Region: Canada

A director’s guide to modernising IP governance frameworks

Boards and directors typically prioritise non-IP issues on the corporate agenda; however, legal requirements and market activities suggest that this might be a serious misstep.

30 November 2018

Facebook goes back on the patent acquisition trail

Social media giant picks up more than 100 US assets from Provenance in a move that may be linked to ongoing litigation tussle with BlackBerry

30 October 2018

Cannabis food and drink patent war on the horizon as sector set to boom

Data analysis reveals sparsely populated IP landscape and, with many big companies yet to enter the fray, “once-in-a-generation” opportunities for innovators

26 October 2018

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

18 October 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

08 October 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

06 September 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…

12 July 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…

26 June 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…

01 June 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…

03 April 2018

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