Canadian NPE WiLAN announced late last week that it has entered into a patent licensing and sale agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC). The proposed transaction is indicative of novel strategies being adopted in the NPE sector, where an increasingly difficult environment is forcing players to reconsider and revise their business models. But it also demonstrates a changing mindset within Taiwanese industry, where domestic manufacturers which have conventionally focused on filing huge numbers of patents and in- licensing from foreign corporates are increasingly setting their sights on portfolio acquisitions and monetisation.

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