A team of senior Rockstar Consortium executives has left the firm to start an IP advisory business they are calling Marquis Technologies. They will be led by John Veschi, previously Rockstar’s CEO and before that chief IP officer of Nortel. Their last day at the NPE - established in 2011 by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony after the Nortel patent auction - was Thursday 29th January, with Marquis opening for business the next day. A skeleton staff remains at Rockstar, but is expected to depart shortly in the wake of the sale of the firm’s 4,000-strong patent portfolio to RPX just before Christmas.

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