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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.

07 July 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…

03 April 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…

10 February 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…

29 September 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…

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…

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…

16 June 2015

Patent values about to climb, heroic inventors, the US's patent failure, hope for SMEs, and much more at the IPBC

The first full day of the IPBC Global in San Francisco is now done and dusted. Here, IAM’s editorial team – Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jack Ellis and Sara Jayne Clover – pick out a few of the highlights from the sessions and from the conversations…

04 June 2015

Big in numbers, but low on price, WiLAN’s Qimonda purchase confirms depressed state of the patent market

A patents deal market desperately trying to rediscover some of its 2011 mojo this week witnessed WiLAN’s $33 million acquisition of the former Qimonda portfolio from Infineon Technologies. The portfolio covers a range of technologies including DRAM,…

01 May 2015

Patent sales are on the up; buyers would do well to make hay while the sun shines, as soon prices may rise too

Open market patent sales are on the rise and have increased by over 80% since the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by law firm ROL yesterday. Based on a cross-reference of packages offered and assignments recorded at the USPTO, ROL…