BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), the former smartphone and software technology developer run by CEO John Chen, may have a brighter future as patent troll than as a software developer with a portfolio of some 44,000 patents worldwide, many of which have been described by Envision IP as high quality based on reverse citations. The Waterloo, […]
With the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, there is high speculation that the next generation iPhone may include a “Force Touch” feature, similar to the touchpad on Apple’s Macbook devices. Force Touch would provide iPhone users a haptic feedback, adding another dimension to the user experience. Of course, the combination of fully-integrated touch screen mobile […]
The Financial Post reported yesterday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is still pursuing a purchase of BlackBerry Ltd. BlackBerry has flirted with the idea of possibly selling a portion of its patents in recent years; however, an outright sale would be an interesting option for the company. Presumably, Samsung could build on BlackBerry’s extensive patented technologies, […]
This past week, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Laura Quatela, former President and co-COO of Kodak, has been appointed as ALU’s Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property. Given Kodak’s demise, and the sale of what were once considered its most lucrative patent assets for a mere fraction of their estimated intrinsic value, it will be interesting to see […]
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Apple and Google are forging ties with automakers to develop various vehicle technologies such as infotainment platforms and autonomous driving systems. Envision IP analyzed the US patent holdings of Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia, Apple, and BlackBerry to understand which of these companies may be leading innovators […]
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 […]
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.
Research in Motion, Ltd. (RIM), a former powerhouse in the enterprise mobile communication device market, has consistently lost market share over the past few years as its BlackBerry handsets continue to fail to keep up with current-generation Android or iOS devices.