Archive | Licensing

Tech Emerging Markets: IP Owners Cutting New Deals

Variable royalty pricing for the right to use proprietary technologies in high-tech consumer products is a trend that is afoot. While it lacks the drama of the Apple vs. Samsung smartphone patent wars, it is happening for some of the same reasons. Recent developments have both patent-pool licensors and individual companies creating a two-tier royalty […]

Do You Know Where Your Personal Data Is?

A recent intellectual property and licensing conference got me rethinking about the ownership of personal data. I say “rethinking” because I assumed that ship sailed long ago with Big Data Inc.—Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.—securely at the helm. After all, most of us have turned over the rights to our personal information a long time ago […]

Making it in Emerging Markets: Do the Math

Some cycles never divert from their persistent patterns. The moon waxes and wanes. Birds get pushed from nest to flight. Electronic devices find their first successes in developed markets and then look for success in emerging markets. That last pattern, however, doesn’t happen quite as organically as the others do. A lot of strategizing, accounting […]

Tech Giant IP Love Fest? Probably Not

Battles among today’s big dogs of high tech can create some pretty dramatic headlines. This is particularly true for intellectual property battles—especially when those battles come with multibillion dollar price tags and the threat of product-distribution injunctions. One bad judgement or verdict can send stock prices plummeting and execs running for cover. It’s a lot […]

Should LG License OLED?

Remember the battle between LCD and plasma? That same scenario may play out in the UHD TV world between quantum dot and OLED display technologies—with potentially the same doomed outcome for the latter that plasma suffered. Unless, IMHO, LG changes its OLED strategy. Both Samsung and LG recently unveiled their spring 2015 UHD SKUs. Headlining […]

Lenovo and Moto: The First International Smartphone Marriage?

One year ago, Lenovo’s proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google rocked the tech world. An old mainstay of the radio business and an enduring brand would survive… but with an overseas owner. Three months ago, the $2.9 billion acquisition was officially closed and now, Lenovo is the world’s third largest smartphone maker after Apple […]

How Dish’s Sling TV Explains the Mystery of Apple’s Missing iTV

Dish rocked the recently concluded CES show with the announcement of Sling TV, an over-the-top (OTT) video service that delivers a lineup of linear channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The service offers access to this content on mobile platforms, […]

Smartphone Patent Wars: Is There a Sequel?

As China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) wraps up its investigation into the licensing and intellectual property practices of Qualcomm, there may be another smartphone intellectual property squabble way out on the horizon. As the Apple/Samsung patent war raged, developed markets become saturated with smartphones. Now suppliers are looking to developing markets like China […]