is Chief Investment Officer at Michaelson Capital Partners LLC. He has spent his career as an executive and investor in emerging disruptive technology companies. From 1993 through 2005, Mr. Michaelson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Needham Investment Management. During his tenure, the team grew assets under management from $35 million to $4.6 billion in private funds and listed mutual funds.
Last week, years of arguing and contention came to an end. The fight I’m referring to was not a political campaign, but that doesn’t make its impact on our country any less significant – it’s a victory that everyone can celebrate. Finally, the long-running patent litigation battle between TiVo and Comcast is over. Comcast had infringed TiVo’s patents and, to put it simply, was bullying the smaller company by weaponizing their larger legal team. Eventually, the International Trade Commission (ITC) stepped in and the two companies were able to reach a new, long-term licensing agreement. In doing this, a crucial precedent was potentially set – it will arguably harder for massive companies to take advantage of smaller ones.