BlackBerry signs patent licensing deal with Timex; BlackBerry branded smartwatch incoming?

BlackBerry signs patent licensing deal with Timex; BlackBerry branded smartwatch incoming?
Like Timex used to say about its watches, BlackBerry takes a licking but keeps on ticking. Even after relegating hardware to second place behind software, BlackBerry has a winner with the BlackBerry KEYone, and it appears to have a new phone (code named "Krypton") on the way. But BlackBerry fans have become more accustomed to news like this. Famed watchmaker Timex has signed a patent licensing agreement with the tech company.

While the contract didn't reveal what product and patents are involved, Timex will be making on-going royalty payments to BlackBerry. The latter points out that it has an IP portfolio consisting of over 40,000 patents. The patents deal with "wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization and cybersecurity."

For those hoping for a BlackBerry branded smartwatch, the depth of BlackBerry's IP holdings indicates that the deal with Timex could be for a number of different products. Still, if Timex plans on building such a device, no one is talking directly about it.  BlackBerry corporate communications officer Sarah McKinney said that she has nothing to add to the information in the press release.

One clue might be found in the comments made by Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing at BlackBerry. In the press release, Gnuschke said that the deal will enable BlackBerry to focus on further opportunities in the mobile communications market (emphasis ours). So who knows? Perhaps there is a Timex built BlackBerry smartwatch in the works after all.


source: BlackBerry

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44 Comments

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

LTE pl0xxxxxxxxxx!!!

2. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

A BlackBerry Smartwatch. I'm not sure how I feel about this given BlackBerry's recent track record with updates.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You wouldn't be buying it anyway, lol.

9. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

We already know, alpha. You're going to "cop that jawn."

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

We already know, mxyzptlk/Flash/batmite/Tony_Stark. You're salty about the possibility of a BlackBerry smartwatch.

22. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not salty at all at the possibility of a blackberry smartwatch alphageek/jplightning/MDCHO/docdevices/other yes accounts.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, of course you are, mxyzflashmxy2starkmiteapplerulz other troll accounts.

43. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not, jpmeanest, alphageek, or whatever you choose to go by.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are, mxyzptlk/batmite/mxy2/flash/Tony_Stark/apple_rulz, and all of the other faux troll accounts you have.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Their track record? Only Google-branded devices get updates quicker and usually only by days. But you already knew this since you have no life other than trolling BlackBerry articles.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, he's not even going to respond to you, Crispin. You've put the fear of God into him, and he has no counter for the facts you just said. But what really burns him good is that Nokia has been beating Google to the punch with releasing security updates to their branded handsets. Now watch he triggered he gets over this.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, it's funny watching you suck up to Darkkmite and Crispin. Btw, he hasn't put the fear in me. Stop trying to dckride so much. You look pathetic doing it. And lol, who the fck cares about Nokia releasing one update first? I don't.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's hilarious watching deflect from how afraid Crispin has you, no doubt with your scrawny chest all puffed out, as if you're some tough guy, when we all know that you're nothing but a cowardly keyboard warrior. It's also hilarious watching you rage against dark, with your ridiculous"no mercy" credo in tow, while we lomfao at you. Lol, hell yes you care about Nokia releasing it first. It burns your bum good to see that, and that's why you're always making comments like Google being the "best at security updates"hot trash on Nokia articles.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I see that you missed the part where the Priv wasn't going to be updated to Oreo or Nougat with no sign of Nougat to come to the DTEK devices. So you want to call the truth trolling, then be my guest. Feel free to drop yourself to alphageeks level.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! You're so triggered because he shut you down.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I did not buy a Priv looking for Nougat, I bought it on Lollipop which is what it shipped with. Anybody who buys a phone counting on upgrades (not updates, learn the difference) is foolish beyond words. But since we're on the subject, how many non-Nexus devices that shipped with Lollipop are going to see Oreo? Not even the Nexus 6 is gettin' it. The Moto "Pure Edition" hasn't even tasted Nougat and it's a newer device than the Priv that was touted as being closest to "pure Android". Pure idiots for believing hype over substance. Here endeth the lesson.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, talk about a verbal smackdown! But he'll only deflect from what you said and further prove his hypocrisy because he loves to troll and hate on BlackBerry.

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Calm down, alphageek. It's not even that big of a deal.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Your pain over the smackdown you just received it hilariously evident, mxyzptlk.

25. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

So consumers are foolish just because they are expecting updates on a device that's perfectly capable of them? While it's true the Nexus 6 isn't getting Oreo, it is still getting security updates. Google has fulfilled the two years of guaranteed updates for the Nexus 6. As for Moto X Pure Edition, I have called them out before on it. Other people have as well. I have called out other OEMs for not updating their phones to the latest version. I think your lesson required some touching up.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The PRIV js also getting still getting Security updates. BlackBerry is fulfilling it's obligation of Security updates to the PRIV. Bullsht. You troll OEM's that you hate on, like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Samsung. I think your BS required the truth to make it a truthful statement.

41. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yes, my lesson was made whole by having you step on your own tail. Thank you, there is now published evidence that you agree with MG and myself about security updates. You also absolved OEMs of their update commitments beyond 2 years. So by your own words, BlackBerry s off the hook with the Priv. I knew it was only a matter of time before you could no longer keep track of the bull. Let this be a teaching moment. Here endeth the lesson.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BOOOOOOM!!!!!!! GOES THE DYNAMITE!!! Once again, he's schooled, and I bet he doesn't even realize that he gave you the ammo to do it. I'm actually looking forward to seeing him deflect, dodge, ignore, or further stumble in his response.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

This deal demonstrates the depth of BlackBerry's patent portfolio. I'm not that into wearables, but it'd be interesting to see a smartwatch powered by one of BlackBerry's OS's.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

"I'm not that into wearables" That don't have the BlackBerry name on them. I fixed your comment for you.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the inbred trolling Apple shill that lies about owning smartphones that he owns to justify his incessant trolling.

26. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Prove that I'm lying about owning an android device.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You mean when I proved that you photoshopped that image of the Nexus 6P they you claimed to own, which prompted you to remove it from your Imgur account? Or the time when you lied about owning a Galaxy S7 Edge and darkk called you out on it, and then you later so it was a ruse about you owning one, aka a lie? Or when in the same article you then said that you never owned a Nexus 6P? Which link would you like me to post?

5. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

they should build a flagship watch, then 8 months later tell everyone it was just a trial to see if it would work..and oh..forget updates...buy the next version if you want updates

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You're basically repeating the same thing Flash said... In that case just take a look at Crispin's response to him and you'll get the hint

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