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More change at the top for Blackberry's licensing operation

Legal function takes responsibility for monetisation as efforts to cash-in on a largely unencumbered portfolio increasingly turn to litigation

More change at the top for Blackberry's licensing operation
8 Oct 2018

Life sciences innovators to gain from “new NAFTA”, but not immediately

The recently-struck deal promises to boost IP protection for pharma innovators in North America, but it will be years until it has an impact

6 Sep 2018

Facebook hits back at BlackBerry, but not before stocking up on ammunition

The social media giant - whose IP group is headed up by former Google patent chief Allen Lo - bought five of the six patents it is now asserting in a counter-suit against the Canadian company in July and August

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12 Jul 2018

Get used to the new normal, departing WiLAN chief tells the licensing market

Last month Quaterhill announced that Jim Skippen, CEO of its WiLAN subsidiary, was retiring after more than a decade leading the business. Skippen was instrumental in turning the Ottawa-based NPE into a patent licensing business which today has a… Read more

26 Jun 2018

South Korea’s MagnaChip back in monetisation mode, spinning former Hynix patents to WiLAN

WiLAN announced yesterday that it has acquired a patent portfolio totaling over 85 assets from Seoul-based MagnaChip Semiconductor. The transaction is part of WiLAN’s partnership programme. The deal marks the latest in a steady stream of… Read more

1 Jun 2018

Panasonic deal shows that Quarterhill remains a major player in the patent licensing space

WiLAN has acquired a portfolio of patents from Panasonic in the latest in a long line of patent transfers between the Japanese tech giant and the Canadian NPE.  The portfolio contains 34 patent families comprising 96 grants worldwide. It relates to… Read more

3 Apr 2018

BlackBerry patent take just shy of $200 million for FY2018 – a 50% year-on-year rise

Despite major upheaval in its licensing team BlackBerry saw a significant increase in its patent royalty income during the last fiscal year, according to figures released last week. Revenues jumped by more than 50% in the 12 months which concluded… Read more

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1 Aug 2017

A special anniversary at a time of rapid change

From June 18 to 20 2017, the 10th IPBC Global took place in Ottawa, with more than 500 senior IP leaders in attendance. Over the three days of the event a wide range of topics came up for discussion under the general theme of intellectual property in the age of convergence. The conference confirmed that the IP market is changing. The US-based confrontations which were once such a feature of the landscape have given way to a more collaborative approach to value creation, on a much more international stage. Business models and attitudes are evolving rapidly – and come 2020 it could all look very different again Read more

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

19 Jun 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights… Read more

10 Feb 2017

WiLAN picked up portfolios from Kodak and Global Foundries in 4th quarter, but expect a patent cull

WiLAN announced its results for the fourth quarter yesterday and it’s fair to say that the Canadian NPE had a very strong end to 2016. Revenues for the last three months of the year were $30.2 million, up just over $4 million year-on-year, while… Read more

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1 Aug 2017

A special anniversary at a time of rapid change

From June 18 to 20 2017, the 10th IPBC Global took place in Ottawa, with more than 500 senior IP leaders in attendance. Over the three days of the event a wide range of topics came up for discussion under the general theme of intellectual property in the age of convergence. The conference confirmed that the IP market is changing. The US-based confrontations which were once such a feature of the landscape have given way to a more collaborative approach to value creation, on a much more international stage. Business models and attitudes are evolving rapidly – and come 2020 it could all look very different again Read more

19 Jun 2017

Black swans, deals on the rise, an Oil States straw poll, and a whole lot of China: Day One of IPBC Global 2017

The first full day has come to an end at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, and the Molson and Labatt are beginning to flow at the Shaw Centre as delegates unwind after an intensive schedule of sessions, networking and meetings. Bringing you the highlights… Read more

10 Dec 2015

Privateering may be putting a brake on PIPCO consolidation

One of the trends for the NPE sector that this blog and others have been predicting for a while is that there will be a wave of a consolidation, principally among the public traded licensing businesses. Uncertainty in the IP market, thanks to a… Read more

8 Nov 2015

Parsa Wireless gets together with former Rockstar team to create a "win-win" alliance

File this under “One to Keep an Eye On”: Parsa Wireless has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Marquis Technologies, the firm led by former Rockstar CEO John Veschi, which he and other senior managers at the NPE formed following… Read more

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1 Oct 2017

IP lawyer: Canada joins the global mainstream on patent inutility

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the so-called ‘promise doctrine’, which should make it easier for patents to clear the utility bar. However, there are fears that litigants will use other avenues to challenge patent validity Read more

1 Aug 2017

A special anniversary at a time of rapid change

From June 18 to 20 2017, the 10th IPBC Global took place in Ottawa, with more than 500 senior IP leaders in attendance. Over the three days of the event a wide range of topics came up for discussion under the general theme of intellectual property in the age of convergence. The conference confirmed that the IP market is changing. The US-based confrontations which were once such a feature of the landscape have given way to a more collaborative approach to value creation, on a much more international stage. Business models and attitudes are evolving rapidly – and come 2020 it could all look very different again Read more

7 Jul 2017

Two big Canadian cases that were good news for patent owners draw sharp contrast to US situation

It’s not often that Canada is put on the map in IP value creation terms. Last month’s highly successful IPBC Global in Ottawa certainly helped, as have two recent court decisions, which should catch the eye of patent owners everywhere. Late last… Read more

20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

Litigation

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23 Jan 2018

WiLAN explains IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to others

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that… Read more

20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the… Read more

6 Oct 2017

Mark Kokes - the final interview before he departed BlackBerry head of IP licensing role

Last month we broke the news that BlackBerry VP of IP, licensing and standards, Mark Kokes, had unexpectedly left the company in mid-August, without a replacement being named. Last week the company released its latest quarterly figures – showing a… Read more

1 Oct 2017

IP lawyer: Canada joins the global mainstream on patent inutility

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the so-called ‘promise doctrine’, which should make it easier for patents to clear the utility bar. However, there are fears that litigants will use other avenues to challenge patent validity Read more

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20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the… Read more

6 Oct 2017

Mark Kokes - the final interview before he departed BlackBerry head of IP licensing role

Last month we broke the news that BlackBerry VP of IP, licensing and standards, Mark Kokes, had unexpectedly left the company in mid-August, without a replacement being named. Last week the company released its latest quarterly figures – showing a… Read more

19 Dec 2016

Conversant CEO Lindgren stands down with former Unwired Planet chief Boris Teksler taking the reins

The former boss of Unwired Planet, Boris Teksler, has been appointed the new CEO of Conversant, in a move that sees the Canadian NPE's current head John Lindgren step down after more than nine years in charge. A long-time player at the top of… Read more

24 Jun 2016

We’re in patent licensing, not patent selling, mode, says BlackBerry CEO

In terms of IP value creation Blackberry is one operating company worth keeping a close eye on. The Canadian tech giant has a huge portfolio of assets – around 38,000 – and has a brand with global cachet; but it is slowly withering in its legacy… Read more

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23 Jan 2018

WiLAN explains IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to others

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that… Read more

20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the… Read more

18 Apr 2017

“We’re not sure that investing significant amounts of capital in patents really makes sense,” says WiLAN CEO

Yesterday’s news that WiLAN will purchase an Internet of Things (IoT) business as it looks to diversify away from patent licensing represented another nail in the coffin of the NPE sector as we know it. WiLAN is acquiring International Road… Read more

3 Apr 2017

Blackberry calls in Hilco to move portfolio including former Nortel assets; China may be ultimate destination

Blackberry appears to have made a second significant patent disposal in the course of its turnaround strategy, in a deal facilitated by the relatively new IP transactions team at Hilco Global. The transaction history of the shell company that… Read more

Patent pools

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20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

Strategy

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23 Jan 2018

WiLAN explains IP ‘framework agreement’ with TSMC, plans to offer similar deal structure to others

Last week, we covered the new deal forged between WiLAN and TSMC, which the former described as a seven-year “intellectual property framework agreement” which has elements of an annual subscription. At the time, specifics about exactly what that… Read more

5 Dec 2017

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi… Read more

20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of doing all the work in-house, the company has agreed a deal that gives an entity called Teletry “the… Read more

6 Oct 2017

Mark Kokes - the final interview before he departed BlackBerry head of IP licensing role

Last month we broke the news that BlackBerry VP of IP, licensing and standards, Mark Kokes, had unexpectedly left the company in mid-August, without a replacement being named. Last week the company released its latest quarterly figures – showing a… Read more

Technology licensing

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20 Jun 2017

Future watching, convergence, US optimism, UPC doubts and more: Day Two IPBC Global 2017

After two and a half jam-packed days, IPBC Global 2017 has finally come to an end. Before IAM’s editorial team splits up to return to London, Hong Kong and Washington DC, we will offer a few bold predictions about what’s to come in the IP market… Read more

10 Dec 2015

Privateering may be putting a brake on PIPCO consolidation

One of the trends for the NPE sector that this blog and others have been predicting for a while is that there will be a wave of a consolidation, principally among the public traded licensing businesses. Uncertainty in the IP market, thanks to a… Read more

10 Dec 2015

Offensive and defensive victories for Seoul Semiconductor show the way forward for Korean companies

Seoul Semiconductor, announced yesterday that it has resolved a patent infringement dispute with Curtis International, after the the Canadian company agreed a royalty-bearing licensing deal. It marks the second such victory this year for the light… Read more

7 Dec 2015

Two recent WiLAN deals vindicate Panasonic's strategy of outsourcing patent monetisation to NPEs

WiLAN announced two significant licensing deals last week, each involving patent portfolios that had been assigned to it by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic. As well as delivering potentially important returns for the firm, the agreements also… Read more

Trademarks

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18 Jan 2017

Trademarks Office issues new practice notice for place of origin objections

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued a new practice notice to clarify Trademarks Office practice as it pertains to objections in examination raised under Paragraph 12(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act to geographical names. Read more

21 Dec 2016

Changes to IP rights on the horizon: Canada introduces legislation to implement CETA

The recently signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union requires Canada to make changes to its Patent Act and Trademarks Act. Bill C-30, which is now before Parliament, proposes amendments to several federal acts to implement CETA. Read more

23 Nov 2016

Federal Court reconsiders and confirms its earlier Chanel counterfeiting decision

As directed by the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court has reconsidered its earlier Chanel S De RL v Lam Chan Kee Co decision, in which it held the defendants liable for trademark infringement arising from the offering for sale and sale of counterfeit Chanel goods. Read more

13 Apr 2016

Trademark law: 2015 year in review

This article summarises some of the more noteworthy Canadian trademark law decisions and developments from 2015. Among other issues, the courts considered interlocutory injunctions, metatags and the Quebec language law. Read more

Valuation

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7 Jul 2017

Two big Canadian cases that were good news for patent owners draw sharp contrast to US situation

It’s not often that Canada is put on the map in IP value creation terms. Last month’s highly successful IPBC Global in Ottawa certainly helped, as have two recent court decisions, which should catch the eye of patent owners everywhere. Late last… Read more

3 Apr 2017

Blackberry calls in Hilco to move portfolio including former Nortel assets; China may be ultimate destination

Blackberry appears to have made a second significant patent disposal in the course of its turnaround strategy, in a deal facilitated by the relatively new IP transactions team at Hilco Global. The transaction history of the shell company that… Read more

10 Feb 2017

WiLAN picked up portfolios from Kodak and Global Foundries in 4th quarter, but expect a patent cull

WiLAN announced its results for the fourth quarter yesterday and it’s fair to say that the Canadian NPE had a very strong end to 2016. Revenues for the last three months of the year were $30.2 million, up just over $4 million year-on-year, while… Read more

29 Sep 2016

As Blackberry pulls out of handset business it has some big patent strategy calls to make

It has seemed like a fairly safe bet for some time that Blackberry would pull out of the phone making business. CEO John Chen had given it until this month to decide and yesterday he confirmed that the iconic mobile business would no longer be… Read more