Intellectual-VenturessmallNathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced a new patent licensing deal today with ASI Semiconductor Inc., a small Los Angeles company that manufactures RF power transistors and microwave diodes.

ASI will now have permission to license IV’s radar and avionics RF power transistor technologies, which are part of a portfolio of nearly 40,000 IV-owned patents.

IV recently set up a D.C. office in an effort to support a lobbying push as the U.S. government cracks down on “patent trolls.” The Bellevue-based company has come under the Federal Trade Commission microscope as of late, with the government set to launch an investigation of patent-holding firms that will require companies to answer questions about the legitimacy of their business.

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