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  1. rampagingpanda's Avatar
    Sorry about the late reply! Because they are reporting their quarterly on Dec 20 and the end was on Nov 30 2017, I'm under the assumption that it will be the next quarter.

    Cheers mates
    I'm thinking it might be this upcoming quarter as the decision was made on Nov 29 2017.
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    12-01-17 08:02 PM
  2. bbjdog's Avatar
    At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon."

    In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: if GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

    1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

    2. Every time they painted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

    3. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to re-install the engine.

    4. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

    5. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

    6. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

    7. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50 percent or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Dept.

    8. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

    9. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.
    I don't care how much people complain, this is worth a repost! LMHO

    Thanks for the laugh mate!
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    12-01-17 08:21 PM
  3. bbjdog's Avatar
    I'm thinking it might be this upcoming quarter as the decision was made on Nov 29 2017.
    You might be right, but why would a decision be made before a ruling? It looked like BlackBerry was disappointed with the ruling so I'm on the fence about this quarter. I'm surprised it had little effect on the stock price.

    Cheers!
    12-01-17 08:30 PM
  4. andy957's Avatar
    Wow this thread has 104K posts! Wonder if that’s a CB record!
    12-01-17 09:16 PM
  5. rampagingpanda's Avatar
    You might be right, but why would a decision be made before a ruling? It looked like BlackBerry was disappointed with the ruling so I'm on the fence about this quarter. I'm surprised it had little effect on the stock price.

    Cheers!
    I was surprised as well! But we will see in 19 days.
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    12-01-17 10:32 PM
  6. Corbu's Avatar
    Thanks for the laugh, Chuck!
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    12-01-17 11:15 PM
  7. BanffMoose's Avatar
    I'm thinking it might be this upcoming quarter as the decision was made on Nov 29 2017.
    Actually, I think if the decision was made in Nov, under GAAP it'll be booked when the liability and amount became known. Hence November. But as you said, we'll find out shortly.
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    12-01-17 11:23 PM
  8. rampagingpanda's Avatar
    Actually, I think if the decision was made in Nov, under GAAP it'll be booked when the liability and amount became known. Hence November. But as you said, we'll find out shortly.
    Sorry for any confusion, what I meant was that it should be included in this upcoming quarterly report (Dec 20).

    But thank you for your reply, we shall see!
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    12-01-17 11:29 PM
  9. Bacon Munchers's Avatar
    ... can you wrap your head around BBJDOG Oscillator? LMHO
    Hmmm. BBJDOGAO then? Isn't there an emoji for that?

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    Side thoughts on BlackBerry:

    BlackBerry stock ticking along real nice despite both the hit from the Nokia lawsuit, and the current tech slump. This buoyancy seems like a prelude to something big coming up...

    I don't want to dwell on it, but I can't help but wonder that if BlackBerry wins these next suits, what good position they would be in for a buyout. The greedy stock owner voice is whispering in one ear, but the Canadian pride and common sense is on the other side.

    Safe weekend gents!
    12-01-17 11:58 PM
  10. FeitaInc's Avatar
    Positive opinion and potential list of acquirers article:

    Why BlackBerry Ltd Is a Prime Takeover Target - Nasdaq.com
    Since Samsung offered to pay up to $15 per share for BlackBerry stock in 2015, and BB's software business has made a great deal of progress since then, I am confident that BB would not sell itself for less than $20 per share.
    "A company like Tesla, which has a high stock price but needs all the cash it can get, may elect to buy BlackBerry in a stock and cash deal and sell everything but QNX and its more valuable patents"

    That one left me kind of speechless. If BB was acquired by Tesla and they paid in stock, that would in all likelihood be a great move for Tesla and would further signal to the market that they are a tech company as opposed to a car company. (as their stock is probably overpriced now.) That said there is exactly zero percent chance I would keep that stock.

    With regards to the narrative that JC going out of his way to talk down Wall Streets expectation of BBs performance, and that this is hurting the stock, when he points out that the signing date for a SW licensing deal for QNX and when they see revenue is offset by 18 or so months, I am thinking about it in the following way: If JC is trying to sell the company, that would be his way of saying "you have 18 months before we'll see some high margin revenue growth here, so any offer should factor that in. and this stock is going up.". Furthermore, I don't think he has the luxury of even slightly missing any guidance, unlike Tesla, so he does well in managing expectations and carefully framing BBs narrative.
    Last edited by FeitaInc; 12-02-17 at 12:50 PM. Reason: typo
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    12-02-17 11:06 AM
  11. rampagingpanda's Avatar
    "A company like Tesla, which has a high stock price but needs all the cash it can get, may elect to buy BlackBerry in a stock and cash deal and sell everything but QNX and its more valuable patents"

    That one left me kind of speechless. If BB was acquired by Tesla and they paid in stock, that would in all likelihood be a great move for Tesla and would further signal to the market that they are a tech company as opposed to a car company. (as their stock is probably is overpriced now.) That said there is exactly zero percent chance I would keep that stock.

    With regards to the narrative that JC going out of his way to talk down Wall Streets expectation of BBs performance, and that this is hurting the stock, when he points out that the signing date for a SW licensing deal for QNX and when they see revenue is offset by 18 or so months, I am thinking about it in the following way: If JC is trying to sell the company, that would be his way of saying "you have 18 months before we'll see some high margin revenue growth here, so any offer should factor that in. and this stock is going up.". Furthermore, I don't think he has the luxury of even slightly missing any guidance, unlike Tesla, so he does well in managing expectations and carefully framing BBs narrative.
    Thanks for the good points Feitalnc. I strongly agree with the managing expectations narrative. I find it's very easy to forget where BlackBerry has been before John took over, and I think if one were to run a few scenarios, BlackBerry on it's trajectory then would not have made it today.

    I for one am glad that John is not taking unnecessary risks and building expectations, it's a long, slow and steady game to win back confidence of investors and customers abroad.
    12-02-17 11:21 AM
  12. Bacon Munchers's Avatar
    Positive opinion and potential list of acquirers article:

    Why BlackBerry Ltd Is a Prime Takeover Target - Nasdaq.com
    Since Samsung offered to pay up to $15 per share for BlackBerry stock in 2015, and BB's software business has made a great deal of progress since then, I am confident that BB would not sell itself for less than $20 per share.
    Funny. If I recall correctly, that was the exact number that M8 put on this stock ages ago.
    Makes me wonder if certain 'higher ups' view our thread(!)
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    12-02-17 04:46 PM
  13. anon(9100201)'s Avatar
    "
    With regards to the narrative that JC going out of his way to talk down Wall Streets expectation of BBs performance, and that this is hurting the stock, when he points out that the signing date for a SW licensing deal for QNX and when they see revenue is offset by 18 or so months, I am thinking about it in the following way: If JC is trying to sell the company, that would be his way of saying "you have 18 months before we'll see some high margin revenue growth here, so any offer should factor that in. and this stock is going up.". Furthermore, I don't think he has the luxury of even slightly missing any guidance, unlike Tesla, so he does well in managing expectations and carefully framing BBs narrative.
    Ok, good point.

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    12-02-17 05:41 PM
  14. anon(9100201)'s Avatar
    Good article that makes it even harder to understand why John Chen is not talking much more about BBM: https://mobile.twitter.com/i/web/sta...16755044212737

    When investors would get the impression that BBM could become a WeChat reloaded for Indonesia, Africa and some other Asian countries I am sure that alone would justify a share price north of 20$

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    12-04-17 12:15 AM
  15. FeitaInc's Avatar
    When investors would get the impression that BBM could become a WeChat reloaded for Indonesia, Africa and some other Asian countries I am sure that alone would justify a share price north of 20$
    If the tone of that article is anything to go by, a rebranding of BBM should be in the works.

    I'm a little curious how the partnership is set up with regards to the underlying tech, development of the tech, overall strategy and the economics (revenue split / licensing / royalties). Think I remember JC saying something about it being "...a very good deal, and you would be surprised if you knew how much..", or something to that effect.

    With regards to that it may become a revamped WeChat, I think "may" is the imperative word. If BBM went from 0 -> 60 MOA in the last 3 months ( instead of maintaining / declining over the past 12 years) the valuation would probably be way higher. Now it's much more a "show me the money/growth" thing, and you know how JC handles those.

    And speaking of monetization, I'm much more curious how the API play for secure B2B BBM is going. Slack has a very nice valuation, and in guessing the ARPU is higher than for other consumer services.
    Last edited by FeitaInc; 12-04-17 at 03:25 PM.
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    12-04-17 02:14 PM
  16. bbjdog's Avatar
    From my TD alerts
    Australian organizations join "The Melbourne Shield" to help create a safer city
    2017-12-04 04:00:12 PM ET (Marketwired)


    RMIT University, Deakin University and Vicinity Centres first to sign-up to new public safety initiative launched by BlackBerry and its partner, Crisis Shield

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 4, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) and crisis management specialist, Crisis Shield, (formally Briggs Communications) today announce three leading Australian organizations have joined the partners' people safety initiative, 'The Melbourne Shield'. Shopping center giant, Vicinity Centres, and tertiary institutions Deakin University and RMIT which have large campuses spread across hundreds of buildings, have all joined the program to help protect the thousands of people visiting their premises and surrounding areas in the city.

    Launched in June 2017, 'The Melbourne Shield' people safety initiative was established by BlackBerry and Crisis Shield to help organizations in the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne to quickly connect with each other during an incident, particularly where there are mass gatherings of people such as concerts and sports events. Combining Crisis Shield's incident management expertise with BlackBerry�� AtHoc, a secure crisis communication platform, members of the Melbourne Shield, such as security managers in charge of large public venues, can share trusted alerts through an encrypted network.��As an incident is happening, this can help them to better coordinate responses and inform safety-critical decisions, such as whether to stay or evacuate immediately.

    "Public safety is a growing issue worldwide, especially for major cites that attract mass gatherings of people, so we are really pleased to see these Australian organizations leading by example with strong incident response strategies in place to protect their employees, customers and students," said Alex Manea, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry. "Any city or organization is vulnerable in times of crisis, whether it is a natural disaster, terrorist threat or a cyber-attack.��As incidents happen quickly, the most important thing for decision-makers is to receive and share correct information, then act on it quickly to keep people safe. BlackBerry AtHoc provides Melbourne Shield members with that capability, we look forward to expanding the program together with Crisis Shield in 2018."
    12-04-17 04:15 PM
  17. Corbu's Avatar
    +this:
    Australian investment company QIC boosts data security and workforce mobility with BlackBerry

    QIC uses BlackBerry Workspaces to empower mobile collaboration among staff, clients and partners and ensure strict data security and confidentiality on strategic investment deals

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 4, 2017) -
    BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) today announced that QIC has deployed BlackBerry® Workspaces, a secure collaboration solution that enables companies and their clients to safely share, protect and track sensitive information within mobile and cloud environments.


    With billions of dollars under management, QIC ensures that it operates in a strictly secure and confidential environment. As QIC expanded internationally, the company adopted a cloud-first digital strategy to enable its staff, clients and partners around the world to exchange information and documents safely from any location.


    Grant Slender, Information Technology, Security and Risk Leader at QIC, said, "Trust is a top priority in investment management and for QIC. We take all necessary steps to prevent even the slightest security breach to protect our clients and our firm. A key component of that effort is our adoption of BlackBerry Workspaces, which allows our employees to share, edit and control sensitive files securely and seamlessly, both inside and outside QIC, in a mobile and cloud-based environment including Microsoft 365, OneDrive and SharePoint."


    Alex Manea, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry, explained, "In today's digital and mobile age, companies in any industry need to enable staff, clients and suppliers to be productive and collaborative. The challenge lies in adopting flexible next-generation technologies such as cloud, without hindering data security. At BlackBerry, we are helping governments and private companies to navigate these security challenges, as well as manage very complex regulatory requirements."


    BlackBerry Workspaces' file sync and sharing functionalities are fully integrated into the new Microsoft Office 365 framework, enabling QIC to maintain the highest level of security required to safeguard client information. BlackBerry Workspaces is also used to power advanced collaboration, such as digital "'deal rooms"' for investment negotiations. Using these secure and confidential 'deal rooms' is transforming how QIC does business with its clients and partners, making it easier and more secure than ever before to discuss and make strategic investment decisions.


    BlackBerry Workspaces gives QIC an independent and auditable way to manage the collaboration of documents and information with third parties, as the IT department has complete control over all files, and total visibility into how, where and when those files are accessed or modified. Additional tools also enable staff and IT to easily trace and protect attachments in outgoing emails, and transfer data while maintaining security and control.


    Alex Manea added, "With European GDPR and Australian Data Breach Notification laws going live in early 2018, many Australian organizations must comply with these strict security and confidentiality requirements, or face serious consequences. The time is now for forward-thinking companies like QIC to take action to address cloud security and compliance challenges and become BlackBerry Secure."


    Grant Slender concluded, "In our business, it is vital that we minimize migration risks, which is challenging as many next-generation business collaboration apps are still interdependent with legacy systems. BlackBerry Workspaces and Microsoft 365 integrate smoothly, and the transition has been seamless. Our clients and partners can draw confidence from the fact that we have clear, demonstrable file security in place, which is essential to maintaining trusted relationships."


    BlackBerry recently announced that the company received the highest score in two use cases in Gartner's Critical Capabilities for Content Collaboration Platforms report1. BlackBerry received the highest scores in Workforce Productivity and Centralized Content Protection for its BlackBerry Workspaces solution.


    To learn more about how QIC used BlackBerry Workspaces, click here. To download a complimentary copy of the Gartner 2017 Critical Capabilities for Content Collaboration Platforms Report, click here. To find information about BlackBerry Workspaces, click here.

    About QIC:
    QIC is a global diversified alternative investment firm offering infrastructure, real estate, private equity, liquid strategies and multi-asset investments. It is one of the largest institutional investment managers in Australia, with A$82.9 billion (US$65.0/£46.6 billion)1 in funds under management, offering infrastructure, real estate, private capital, liquid strategies and multi-asset investment services. QIC has over 800 employees and serves more than 110 clients including governments, pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and insurers, spanning Australia, Europe, Asia, Middle East and the US. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, QIC also has offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, London, Sydney, and Melbourne. For more information about QIC, our approach, clients and regulatory framework, please refer to our website www.qic.com or contact us directly.
    12-04-17 04:16 PM
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    12-04-17 05:14 PM
  19. rarsen's Avatar
    Class action from a Montrealer against Apple for planned obsolesce of his iPhone 5. A similar previous class action against Apple for its iPhone 4 antenna was previously initiated in 2014 but overturned.

    Un Montréalais poursuit Apple pour l'«obsolescence programmée» de son iPhone 5 | Karim Benessaieh | Mobilité
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    12-05-17 07:55 AM
  20. Corbu's Avatar
    An exclusive look inside BlackBerry’s patent portfolio as the company continues its monetisation drive - Blog - IAM - Informing IP value

    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 much more focused on monetisation. Most recently, the company announced an agreement with Marconi Group entity Teletry to outsource much of its licensing activity in the smartphone space. In light of that deal, IAM focuses on the Canadian outfit’s patent position to provide an exclusive analysis of its portfolio, an overview of its licensing activity and a look back at key IP-related events.

    Patent portfolio breakdown

    Among the earliest players in the smartphone market – and at one point a leader in the field – the robust foundation of BlackBerry’s patent portfolio has served as a springboard for its transition to patent monetisation since 2014. In terms of patent strength, BlackBerry remains an industry leader: in IEEE’s Patent Power 2016 – which measures and ranks portfolios based on the number of US patents that have been granted in the previous year, weighted against other metrics of growth, impact, originality and generality – the company comes fourth in the communication and internet services sector. It is only beaten by Google, Facebook and Verizon Communications:

    IEEE Patent Power 2016 – top ten companies in communication and internet services (view full-size here
    ):

    The BBRY Café.  [Formerly: I support BBRY and I buy shares]-ieee-power-pipeline.jpg

    BlackBerry is the only non-US North American company to make the list. Similarly, BlackBerry was the only Canadian firm to be featured in Clarivate Analytics’s 2015 list of the top 100 global innovators; notably, though, it fell off this list in the 2016 edition of the report.

    The size of the BlackBerry portfolio by granted patents, as of December 1st, can be seen below, with the data being provided by IP data and analytics platform, ktMINE. The top five patent classifications for its holding are also listed; its spread of patents among these classifications mostly falls in line with what one would expect from a company that was once a leader in the handset market. It is worth mentioning, though, that in the press release announcing its deal with Teletry, BlackBerry states that it owns approximately 40,000 patents and applications in total.

    BlackBerry’s portfolio:
    Granted US patents: 7,016
    Granted worldwide patents: 13,237
    H04W - Wireless communications networks: 19.3%
    H04L - Transmission of digital information e.g. Telegraphic communication: 18.4%
    G06F - Electrical digital data processing: 12.7%
    H04M - Telephonic communication: 8.5%
    G06Q - Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes: 3.5%

    According to analysis of the BlackBerry portfolio undertaken by patent services and technology intelligence firm TechInsights: “The spread of its patents in ‘materials’, ‘mechanical’, ‘circuit’ and ‘system’ are typical of a mobile company with some history of internal product manufacturing, and no semiconductor fab. There is often a video peak [in the patent landscapes] in today’s mobile companies, but this is not seen in BlackBerry’s portfolio. Instead, its success was based more on text and security. In particular, security appears central to its portfolio.” TechInsights also points to the natural growth of the portfolio: “It has grown organically for the most part, with no acquisition contributing dramatically. Only approximately 11% of contributions come from acquisitions; this is a relatively small number, but still numerous enough to land throughout the portfolio, reinforcing all of its technologies.”

    Indeed, BlackBerry’s broad portfolio is one of its key strengths. Speaking to IAM earlier this year prior to his departure from the company, Mark Kokes – formerly the senior vice president of IP, licensing and standards – stressed: “Our patents cover multiple technologies – maybe 40 plus. We have depth in areas like smart grids, gambling, manufacturing, mobile communications, radars and tracking, logistics, and many more.” He also emphasised that the company was constantly mining the portfolio looking at new verticals. Some of the company’s most significant licensing deals in the last few years, such as with Canon, International Game Technology and Cisco, were also outside of the core mobile sector – this illustrates not only the wide-reaching strength of its patents, but also its potential as technologies continue to converge.

    Key storylines in the past five years

    Below is a timeline of the most salient IP-related developments for BlackBerry since 2013 – before this date, the company was known as Research in Motion (RIM).

    2013

    At the start of the year, RIM dropped the name it had been using for decades and rebranded itself by adopting the name of its best-known product – BlackBerry. This came as part of a move to reinvent the company as it aimed to expand into new areas.

    The following month, in February, one of the largest banks in Canada more than doubled its valuation of BlackBerry’s patent portfolio, based on IAM’s US Patent 100 – a list of the companies with the biggest US patent portfolios. .

    However, reflecting the difficult period the company was going through, Thorsten Heins, who was BlackBerry’s CEO, announced that it was open to a licensing deal or even an outright sale of the company, after a disappointing debut for its new line of smartphones.

    In September, BlackBerry agreed to be bought by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings, but that it would continue to explore other options with other potential buyers while negotiations continued. The buy-out never happened.

    Near the end of the year, Heins stepped down and John Chen took over as interim CEO. Chen would subsequently help to lead the way in BlackBerry’s IP monetisation drive.

    2014

    In March, the company reported a net loss of $5.9 billion in its latest financial year. However, the company was pleased with its fourth quarter performance and stated that it was slowly returning to a path of growth and profitability.

    A few months later, BlackBerry hired Mark Kokes from InterTrust to be its vice president of IP and standards. Kokes would eventually part with the company, but not before contributing significantly to its patent licensing programmes and strategies. His arrival was followed shortly after by the announcement of the creation of a new technology unit – BlackBerry Technology Solutions. This new unit was designed to pull together a number of autonomous technology centres within the company and to manage its innovative technology assets and extensive patent portfolio.

    2015

    In 2015, BlackBerry continued in its efforts to gain ground in the highly competitive smartphone and tablet market with the release of several new products.

    However, the big story from an IP perspective was without a doubt the announcement of the company’s royalty-bearing patent cross-licensing agreement with Cisco. As argued by IAM, the release of information showing one side paying the other money was unusual and indicated that this was potentially a turning point in BlackBerry’s monetisation programme.

    2016

    2016 opened with further evidence of BlackBerry’s focus on IP monetisation after court documents filed in Chicago revealed that the company had sold a portfolio of patents for as much as $50 million.

    It continued to gather steam in the patent monetisation space with two new deals being locked in place in February: it announced that it had reached deals with Canon and International Game Technology – both agreements looked to contain an element of royalties.

    Soon after, BlackBerry began filing a series of patent-related lawsuits. In July, it initiated action against Avaya alleging infringement of eight of its US patents. The next month, BlackBerry filed two lawsuits against BLU.

    In an unsurprising development, John Chen confirmed in September that Blackberry would no longer be manufacturing devices; instead, it would outsource hardware development and become a software and services business. In the same month, the company announced its first major software and brand-licensing agreement with joint venture PT BB Merah Putih to license its software and services for the production of handsets for the Indonesia market. Also in September, Fairfax Financial Holdings bought 50 million shares in BlackBerry, bringing its total shares in BlackBerry to 96.7 million, or 18.5% of the total.

    At the close of the year, BlackBerry signed a global brand and software deal with China’s TCL Communication.

    2017

    In February a long-term licensing deal with leading Indian telecom company Optiemus Infracom was announced for the manufacture of handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

    In April the company seemingly made its second significant disposal of patents rights in a deal facilitated by Hilco Global. In August, Mark Kokes departed, and he was followed by director of licensing Victor Schubert, who stated in October that he was no longer with the company. Also in October, the company settled all of its lawsuits with BLU and agreed on a patent licensing deal.

    The next month, BlackBerry announced its new patent licensing partnership with Teletry. Most recently, news has surfaced that BlackBerry has been ordered by an arbitration court to pay $137 million to Nokia to settle a payment dispute. BlackBerry has subsequently claimed it will pursue a separate patent infringement case against Nokia.

    Brand values

    At the beginning of 2011, Brand Finance valued the BlackBerry brand at $4.36 billion. By September of the same year, this figure had fallen to $3.32 billion. To further emphasise BlackBerry’s difficulties, its brand value continued to decline in the following years; by 2013, it even dropped out of Brand Finance’s Global 500 (its position on this table for each year can be seen in the table below) – its brand has yet to make a return to the list as of 2017.

    Brand Finance Global 500 by year Rank
    2009 -
    2010 204
    2011 233
    2012 342
    2013 -

    Licensing programme

    That BlackBerry’s patent licensing programme has become an integral part of the company’s business operations should be apparent from the events of the last five years. As John Chen has emphasised, the company has deliberately shifted away from being a handset manufacturer to focus on other services. He stated on a quarterly call with analysts this year that IP licensing is a key driver for the software business and, despite past sales of BlackBerry patents, that it is very much in a patent licensing mode.

    On his most recent quarterly call with analysts, Chen revealed that the company had recognised IP revenues from three other licensing deals with Ford, BLU and Timex, and mentioned an aim of reaching $100 million in IP revenue by the end of the year. In a recent earnings release, the company announced record software and services revenue in the second quarter for the period ending 31st August. To emphasise the success its IP and licensing programme has had, its IP revenues almost doubled compared to the first quarter of the fiscal year, jumping from $32 million to $56 million.

    As we previously discussed on IAM, the outsourcing of a significant chunk of its licensing business to Teletry may free up internal resources and allow the company to expand business in other verticals.

    All that being said, the sudden departures of Mark Kokes and Victor Schubert, both of whom were key members of the company’s IP and licensing function, could make things tricky in the short term (and may be another driver of the Teletry deal), despite Chen’s claims that BlackBerry’s licensing revenues will remain on track without them.

    Leading individuals

    John Chen Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Sandeep Chennakeshu President, BlackBerry Technology Solutions
    Steve Capelli Chief Financial Officer
    Steven Zipperstein Chief Legal Officer
    Jerry Gnuschke Senior Director, IP Licensing and Ventures
    Barry Stolzman Senior Director
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    12-05-17 01:08 PM
  21. rarsen's Avatar
    Careful when reading the graph above or any graphs, thinking of Mark Twain's phrase: "There are three kinds of lies -- lies, damned lies, and statistics"

    Interactive: Patent Power 2016
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/static/int...V7jn21qMSnwvfr
    Example Apple is listed as Electronics and should be clicked also to include it with those listed solely as Communication and Internet services.
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  22. kellyweng88's Avatar
    dang, it's been an ugly last few days of trading
    12-05-17 04:57 PM
  23. anon(9100201)'s Avatar
    Time for another hurray for John Chen and his achievements for shareholders on his UNSTOPPABLE tour to drive the share price back to 5$

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    12-05-17 05:44 PM
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    12-05-17 07:02 PM
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    Head bangers club. Lol

    From my TD alerts

    BlackBerry Secures Indonesia's Oil and Gas Sector from Cyberthreats
    2017-12-05 08:00:19 PM ET (Marketwired)


    New partnership with PGASCOM helps to secure Saka Energi with BlackBerry software

    JAKARTA, INDONESIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) today announced Saka Energi, a national oil and gas company, is deploying BlackBerry�� Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM), to increase operational efficiency and enable its management, staff, and clients to securely share information regardless of time and location. The deployment of BlackBerry UEM by Saka Energi is a result of a new channel partnership with PT PGAS Telekomunikasi Nusantara (PGASCOM), a subsidiary of PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGN).

    Saka Energi sought a solution to increase workforce productivity within a trusted mobile environment, that maintained security from any kind of threat, especially cyberattacks. BlackBerry UEM is enabling the company to increase the convenience of mobile working, maintain security, and reduce its operational burden.

    Tumbur Parlindungan, CEO of Saka Energi said, "As part of our digital transformation strategy, we need to mobilize our workforce and drive satisfaction as well as efficiencies in our business, with the peace of mind that we are protecting sensitive business information and keeping our people safe.��We chose BlackBerry UEM and PGASCOM because together, they can provide information confidentiality at every level, with the integration support and expertise that truly understands the complexity of our business."

    Alex Manea, BlackBerry's Chief Security Officer, speaking at Cybersecurity Indonesia in Jakarta this week, says, "The energy sector is one of the largest industries in Indonesia and therefore, among the most targeted by cybercrime. We are excited to partner with PGASCOM, combining our secure solutions with their expertise to help Saka Energi and other companies to deliver on their digital transformation goals. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to helping Indonesian enterprises be 'BlackBerry Secure' by providing solutions and local knowledge to protect against cyber-attacks - ultimately creating safer working environments that drive efficiency, productivity and innovation."

    PGASCOM, a leader at providing telecommunications network services, including fiber optics, internet access, business solution and managed services for the Indonesian oil and gas industry, recently joined BlackBerry's global Enterprise Partner Program as a Gold-level partner. BlackBerry's Partner Program is designed to help partners navigate the ever-changing mobile business environment through secure mobile business solutions for their people, processes, and data. It helps partners gain new competencies and capabilities that will enable them to meet and exceed market demand, by ensuring partners are well equipped to successfully design, architect, implement, and support BlackBerry solutions.

    Sri Budi Mayaningsih (Ibu Maya), President Director of PGASCOM says, "PGASCOM provides the information and technology backbone for many industries in Asia and globally, so we understand the severity of concerns by CIOs with regards to data security and people safety.��Cybersecurity threats against the oil and gas industry are a significant and ongoing challenge. As a trusted brand in Indonesia and leader in secure software that delivers a safe operating environment for people and information, we are pleased to partner with BlackBerry to help customers like Saka Energi protect critical infrastructure."��

    BlackBerry�� UEM delivers complete unified endpoint management and policy control for diverse and growing mobile workforces. Part of the BlackBerry�� Enterprise Mobility Suite, BlackBerry UEM allows you to securely manage devices operating on key platforms (Android for Work, Samsung KNOX, iOS, Windows 10, OS X and BlackBerry 10).��It also supports native Mobile Device Management (MDM) controls for managing device policies and Mobile Application Management (MAM) capabilities for deploying approved business apps.
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