With the current uncertainty surrounding the future of BlackBerry and its patent portfolio, Envision IP analyzed the US patent application filing statistics of BlackBerry to understand if the company has continued to innovate and invest resources to R&D efforts in recent years.
Fresh from its recent deal with Microsoft, Nokia may be well poised to acquire BlackBerry’s patent portfolio in whole or part, if the patents are made available for sale. Nokia sold its Devices & Service business to Microsoft for EUR 3.79 billion, and licensed its utility patents for another EUR 1.65 billion, for a total […]
On Monday, Twitter quietly announced that it had filed S-1 documents for an initial public offering with the SEC. As Twitter filed the documents confidentially, it is not clear if Twitter owns or recently acquired any US patent assets besides those listed at the USPTO.
BusinessWeek reported today that Nintendo suffered a setback as the company was denied a listing on the Nikkei 225. With the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets as gaming devices, many analysts have questioned the future of Nintendo’s traditional gaming focus of handheld game-only devices.
Microsoft announced on Monday that it is acquiring Nokia’s smartphone business. Microsoft will pay €3.79 billion ($5 billion) for Nokia’s “Devices and Services” division and another €1.65 billion ($2.2 billion) to license Nokia’s patents.
Last year, Envision IP analyzed the shelf life of BlackBerry’s (then Research in Motion) US patent portfolio. In an update to that analysis, we identified 5,136 in-force US patents currently owned by BlackBerry. The average remaining term of the company’s US patent portfolio is approximately 12.1 years.
BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion, announced today that is was “exploring a potential sale of the company or a joint venture” as part of efforts to explore strategic alternatives for its business.
Last month, Google announced the acquisition of Waze, a social-mapping-location-data startup, for reportedly $1.1 billion. Envision IP reviewed the patent assets owned by Waze to understand how the company has protected its technology, and the specific intellectual property that Google would acquire.
The New York Times reported today that Microsoft has offered Barnes & Noble $1 billion for the bookseller’s Nook e-reader business. Envision IP reviewed Barnes & Noble’s US patent portfolio to determine if intellectual property behind the Nook business played a part in Microsoft’s offer.
With the reintroduction of the SHIELD Act last month, all eyes are once again focusing on patent holding companies and their effects on innovation. The increased litigious atmosphere in the wireless, internet, consumer electronics, and software industries has created opportunities for patent holding companies to create business models that rely solely on generating revenue from […]