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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal | Switzerland | 22 Jan 2019

BlackBerry vs. Blackphone: What color is a berry in the digital age?

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court finds that the increased scope of protection of a trademark achieved through use could also extend to an


Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP | USA | 19 Nov 2018

BlackBerry Buys Cylance for $1.4 Billion

BlackBerry Ltd. executed a $1.4 billion purchase of California-based cybersecurity company Cylance, which further illustrates how tech companies are


IAM | USA | 8 Mar 2018

Now Blackberry has embraced monetisation, the only question is who follows Facebook as a licensing target

The lawsuit that Blackberry filed against Facebook alleging that the social media giant and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram infringe seven of


IAM | Canada | 5 Dec 2017

An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive

The last five years have been busy for BlackBerry on the patent front as it has moved from a relatively passive, defence-based strategy to one that is


IAM | Global | 20 Nov 2017

BlackBerry calls in deal making elite to help monetise its portfolio in smartphone sector

Last week BlackBerry put out a press release announcing what looks to be a pretty significant shift in its patent monetisation strategy. Instead of


IAM | USA, China, Global | 23 Oct 2017

Hitachi expands its monetisation drive, targeting Blackberry and Asus in new US suits

Hitachi unit Maxell Ltd filed five US patent suits this month following on the Huawei and ZTE campaigns it launched last year. The breadth of the


IAM | Global | 6 Oct 2017

Mark Kokes - the final interview before he departed BlackBerry head of IP licensing role

Last month we broke the news that BlackBerry VP of IP, licensing and standards, Mark Kokes, had unexpectedly left the company in mid-August, without a


IAM | USA, Global | 2 Oct 2017

After licensing head’s exit, BlackBerry IP revenues top $50 million for second quarter

BlackBerry saw its IP revenues almost double in the second quarter, jumping from $32 million in the first three months of the fiscal year to $56


IAM | Global | 17 Sep 2017

The man who brought patent monetisation to BlackBerry becomes latest big name corporate IP departure

Mark Kokes has left BlackBerry and is no longer its senior vice president of intellectual property, licensing & standards, IAM has learned. In a


Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 7 Sep 2017

Seventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Against Class in Off-Duty BlackBerry Use Case

There certainly has been no shortage of publicity about the potential for wage and hour claims for time spent by hourly employees using smartphones

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