Patent Aggregation in the Great White North

17 June 2021
IGIR in Law

Patent aggregation is one of the critical paths to raise revenue and earn a return on investment in the ICT sector. It comprises all activities whereby firms build sets of related patents, so-called patent portfolios, and subsequently use these beyond manufacturing. Different kinds of entities pursue such patent aggregation activities, well beyond the usual suspects of patent trolls and pools. The main distinction between patent aggregators is between practising entities and non-practising entities. The former ones are vertically integrated patentees that both sell patent implementing products and monetise their patents. The later ones are patentees operating only in upstream technology markets without downstream product activities. Several notable instances of patent aggregation activities relate to Canadian firms.