Technicolor’s chief IP officer Arvin Patel will depart the French firm to take up the same post at media and entertainment tech company TiVo. Deirdre Leane – perhaps best known as former head of controversial patent monetisation business IPNav – will take over much of Patel’s role at Technicolor.
For Patel, the move represents a homecoming of sorts. From 2011 to 2015, he was senior vice president of worldwide IP and licensing at Rovi. In April 2016, Rovi announced that it had acquired TiVo in a deal worth $1.1 billion, adopting the latter company’s name as its own.
“TiVo’s licensing business is bigger and even more profitable than the one I’m leaving at Technicolor,” Patel told IAM. “That means opening up new licensing markets and really challenging ourselves to generate value for our shareholders by making the best entertainment-delivery technology available to companies across the many product categories that entertainment touches.”
Samir Armaly, who currently heads up TiVo’s patent function as executive vice president of IP and licensing, will remain with the company but will be moving to a newly created role.
Effectively replacing Patel at Technicolor is Leane, who joined Technicolor as vice president of licensing in December last year. In the wake of Patel’s departure, she will be taking over the reins of the French company’s global patent and technology monetisation operations.
Before joining Technicolor, Leane served as CEO and president at IPNav after the firm’s founder Erich Spangenberg stepped down in 2014. Previously she headed up its operations in Europe. IT company Rackspace referred to IPNav as “the most notorious patent troll in America” when it sued the firm for breach of contract in 2013.