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30 May 2019

$1 billion Keytruda deal illustrates value of royalty right sales for research institutes

Transformative agreement shows why niche investment model may appeal to cash-strapped life sciences innovators

29 March 2019

Blackberry sees huge surge in licensing revenues after big Q4

Company reports numbers as it embarks on new hunt for licensing head

28 February 2019

WiLAN CEO departs after just months in the job

Keaton Parekh (right) has been replaced by the firm's former COO as the giant NPE struggles to find a successor to Jim Skippen

23 January 2019

Kokes hails "fantastic first year" as NantWorks CIPO

In exclusive interview with IAM, after confirming as a speaker for IPBC Global 2019, the former BlackBerry IP chief talks in-depth about life sciences and high tech convergence - and the many patent opportunities that creates 

30 November 2018

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.

18 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

12 July 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…

20 November 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…

06 October 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…

19 December 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…

24 June 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…

02 June 2016

In a major IP market move TechInsights and Chipworks announce that they are joining forces

Canadian technology analysis and reverse engineering businesses TechInsights and Chipworks have announced that they are to merge. They will trade under the TechInsights name and senior members of the two entities will come together to form a joint…

10 December 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…

08 November 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…

11 September 2015

“Odds of success are just too small now” for licensors, says outgoing WiLAN CEO Jim Skippen

Back in June WiLAN announced that its CEO Jim Skippen would be stepping down after nine years at the helm. When he took the top spot at the Canadian NPE, it had a market capitalisation of less than C$30 million. Today, it stands at well over C$300…