A main lawyer carrying out patent licensing policy of BlackBerry Ltd. has left the firm, the 2nd latest exit from the team handed with job of making money from the intellectual property of the Canadian company. Victor Schubert, who was a director of licensing for BlackBerry, claimed in a short LinkedIn text that he has left the firm. He did not state why he left or when. Monetizing the intellectual property of the company is a main part of John Chen’s, the Chief Executive, strategy for turning around the firm whose incomes have dropped for 6 Years straight since sales of its once omnipresent handsets have plummeted.
Representatives of the company did not reply to questions for statements on Schubert. Two operators of switchboard at the Canadian firm claimed that his name was not present in an international worker directory. News of his way out follows the latest leaving of Mark Kokes, who guided overall patent plan of BlackBerry. Last month, Kokes joined a health tech firm. Schubert in March 2015 joined BlackBerry, as per his LinkedIn profile, since the company was getting on a huge push to drive licensing income. BlackBerry is making an attempt to influence other firms to give licensing royalties to employ its trove of almost 40,000 worldwide patents on techs comprising networking infrastructure, operating systems, messaging, acoustics, cyber security, automotive subsystems, and wireless communications.
Schubert has executed and created programs of patent licensing for minimum 4 firms, comprising BlackBerry, dating back to 1992, as per his profile on LinkedIn. It lists patent valuation, portfolio mining, and negotiating patent sales as regions of know-how. He was due to symbolize BlackBerry at a Seattle-based patent meeting next month to talk how working firms can make cash off their intellectual property, as per an agenda reported on the website of the conference in August. He is no longer named as a board member. BlackBerry revealed it had held royalty-bearing contracts with one more company including Cisco Systems Inc. soon after Schubert joined. It also filed lawsuits of patent infringement at the time of his tenure against Avaya Inc. and Nokia that are currently in progress.###