The bidding for Blackberry is there, the giant has fallen and now the best bidders appear to take it over. Blackberry has not been able to adapt to the competition, it has really tried, even with the launch last year of an interesting terminal (the Z10) but it has not managed to set in the market. The recent launch of the Blackberry Messenger has been more successful than the phone itself.
And it is now, when you are trying to sell the company, that potential buyers of the company appear. There are the “big boys” behind it, Apple, Google, Microsoft… Even Lenovo. Some are trying to buy it en bloc, as is the case with Microsoft. The guys from Redmond seem interested in buying it to try (maybe) to keep competing in the mobile market. Can you imagine a Blackberry with Windows Phone? It seems crazy, but there we have Nokia.
Microsoft’s offer is perhaps the one that could interest the Canadian company the most , since the management does not want to dismantle the structure of the company. While Apple and Google seem to be more interested in the important patent portfolio that Blackberry has. Not because of the company itself, but because of its intellectual property.
It is estimated that Blackberry has a file containing 986 important patents, valued at around 3 billion dollars (US, remember that it is actually 3 billion dollars) . And we are not talking about old patents that would have little or no commercial use with the current mobile market. These patents are very interesting to include in the portfolio of Apple or Google and continue developing their phones. We will see who ends up taking over the company.