As the previous smartphone overlord, BlackBerry had virtually no rivals in lots of elements. Its basic full keyboard has been acknowledged by many customers, particularly by enterprise smartphone customers and authorities businesses. Sadly, this model couldn’t catch the wave of improvement and has already withdrawn from the smartphone trade. However its legacy shouldn’t be misplaced.
After experiencing a market loss, BlackBerry withdrew from the smartphone enterprise in 2016 and shifted its focus to the fields of enterprise, Web of Issues and safety software program. Its smartphone model was initially licensed to TCL Communications. The latter was subsequently taken over by the start-up OnwardMobility.
As for now, based on Canadian media studies, BlackBerry bought 90 key smartphone know-how patents to Huawei. This information was confirmed by Steve Rai, CFO of BlackBerry, on the JPMorgan Chase on-line investor convention yesterday. Based on the US Patent and Trademark Workplace, the possession of those patents was transferred to Huawei on December 23.
When speaking about this transaction, Steve Rai identified that ‘very small variety of patents which might be now not related to the enterprise. So, small sale, not a part of our recurring transaction. And positively, it was permitted beneath the relevant guidelines’.
As for the precise content material of the transaction patent, for the time being, we've no info. By the best way, since BlackBerry launched its BlackBerry Expertise Options (BTS) enterprise unit in 2014, the corporate has been doing its greatest to authorize or promote its 38,000 patents, together with patents from QNX, Certicom, Paratek, and many others.
As for Huawei, we expect all of the patents it acquired are usually not associated to the smartphones as a result of TCL is controlling that enterprise and it wouldn’t ‘donate’ them to others. So most certainly these patents are from these spheres that aren't managed/utilized by any of BlackBerry acquirers now.