M·CAM, Inc. releases Patently Obvious™ on the Intellectual Property of Isilon Systems, Inc.
M·CAM, Inc. releases Patently Obvious on the Intellectual Property of Isilon Systems, Inc.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 22, 2010 –– M·CAM, Inc. released its Patently Obvious report today on the patent holdings of Isilon Systems, Inc. M&A activity in the technology sector has heated up dramatically in the past month as companies scramble to strengthen their IP positions and acquire key personnel. News of imminent rollups in the storage and security sectors specifically has driven speculation into the identity of the next impending targets.
One potential acquisition target is Isilon Systems. Isilon is a data storage provider with proprietary clustered hardware and software systems. One of their main product offerings is their OneFS distributed file system, based off of FreeBSD, which is the operating system that powers their hardware product offerings. Isilon fits the profile as a potential acquisition target for information technology giants such as HP, Dell, or Oracle; in fact, in the wake of Dell's failed bid for 3PAR, analysts identified Isilon Systems by name as a potential replacement. The Netezza acquisition has only further heightened the buzz around Isilon, whose stock is up over 200% for the year.
The big question, however, is whether investors and potential suitors have priced IP risk into their market valuations of Isilon Systems. Current market trends are based on the perceived value of Isilon's proprietary positions and offerings in their space. How unique and novel are these offerings, however? An analysis of Isilon's IP is in order to better address this question.
M·CAM's Patently Obvious is a weekly report providing visibility into potentially unconsidered alternatives, including art in the public domain, to patent holdings across a variety of technology areas.
M·CAM, Inc. is a global, full–service intellectual property and rights (IP&R) and intangible asset financial services firm. We provide the technical and financial systems that allow public and private markets to use IP&R and IA for regulated transactions in banking, securities, insurance, and public innovation investment and technology procurement. From our pioneering work in creating the world's first standards–based innovation collateralization financial products for banking and securities to our work in grassroots innovator enablement and patent quality assurance programs, M·CAM provides the mechanism to balance the interests of public and commercial sectors to support and build thriving economies.
The M·CAM Patently Obvious report on Isilon Systems, Inc. can be found HERE