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Size is not everything

By Richard Lloyd

After it opted against a sale five years ago, InterDigital has been on a licensing roll with a series of headline deals. The question now is whether it can maintain this growth

At first glance, InterDigital is a mass of contradictions. It is a high-tech pioneer, yet its suburban Delaware HQ is far removed from the sun-dappled campuses of Silicon Valley. Its workforce of around 300 is packed with talent, but is dwarfed by the giants of the wireless world, such as Ericsson and Qualcomm. It is a licensing business which has continued to sign deals and grow revenues at a time when the monetisation of standard-essential patents (SEPs) – particularly in the wireless space – has never been tougher. Most significantly, it is a public IP company which has seen its share price skyrocket in the last five years, at a time when many non-practising entities (NPEs) have struggled on the capital markets.

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