Pendrell subsidiary sues Apple, Amazon and more over alleged DRM patent infringement

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Bellevue-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corporation, announced today that it has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, Huawei and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. At issue is digital rights management (DRM) technology for protecting content from piracy on devices including smartphones and tablets. ContentGuard’s complaint implicates Amazon’s Kindle app,… Read More


Bigger and better bamboo? Pendrell buys 68% stake in bamboo science firm Provitro

It must be agricultural science day here at GeekWire. I just wrote about Phytelligence, a WSU spinout that’s developing more robust apple and cherry trees, scoring new funding. Now, here comes another deal involving patent holding firm Pendrell Corp. and Provitro Biosciences. Formerly known as Booshoot, Provitro is a 15-year-old Mount Vernon-based company that —… Read More


ContentGuard to partner with top Korean mobile company

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of the Kirkland-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corp., announced a partnership today with one of Korea’s top mobile handset makers. ContentGuard and Pantech will team up to help improve the content experience on Pantech phones and tablets. The South Korean company was founded in 1991 and is the third-leading mobile manufacturer in Korea behind… Read More


Patent holding firm settles with Boeing for $10 million

Pendrell Corp., the Kirkland patent holding firm led by former Clearwire execs, said today that it has withdrawn a petition for review with the California Supreme Court related to litigation involving its ICO Global Communications. Pendrell was initially awarded $603 million for breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference in 2008. But the California Court of Appeal reversed… Read More


Tech Moves: Microsoft tech evangelist named Aditi CTO; Microsoft’s China CEO quits; etc.

Wade Wegner, the former director of technical evangelism at Microsoft, has been named chief technology officer at Bellevue-based Aditi Technologies. At Microsoft, he was responsible for leading the team that played a role in driving Microsoft’s technical strategy for the cloud computing platform Windows Azure. He was also the co-host of Microsoft’s Cloud Cover Show… Read More


Craig McCaw-backed Pendrell makes a big patent buy

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures may be the best known of the patent holding firms in the Seattle area. But another player with ties to a different wealthy Seattle techie is starting to stake its claim. Pendrell, a Kirkland company formerly known as ICO Global Communications and led by telecommunications billionaire Craig McCaw, announced today that… Read More