq in the UK as a way of assessing what Forensiq can do for blinkx and reviewing whether this could have wider application within blinkx (i.e. global). The “UK and Europe” is the footprint of the commercial operations run out of the UK by blinkx. This is a discrete scope of operations which seemed appropriate to blinkx for reviewing a broader partnership with Forensiq.
I then asked about the “Battling the Bots” article. Dan clarified that this was a soft “PR push” from blinkx, the journalist followed up with specific Q&A following on from the Forensiq publicity. As such the question on Zango and AdOn had come from the journalist. In blinkx’ view the question was less material to the announcement because the Forensiq deal is initially focusing on video in the UK whereas blinkx’ ad-supported software business is really a non-video business and AdOn currently does not drive supply in the UK. So blinkx’ intention in answering the question as they did was just politely to deflect the question because of its irrelevancy to the Forensiq deal.
Finally I asked if the Forensiq announcement and follow-up articles were the start of the “late-summer PR push” that has been talked about before. Dan said, in effect yes, because blinkx has been doing a lot of work over the summer and there are likely to be several announcements that emerge through September as a consequence of that work.
I have to say that I find Dan’s diligence in following up on questions from private investors refreshing, given how busy he must be, and completely at odds with the view sometimes expressed on these bulletin boards that blinkx management do not have much regard for shareholders. By safarinorman
Speaking personally, I need Becky to explain, if she has the time, but I get a daily chart stretching from October 1013, having chosen under "More Options" Page Views (NB); and by selecting September 9th from the little scrolling indicator box at the RHS, Sept 9th 2014 MOBILE WEB page views 3,628,126 Page views/Unique 6.4 ONLINE page views 112,339,787 Page views/Unique 9.6 (for some days this goes as high as 11.8)
This daily chart , with Online Page views going up from 20m in January 2014 to 112 m. now must mean something remarkable is going on, even if Burst was only 25% of Group revenue in FY14 ?
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