BlackBerry nets US$600 million for an undisclosed amount of its IP
A new Reuters report has revealed that BlackBerry intends to sell what it calls "legacy patents" to the "special purpose vehicle" Catapult IP Innovations Inc - a company that, from the sound of it, has been founded for this express purpose. The deal is slated to result in the exchange of US$450 milion in cash, along with $150 million's worth of promissory notes, for the IP.
The assets in question apparently describe the BlackBerry technology that underpin (or underpinned, rather) messaging, mobile devices and wireless networks - some areas in which the OEM was once a global leader. Therefore, this new move might cast other reports of its plans to get back into them by licensing OnwardMobility to make a new 5G phone under its name.
Then agian, BlackBerry asserts that the patents it has sold will not disrupt its current or ongoing business. Then again, the body of IP has proven important or valuable enough for Catapult IP Innovations to pay a total of $600 million for it.