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, […]
Samsung announced today its acquisition of Harman International Industries for approximately $8.0 billion. Harman is a leading manufacturer of audio and visual systems, connected vehicle technologies, enterprise automation, and connected services. The company owns numerous brands, including AKG Acoustics, AMX, Crown Audio, Bang & Olufsen Automotive, Harman/Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and others. Many […]
Earlier this month, Microsoft and Google announced a settlement to end nearly 20 patent-related lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany. The deal brought to close years of patent litigation surrounding various technologies, including gaming systems, mobile devices, and multimedia streaming. Envision IP analyzed Microsoft’s US patent portfolio to understand where the company has focused its […]
The future of the non-practicing entity business model as it currently exists is uncertain. With many headwinds facing NPEs, including AIA provisions for IPR and CBM invalidity proceedings, state and proposed federal legislation aimed at aggressive NPE tactics, and the limited scope and viability of business methods patents after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice […]
In April, Nokia announced plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at $16.6 billion. At the same time, the company announced plans to divest its mapping division, which operates under the HERE brand. In recent days, media reports have indicated that Nokia may well hold on to the mapping division, while most recently, Uber […]
On Tuesday, Nokia announced an all-stock deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent that valued the French company at around $16.6 billion. While the purchase price was a significant premium over Alcatel-Lucent’s share price, it is not clear if Nokia paid a premium to acquire Alcatel-Lucent’s patent portfolio. Based on a high level analysis using Alcatel-Lucent’s most recent […]
With its $7.2 billion handset deal with Microsoft officially closing in April, Envision IP reviewed Nokia’s recent US patent application filings to understand its current R&D focus.
Nokia announced today that it has settled all pending patent litigation with HTC, and the two companies have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement where “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.” The full terms of the agreement are confidential.
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.