Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Intel, Google ink patent deals with InterDigital, Magnolia Broadband....... by: Rik Myslewski

Both Intel and Google started the week in acquisitive modes, with the former announcing a massive $375m patent deal with InterDigital, and the latter acquiring over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband for an unspecified amount.  It appears that the mobile-broadband patent wars are not only continuing to churn the tech world, they're also continuing to cause big money to change hands among big players.

"These patents will support Intel's strategic investments in the mobile segment," said Chipzilla's general counsel Doug Melamed about his company's Monday move. "The addition of these patents expands our already large, strong and diverse portfolio of intellectual property."

Over in Warren, New Jersey, Magnolia Broadband's CEO Osmo Hautanen offered his opinion of Google's largesse, saying, "We believe that Google's acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices."

The MTD patents, which Magnolia Broadband developed in a research and testing effort of over a decade, cover technologies to increase spectrum utilization, expand coverage, improve uplink transmission speeds, and improve mobile devices' battery life.

Interestingly, although the MTD patent portfolio was acquired by Google, Hautanen noted that "The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies."

Magnolia board chairman Yaron Eitan chimed in on this point as well, saying, "We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range."

One can only assume that there is many a hurried discussion this Monday morning among the legal teams at Apple, HTC, Samsung, and others about the murky mobile-broadband patent landscape. And as Intel continues its deep-pocket efforts to move into the mobile market, odds are that ARM's corner offices are abuzz, as well.

Google's Patent Portfolio Gains Weight .....by Mark Hearn

Google’s patent portfolio has just gained a little weight, as the software/search engine giant has cemented its purchase of more than 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband. There’s no mention of how much green Google ponied up to acquire this wireless catalog of goodies, but the new arsenal of intellectual property will likely mesh well with the company’s more prominent purchase of Motorola Mobility. In addition to possibly putting the technology of this purchase to use, Google is also saving them for future legal quarrels.

Google completes buyout of Magnolia Broadband patents, puts a little extra protection under its belt by: Jon Fingas

Magnolia Broadband revealed that Google was buying some of its patents at the start of June, but to say that its confirmation was brief would be an understatement. It's being more verbose now that the transaction has been cleared: Google now owns over 50 patents for beamforming wireless signals. Magnolia characterizes the techniques as important to making the best use of cellular connections, which could well be helpful to a company that just bought Motorola. Having said this, we can't help but think that the various patent battles of Google's recent acquisition may play a part; obtaining cellular-specific patents would give potential attackers a reason to think twice.

Google Buys Mobile Transmit Diversity Patents From Magnolia Broadband

Google has acquired over 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, according to an announcement from the latter. Specifically, Google has acquired Magnolia’s beam forming Mobile Transmit Diversity (MTD) patents.
The patents cover methods for increasing spectrum utilization, expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life, Magnolia says.
These could complement the patents Google acquired with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
“We believe that Google’s acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices,” said CEO Osmo Hautanen. “The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies.”
“This transaction is a milestone for Magnolia Broadband,” added Yaron Eitan, Chairman of the Magnolia Broadband’s Board. “It provides a return to our investors and funding for continued development of Magnolia’s MTD technology. We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Google picks up Magnolia Broadband's MTD patent portfolio

Google has acquired more than 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, a company focused on improving scalability and capacity across the mobile space. According to Magnolia, the patents come from its Mobile Transmit Diversity portfolio, which includes a host of technologies related to increasing mobile network capacity, expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds, and increasing a device's battery life.  The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

According to Magnolia CEO Osmo Hautanen, the software Google's newly acquired patents relate to can be "embedded into any mobile broadband device." The software is sold to mobile device vendors and chipset companies, according to Hautanen.

Interestingly, Google didn't acquire the software, which remains under the ownership of Magnolia. Whether the companies entered into a licensing agreement, however, was not divulged.

A host of major companies have been going on a patent-buying spree lately. Last year, Apple and Research In Motion were among a few companies that bought Nortel's patents for $4.5 billion. Microsoft recently closed a deal to acquire about 800 patents from AOL for $1 billion. Even Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility was motivated by a desire to own that company's patent portfolio.

Who can blame any of the companies? Over the last couple of years, the mobile space has exploded with patent lawsuits, forcing firms to find protection wherever possible. CNET has contacted Google for comment on the patent portfolio purchase. We will update this story when we have more information.

Magnolia Broadband's Patent Portfolio Acquired by Google

IP rights to benefit Google in the mobile space; Proceeds to help finance on-going R&D by Magnolia Broadband

WARREN, N.J., Jun 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Magnolia Broadband, Inc. has sold its beam forming Mobile Transmit Diversity ("MTD") patent portfolio to Google, Inc. GOOG +1.30%  . This patent portfolio is derived from over a decade of research, development, and testing, and covers methods for increasing spectrum utilization (network capacity), expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds at the cell edge, and improving device battery life.
Osmo Hautanen, CEO of Magnolia Broadband, said; "We believe that Google's acquisition of our more than 50 Mobile Transmit Diversity beam forming technology patents underlines the need for such a technology in mobile broadband devices." Mr. Hautanen further explained Magnolia Broadband's continued vision: "The software, which can be embedded into any mobile broadband device remains the property of Magnolia Broadband and will be made available to mobile device vendors and chipset companies."
Yaron Eitan, Chairman of the Board of Magnolia Broadband, Inc. and a Partner in SCP Partners, the company's largest shareholder, said: "This transaction is a milestone for Magnolia Broadband. It provides a return to our investors and funding for continued development of Magnolia's MTD technology. We look forward to deployment of this innovative technology in smart phones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices, to provide faster data throughput, better coverage and wider range."

Martin Cooper, Creator of Portable Cellphone Urges Adoption of Technologies for Spectrum Efficiency

Martin Cooper, the former vice president of Motorola who helped create the first working cellphone, has been saying for some time that technology is the solution to dealing with the ever-rising demand for wireless data capacity. Now a presidential advisory committee agrees with him, urging President Obama to adopt technologies that would use radio spectrum more efficiently. Wireless carriers argue that they need more spectrum, not just better-managed spectrum.    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/qa-marty-cooper-spectrum-sharing/
Technologies such as Mobile Transmit Diversity offered by Magnolia Broadband offer an immediate and viable solution to carriers. 

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Trend Is Coming On Fast (from www.rcrwireless.com)

From RCR Wireless: 

Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is coming on fast—and it looks like it’s here to stay.  So what kind of smartphone do you have? Is it an Apple iPhone, an Android, or a BlackBerry? As 3G and even 4G networks are deployed across the U.S, smartphone adoption is soaring. And once they experience the power, versatility and sheer fun of smartphones, people can get almost addicted to them.  And that means that people want to take those personal smartphones to work – and to use them for work e-mails. And work phone calls. And personal phone calls. And personal e-mails, texts, and … well, you get the picture. Why have two phones — one for work, one for life — when you can have it all on your smartphone? 

From NYC to LA, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is coming on fast—and it looks like it’s here to stay. However, BYOD introduces much greater complexity—something that service providers will need to carefully plan for.

BYOD’s growing popularity and business benefits, improving customer experience

Amdocs recently released the results of a global survey, conducted by analyst firm, Heavy Reading, that explores the growing demand for BYOD support from business customers. “BYOD has been gaining momentum as consumers want to bring their favorite smartphones and tablets to work, and with enterprises anticipating benefits such as increased productivity and employee satisfaction, we surely expect this trend to continue to grow,” said Ari Banerjee, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. 

The majority of surveyed service providers (73%) expect to see a 10% to 25% increase in BYOD device requests from business customers in the coming year due to the recognized benefits for businesses. Cost savings, employee satisfaction and increased productivity are cited as the primary benefits of BYOD for service providers’ business customers, with almost half of service provider respondents believing that BYOD will decrease costs and increase productivity by 10% to 25% for these customers.