Alcatel-Lucent Plans Patent Sale

19 Nov 2012

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Alcatel-Lucent is considering the sale of some of its secondary patents as it seeks to raise revenue following recent disappointing financial results, according to its Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Paul Tufano.

The company, which headquarters is based in Paris, France, is already considering how it will make money out of its patent portfolio through licensing.

Alcatel-Lucent announced at the beginning of this year that it was setting up a licensing syndicate for its patents, which may generate “several hundred million Euros” in 2012.

Tufano said the company had close to 30,000 patents and a further 15,000 applications pending, but he did not specify how many of either category might potentially be up for sale. Also no mention was made about the type of technology that the company might consider non-core.
There has been speculation it might sell whole business units, such as its submarine cable business, or adopt tactics such as swapping debt for equity to improve its financial outlook.

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