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InterDigital takes second bite of Technicolor to become R&D force

Unfulfilled with its meal of Technicolor’s patents licensing business, US mobile technology specialist InterDigital has come back for seconds, wolfing down the troubled French vendor’s Research & Innovation (R&I) division for an undisclosed sum. Could rivals rue the day they allowed InterDigital to inherit the guts of a company which, despite its ongoing dismantling, owns some dynamic technologies and has a world-renowned research unit? Already renowned as a vociferous patents advocate in video and wireless, the deal for Technicolor’s R&I engine gives InterDigital additional inroads into the fierce video codec and smart home spaces, as well as emerging business opportunities such as AR, VR, machine learning, imaging sciences and wider IoT use cases. HEVC and ATSC 3.0 in particular are…

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