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Analyzing BlackBerry’s Recent Partnerships

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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

 Partnerships with Japanese firms

A few days ago, BlackBerry (BBRY) announced that it would partner with Japan-based (EWJ) Fujisoft and Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions. According to BlackBerry’s press release, “The companies have joined a new, specialized Value-Added Integrator (VAI) program announced by BlackBerry in March 2017, which aims to build a worldwide network of experts trained on BlackBerry QNX and Certicom technologies.”

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The program will allow firms to deliver integration services that can leverage BlackBerry’s embedded technology towards the development of mission-critical and secure solutions. It will accelerate the product’s time to market. According to BlackBerry’s Technology Solutions Senior Vice President Kavian Karimi, Japan creates an opportunity for the firm to provide cutting-edge technology in the IoT (Internet of Things) space and deliver various security and software solutions across industries like manufacturing, automotive, and healthcare.

Fujisoft provides solutions in verticals like hardware, middleware, and application development. Other firms that have partnered with BlackBerry in the VAI program include Archermind Tech, Micon Global, ThunderSoft, Witeko, Mcloudware, Mission Embedded and India’s (INDA) Tata Elxsi.

Licensing agreement with Teletry

On November 15, 2017, BlackBerry announced a licensing agreement with Teletry. It’s a firm that focuses on creating relationships between licensees and patent holders in the wireless tech space.

The agreement provides Teletry with the right to sublicense several BlackBerry patents to global smartphone manufacturers.

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