Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


6 Months Ended
Apr. 30, 2014
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]


Patent Acquisition Obligations

As of April 30, 2014, we have incurred obligations due no later than November 2017 related to the acquisition of patents, which have a discounted present value of approximately $ 3,037,000, and which amount will be reduced by royalties paid during the period.  The payment due in November 2017 is payable at the option of the Company in cash or common stock.

Litigation Matters

On January 28, 2013, we filed a lawsuit in the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California against AUO and E Ink in connection with the AUO License Agreements, alleging breach of contract and other charges, and are seeking compensatory, punitive, and treble damages (the “AUO/E Ink Lawsuit”).   In addition to numerous material breaches by AUO of the AUO License Agreements, the Complaint alleges that AUO and E Ink conspired to obtain rights to CopyTele’s ePaper® Electrophoretic Display technology, and CopyTele’s Nano Field Emission Display technology.  CopyTele alleges that such activities violated several State and Federal anti-trust and unfair competition statutes for which punitive and/or treble damages are applicable.  We can give no assurance as to the potential outcome of this litigation.  However, it is reasonably possible that the Company will not prevail on its damages claims in arbitration.  Pursuant to the terms of the related arbitration agreement, the Company may be liable for AUO’s attorney’s fees, which may exceed $1 million, if the Company does not prevail.

The operations of the Company involved patent licensing and enforcement in connection with the unauthorized use of patented technologies.   In connection with any of our patent enforcement actions, it is possible that a defendant may request and/or a court may rule that we have violated statutory authority, regulatory authority, federal rules, local court rules, or governing standards relating to the substantive or procedural aspects of such enforcement actions.  In such event, a court may issue monetary sanctions against us or award attorney's fees and/or expenses to a defendant(s), which could be material.

Other than the foregoing, we are not a party to any material pending legal proceedings.  We are party to claims and complaints that arise in the ordinary course of business.  We believe that any liability that may ultimately result from the resolution of these matters will not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our financial position or results of operations.