WiLAN (WILN), the patent licensing company run by CEO Jim Skippen, said it entered into a technology transfer partnership with the University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office.
Ottawa-based WiLAN will assist the university’s licensing efforts, including the provision of technology to promising startup companies.
This is the second partnership WiLAN has announced with a Canadian university. Last month, the company said it would be assisting the University of Waterloo in the enforcement of its patents.
Skippen also recently said that WiLAN expects to partner with universities to bring enforcement actions against companies in China.
WiLAN may be hoping to duplicate the success of Carnegie Mellon University, which won a $750 million settlement from Marvell Technology Group earlier this year. Similarly, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation won a $234 million award against Apple Inc. (AAPL) in an enforcement dispute. Apple is appealing that decision. Apple also recently agreed to pay $24.9 million to Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an enforcement dispute.
Earlier this week, Harvard University filed enforcement actions against GlobalFoundries and Micron Technologies Inc..
“We believe WiLAN will be a valuable partner in furthering the reach of our intellectual property in the Information and Computer Technology sector, including promising startup companies,” said Johannes Dyring, managing director, Industry Liaison Office at the University of Saskatchewan. “We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with WiLAN.”
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