If pipelines, automakers, ketchup plants are worthy of public backing, so should BlackBerry's patents be
If it’s true that BlackBerry Ltd. wants to sell a trove of patents worth hundreds of millions of dollars, then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford might want to muscle in and insist on the right of first refusal.
Then all of us need to get serious about intellectual property, which is the 21st-century equivalent of oil. We were lucky enough to have access to some crude, but we have been poor at turning our ideas into wealth. BlackBerry is a reminder of how far we’ve fallen behind, because it remains the country’s top holder of patents even in its shrunken form.
IAM, a trade publication, and the Globe and Mail have both reported in the past week that the Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company is shopping a significant cache of intellectual property that almost certainly was developed with the help of the federal and provincial governments.
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