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Keaton Parekh (right) has been replaced by the firm's former COO as the giant NPE struggles to find a successor to Jim Skippen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

26 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

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

06 September 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

26 June 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…

20 June 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…

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…

10 December 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…

07 December 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…

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…

05 November 2015

CEO decision to stay is best bit of news in momentous year for WiLAN

Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard not to see the announcement yesterday that Jim Skippen will stay on as CEO of WiLAN as anything other than very good news for the NPE. Skippen announced earlier this year that he was going to step down but…

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…

10 September 2015

ZTE taps Blackberry talent to develop high-quality patent assets and drive US success

The average US consumer might not be familiar with the ZTE brand, but the latest figures from global intelligence firm IDC show that it has moved into fourth place in the American smartphone market, behind Apple, Samsung and LG. The Chinese company…

30 June 2015

We may now be reaching the point when PIPCO deals begin to take place

Half-way through 2015, it’s clear that this has not been an easy six-months for most in the public IP company (PIPCO) market. Even Marathon, once the darling of the sector, has been hit, with its share price currently just under $3 (compared with a…