Region: Canada

Drug royalty sales supercharged by sinking biotech valuations, says leading dealmaker

Following the firm’s recent $115 million investment, Sagard Healthcare Royalty Partners’ Ali Alagheband says a flurry of activity is underway in the market

03 October 2022

Importance of cash-only agreements plummets in IP licensing, according to new LES USA and Canada report

With the effects of the America Invents Act and Supreme Court eligibility decisions biting, the survey finds that deal values are down overall - with NPEs seeing among the sharpest falls

27 September 2022

$600 million BlackBerry patent deal still alive despite exit of key financial backer

Third Eye Capital syndicate due to provide $400 million for the purchase of the portfolio pulls out, but replacements are said to be on hand

31 August 2022

No decision on possible WiLAN sale yet taken, says Quarterhill CEO

A strategic review that began in December 2021 is ongoing with several options being explored and meanwhile the firm continues to do deals

11 August 2022

BlackBerry CEO “responding to the calls” of other bidders for the company’s patents

John Chen says there’s a high probability that Catapult IP Innovations will still buy the portfolio, but he wants shareholders to know he’s “not just stuck with one option”

24 June 2022

BlackBerry's $600 million patent sale hits trouble

Company now exploring other options after proposed buyer fails to secure financing by the end of May deadline

01 June 2022

WiLAN reports Apple patent licence windfall and appoints new CEO

Andrew Parolin will take the helm at WiLAN, as parent company Quarterhillcontinues to explore options for the licensing business including a possible sale

13 May 2022

WiLAN patent portfolio will demand attention if a sale is pursued

As Quarterhill’s strategic review considers the potential sale of Canadian patent licensing business WiLAN, a PatSnap portfolio analysis shows plenty of value for any future buyer

10 May 2022

Michael Vladescu RIP

WiLAN boss’s untimely death announced by firm’s parent company Quarterhill

05 May 2022

Canada’s government ramps up efforts to build an IP strategy fit for a G7 economy

New proposals outlined in the federal budget are designed to enable the country to become a patent power on a par with the top performing members of the group

18 April 2022

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