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Pfizer Fights Patent Losses With Divestments

110Pfizer Inc (PFE), the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company, posted an enormous increase in quarterly profits from $1.4 billion in Q4-2011 to $6.3 billion in Q4-2012 because of the $11.85 billion cash sale of its infant nutrition unit to Nestle. Pfizer completed the sale in November and booked the whole gain of $4.83 billion. The company was also able to lower its costs and expenses and as a result performed better than analysts’ estimates. Excluding one-off items, Pfizer’s adjusted quarterly earnings were $3.52 billion or $0.47 per share which off 6.9% year over year. The company is still recuperating from the loss of patent of some of its best drugs such as Geodon, Xalatan and, of course, Lipitor.

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Patent Settlement Turns Nokia into Blackberry Fan

research-in-motion_200x200Nokia (NYSE:$NOK) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ:$RIMM) have decided to settle all of their patent disputes whereby RiM will make payments to Nokia both up front and on an on-going basis. This has created a fresh licensing agreement between the two companies, the details of which – and the settlement – have not been released. In a similar case, Nokia extracted a $565 million royalty from Apple (NASDAQ:$AAPL) last year. Nokia moved against RiM last month after it found that the latter was breaching its contract in the U.K, U.S and Canada. Both Apple and RiM will now be paying a lifetime of royalties to Nokia, who frankly, need to scare up as much cash as they can.

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Peter Pham is an author, international fund manager, and a registered financial director by the Cayman Monetary Authority (CIMA). In 2013 he published his first book entitled, The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns. He currently manages the portfolio of a global hedge fund and runs an asset management company, Phoenix Capital.  (read more)

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