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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32 Comments

1. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Come on BlackBerry!

2. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

canon..... for charging?! why not to improve camera? well dont get me wrong schneider kreuznach doing really great with my priv its just that.. kinda unusual anyways i hope that will help to charge bb phones faster :) Let's get this on Blackberry! :)

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's Canon that's utilizing BlackBerry's patents in this case, not the other way around. But it'd be nice for BlackBerry to gain access to Canon's camera patents.

6. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup! Or have Canon do the work in designing a lens for their phones. A partnership like this could be good for both parties.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. My curiosity is definitely piqued.

12. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

oh yeah mis read that thanks! but the idea of blackberry gaining access to canon's camera made me excited! :)

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see that BlackBerry is adding revenue streams, and it's even nicer that it's being done amicably, without BlackBerry having to be a patent troll like another fruit flavored tech company.

7. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Isn't this PA article about Blackberry willing to license their patents? Not sure how the article you linked from Forbes corresponds to this one. It's also an old article from last year but I don't remember anything ever happening about it.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

It doesn't correspond to this one and nothing ever came of it. He's just bumburned because I called Apple a patent troll, so he's trying to change the subject away from what I said by posting that link to an article irrelevant to this one. He always says that I'm the angry hornet when someone says something about BlackBerry, but as you can see, he's the angry one here because I mentioned Apple in a manner that he doesn't agree with.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Who says I'm angry? I just did what you did. I took a potshot. You're the one who decided to take a dig and now you're deflecting.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

One: The "potshot" I made was more relevant to the topic at hand since the topic at hand concerns patents. Two: YOU'RE the one deflecting by bringing up something totally irrelevant to the conversation. Don't try and make it look like the reverse. It only shows your desperation in defending Apple. Three: Yes, you are mad, and you have totally proved the point I made in my comment #8. You're mad that I took a "potshot" at Apple. YOU'RE the one that actually took the bait. Had I not taken the "potshot", you wouldn't have commented the way you did. So YOU are the cockroach that took the bait that you're referring to in comment #13. And you're a $#!+ covered cockroach at that.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Strike One: The response I made was relevant because it concerned blackberry and their continued plan of catching up. Strike Two: Aka, I think your comment is irrelevant because I deemed it so. Typical Meanest behavior and her inferiority complex. Strike 3: Perhaps so, but you're a megalomaniac with a massive ego. You obviously wanted to say it the way you said it because you knew there was a possibility that I would respond. You've been exposed. And you're OUT!!!

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

BS. It wasn't relevant at all. Only in your warped mind would you think a topic totally irrelevant to the one at hand is relevant. Stop trying to force irrelevant topics into the conversation at hand. You're looking real desperate because of it. It's irrelevant because it has NOTHING to do with the topic at hand. Typical Mxy behavior to try and change the topic because something was said about Apple that he didn't like. No "perhaps so" about it. I laid out bait to catch a troll (read: YOU) and like the predictable little snot that you are, you took the bait. It's YOUR megalomania that just wouldn't let you bypass it. You're a predictable little troll, like I said. It's very easy to draw you out. And as you can see, it worked, and quite flawlessly. You've lost yet another round to me due to your predictability and megalomania. You're quite done here, as I proved my point yet again. Any response from you will be treated as the attempts of a desperate little girl trying to backtrack and deflect, and will be hit with a "Thanks for proving me right, now see comment __ ". But of course, your megalomania won't let you ignore this, so go right ahead and prove me right.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Right and I suppose just saying Apple and patents is supposed to make your comment more valid? You're full of crap. Typical Meanest behavior starts a fight she knows she can't finish, deflect with her usual routine, and then ends it with the bs "see comment blah blah blah" or aka, "I lost and my megalomaniac mind is thinking I won." Yeah I see I need to flush you back down the toilet again where you belong.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Typical Mxy, always proving me right as well as showing that he's a lonely, meanestgenius-attention-seeking idiot, especially on the weekend. Now see comment #19 and hop off my sack.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's like you said before Princess, this is an open forum. Anyone can comment on any article here so get over it. I'm just repaying the favor from the last time you picked a fight and lost. Now any further comments/bs from you will be met with "Thank you for proving me right you megalomaniac, now see this comment."

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

As always, you're still proving me right, Michelle. And don't kid yourself, I ALWAYS crush you in the comments section. And I know you idolize me and want to be me, but must you mimic me every chance you get? Now stop mimicking me, hop off my sack, and see comment #19.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You never crush me in anything and you never will, Princess. No one idolizes you. I'm surprised you haven't made it to Mars yet with all the hot air inside of that head of yours. Now thank you for proving me right you megalomaniac, now see comment #23.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Your desperation is showing, and it's hilarious. Seeing you with these pointless responses. You're pathetic. Now see comment #19 and hop off my sack.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh it has some relevancy. You see there's a cockroach here and you can draw it out with bait after they have said something stupid and irrelevant.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awww, is the little bratty-girl mad that I said something she doesn't like about Apple, so that's why she's attacking me? Too bad. And you say I attack people for saying stuff that I don't agree with, and yet, you just did what you claim I do. AND you tried to change the subject at that, deflecting. The hypocrisy continues. Now see comment #15, and don't mimic me in any of your responses.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well I figured if you leave the bait out, the cockroaches would come crawling out and I was right. I don't care about what you said. It's the way you said it. Before you jump on my case about being Pro Apple, like you can talk btw, I actually have said before it would be better if Samsung and Apple work together instead of against each other. Everyone would benefit. Now here's the part where you start being repetitive with your responses.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except I'M the one that laid out the bait for you, and you happily jumped all over it, like you happily and greedily jump all over my sack. You DO care about what I said, or you wouldn't have taken the bait. Oh wait, that's your megalomania that made you do it. And quit it with the BS and lies, you're as "pro Apple" as they come. You're not fooling anyone. You're an Apple Apologist. Stop trying to deflect because I laid out the troll bait and you took it. Your ARE a TROLL, after all. It's in your nature. Now see comment #19, and hop off my sack, troll. You're done.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you were trolling, good to know. And I see you've gone back to regurgitating my comments. If I'm as Pro Apple as they come, then you're as Pro Blackberry as they come. You have the nerve to call me a hypocrite? You're done, Princess. Now see yourself out the door.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, I laid out bait to catch a troll. YOU were trolling, like you normally do on BlackBerry related articles. I've never claimed I wasn't "pro-BlackBerry", but here you are, trying to prove that you're anything but a pro-Apple apologist. As usual, you just proved yourself to be a liar as well as a hypocrite, and you're mimicking me as well. Typical Mxy. As always, you've proved me right yet again. Now see comment #19 and hop off my sack, already.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you were trolling. Don't backtrack and lie now you coward. Yes, I am an Apple Fan, but unlike you, I use other platforms and continue to do so. Why else would I be using a Moto X Pure? Mad because it has more value than the Priv you keep trying to shove in everyone's face? Now see comment #25.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, I laid out the bait and caught a troll. And it just so happens that it's the biggest troll on PA (read: YOU). And you're not an "Apple fan", you're an "Apple Apologist" and idol worshipper. And cut the BS, I've never "shoved the Priv" in anyone's face. That would be you with your uninformed opinions. If I did do it, post a link proving so. I'll wait... In the meantime, hop off my sack, stop wishing you were me, stop mimicking me, and see comment #19.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be a coward, just take your lumps and admit you were trolling. You're lying through your teeth. You're a Blackberry Apologist and supreme cult leader of the Blackberry Clan. You continue to shove your bs in everyone's faces. You're doing it right now, Princess. Now see comment #23.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

The more you comment, the more you not only show how much you're on my sack, but how desperate for my attention you are, and how much you want to be me with all of your constant mimicking of me. You are truly pathetic. See comment #19, and keep proving me right while you're at it.

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