BlackBerry signs patent deals with Canon and IGT over power charging technology

BlackBerry signs patent deals with Canon and IGT over power charging technology
BlackBerry signed a pair of patent agreements on Friday with Canon and IGT (formerly International Game Technology). Both agreements cover the use of certain power charging technology owned by BlackBerry. While the deal with Canon involves the purchase of a license from BlackBerry, the IGT transaction includes royalties that will be paid to the software and smartphone producer.

In press releases issued on Friday, BlackBerry said that agreements with Canon and IGT had initially been reached in November 2015. In the release relating to the IGT deal, the gaming company says that the patent will allow them to offer game players a way to charge their mobile devices while playing a video game.


The terms of both deals are confidential. For BlackBerry, this is a way for the company to take advantage of its substantial IP portfolio. BlackBerry said that it plans on collaborating with Canon again in the future.

source: Crackberry (1), (2)

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