Joff Wild

Yesterday was a busy day for both TiVo and Technicolor. First off, it was announced that Arvin Patel – the chief IP officer at Technicolor – is to leave the Paris-based company to become chief IP officer at Tivo; then later in the day IAM learned from sources inside Technicolor that Deirdre Leane had been appointed the head of its global patent licensing operation with immediate effect – essentially taking over much of Patel's role.

Leane, who joined Technicolor's licensing team in December 2016, was previously the CEO of IPNav. She is very highly-regarded and has been featured in both the IAM Strategy 300, as well as our annual IAM 40 listing of the most influential figures in the global IP market.  Her new position makes her one of the few women anywhere to be leading a big ticket, global patent licensing business.

As for Patel, he is clearly very excited about his TiVo appointment, which represents something of a homecoming for him. “You may know that prior to my time at Technicolor I led the worldwide patent licensing business at Rovi for a few years,” he noted in an email to IAM this morning. “While I’ve been at Technicolor, Rovi acquired TiVo and now owns the combined IP portfolios of the two companies. I’m heading back to TiVo to take the role of EVP and CIPO reporting directly to the CEO.”

Patel described Technicolor as “one of the most successful technology licensing companies in the world” and talked of how he has helped it transition from a business largely reliant on revenue from a standards-based patent pool to one that has initiated several new licensing platforms across multiple markets. “I’m very proud of the work that my team and I did and the fact that we were able to set records for closing new deals and generating new deal revenue during my tenure there,” Patel stated.

The TiVo job, Patel continued, was too good to refuse. “TiVo’s licensing business is bigger and even more profitable than the one I’m leaving at Technicolor,” he noted; but what really gets his juices flowing is a stated commitment to grow even further: “That means opening up new licensing markets and really challenging ourselves to generate value for our shareholders by making the best entertainment-delivery technology available to companies across the many product categories that entertainment touches.”

As this blog has noted, TiVo has had a very successful recent history – with a number of big and innovative deals tied down with major players. Technicolor’s licensing business has also done pretty well for itself over the last couple of years. The two appointments announced yesterday are positive for both companies and look set to enable them to progress further.