Mitel Networks Partners With IPValue to Commercialize Patent Portfolio

Mitel Networks and IPValue Management this week announced a partnership that could help Mitel capitalize on nearly 1,800 applications and patents.

Dan Kobialka, Contributing writer

November 13, 2014

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Mitel Networks Chief Architect Christian Szpilfogel
Mitel Networks Chief Architect Christian Szpilfogel

Mitel Networks (MITL) has selected intellectual property (IP) commercialization operations company IPValue Management to commercialize its patent portfolio.

The companies this week announced a multi-year agreement that could help Mitel capitalize on nearly 1,800 applications and patents. Mitel noted that IPValue will be responsible for originating and executing transactions related to patent licensing and sales across its IP portfolio under the new agreement.

“By partnering with IPValue, we can expand our ability to commercialize Mitel’s patents and maximize the value of our intellectual property,” Mitel Chief Architect Christian Szpilfogel said in a prepared statement.

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IPValue CEO Murali Dharan added that he believes the partnership could help Mitel maximize its IP portfolio revenue.

“We see tremendous value in Mitel’s technology and IP portfolio and look forward to helping the company commercialize its patents,” he said.

How will the Mitel-IPValuepartnership affect both companies?

The Mitel-IPValue partnership could help Mitel further extend its global reach.

Mitel owns patents across various communications and information technologies, and Szpilfogel said IPValue could help Mitel “expand [its] ability to commercialize [its] patents.”

Dharan noted that IPValue “has a proven track record” of helping its partners maximize their IP portfolio revenues, which bodes well for Mitel.

IPValue previously has partnered with Xerox (XRX) and the Palo Alto Research Center, and its current partners include BT (BT), NXP (NXPI) and Spansion (CODE).

A Mitel spokesperson last month told Talkin’ Cloud that the Ottawa, Ontario-based unified communications (UC) solutions provider is “focused on further momentum and growth” over the next 18 months, and in addition to partnering with IPValue to capitalize on its IP portfolio, the company has made several moves to bolster its market presence.

Mitel last month announced it had doubled in size over the previous 18 months and unveiled new branding to reflect its growth.

The UC solutions provider also has made numerous proposals to acquire Sunnyvale, California-based IP phone systems provider ShoreTel (SHOR).

Mitel this week submitted a revised proposal to acquire ShoreTel, but ShoreTel’s Board of Directors has rejected its most recent offer.

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Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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