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Thomson, acquired MediaSec Technologies GmbH

synopsis: Thomson has acquired MediaSec Technologies GmbH, a pioneer in digital watermarking and copy detection technologies. MediaSec, with a presence in the US, has a strong portfolio of patents and software products which Thomson will build on to meet the Media & Entertainment industries' growing need for content security and tracking solutions.
buyer: Thomson (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Thomson is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated media and entertainment companies. The company is a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, including TVs, home theater systems, DVD players, digital audio and video products, home entertainment accessories, an "
target: MediaSec Technologies GmbH
MediaSec Technologies provides solutions for securing and authenticating digital images and printed documents utilizing patented digital watermarking, encryption, electronic signatures and other security technologies.
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closed 5/30/2018 via PE Hub

Castik Capital S.à r.l., acquired Ipan Group

synopsis: Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, announced the sale of Munich-based ipan Group, one of the leading providers of IP management services and software, to Castik Capital.
buyer: Castik Capital S.à r.l.
Founded in 2014, Castik Capital is based in Luxembourg and focuses on identifying and developing investment opportunities across Europe. Castik Capital is a European multi-strategy investment manager acquiring significant ownership positions in European private and public companies. "
target parent: Warburg Pincus
target: Ipan Group
Munich-based Ipan group (Intellectual Property Associates Network), is a leading provider of IP management services and software, supporting the largest IP owners around the globe.
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closed 7/22/2013 via BusinessWire

Insight Venture Partners, acquired Anaqua Inc and SGA2 SAS

synopsis: Beacon Equity Partners LLC announced that it has completed the sale of Anaqua Inc. and SGA2 SAS to Insight Venture Partners. Anaqua Inc. is a leading provider of intellectual property software. SGA2 SAS is a French company that provides patent annuity and trademark renewal services globally.
buyer: Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global private equity and venture capital firm founded in 1995. They have raised more than $7.6 billion and invested in more than 190 growth-stage software, eCommerce, internet, and data-services companies. "
target parent: Beacon Equity Partners
target: Anaqua Inc and SGA2 SAS
Anaqua Inc was formed to fill a gap in enterprise infrastructure by providing comprehensive software solution for intellectual asset management. SGA2 SAS is a French company that provides patent annuity and trademark renewal services globally.
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closed 4/26/2012 via PR Newswire

Thru, Inc., acquired Rumble Australia Pty Ltd

synopsis: Thru, Inc., a cloud innovator of high-performance, enterprise class services, announced that it has acquired Rumble Australia Pty Ltd, a leading provider in Digital Asset Management solutions that provide managed storage, optimized access, secure managed delivery of all forms of an enterprises' digital brand related assets.
buyer: Thru, Inc.
Thru, Inc. a global leader in cloud-based managed file transfer, trusted to distribute and track large amounts of information quickly and securely across the globe. Thru has more than 5,000 corporate installations in over 70 countries, handling millions of transactions annually. "
target: Rumble Australia Pty Ltd
Rumble Australia is a Sydney based company which specializes in delivering digital asset management solutions to its varied clients within the Banking and Finance; Mining and Manufacturing; Entertainment and Media; Consumer and Corporate sectors.
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closed 3/23/2007 via BusinessWire

Corporation Service Company, acquired NameProtect Inc.

synopsis: Corporation Service Company, a privately-held company and leading provider of legal and financial services to corporations and law firms, has acquired NameProtect, a privately-held leader of digital brand management solutions for the Global 2000.
buyer: Corporation Service Company
Corporation Service Company, a privately-held company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, is a leading provider of legal and financial services for many of the world’s largest companies and law firms. "
target parent: Mason Wells
target: NameProtect Inc.
NameProtect, a digital brand management company, provides a comprehensive suite of trademark clearance and advanced monitoring services that support the entire life cycle of a brand in today’s digital economy.
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closed 8/2/2006 via BusinessWire

Stellent, Inc., acquired SealedMedia Inc.

synopsis: Stellent, Inc., a global provider of content management solutions, announced it has staked a leadership claim in the content security market by acquiring SealedMedia Limited, a leader in easy-to-use, enterprise digital rights management solutions.
buyer parent: Oracle Corporation
buyer: Stellent, Inc.
Stellent, Inc. is a global provider of content management software solutions that drive rapid success for customers by enabling fast implementations and generating quick, broad user adoption. "
target: SealedMedia Inc.
Established in 1996 SealedMedia Inc. is a software developer that provides a Document Security solution. SealedMedia integrates with existing business systems to deliver complete protection of an organization's valuable and confidential digital information.
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$10 [$10]
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$2
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closed 6/8/2006 via PR Newswire

Access Intigrated Technologies Inc., acquired PLX Systems Inc.

synopsis: Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. today announced it has acquired privately held PLX Systems Incorporated. Based in Los Angeles, California, PLX Systems, Inc. develops and supports enterprise software to manage valuable intellectual property assets.
buyer: Access Intigrated Technologies Inc. (CIDM:$59.14)
Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. is the industry leader in providing fully integrated software and services to enable the motion picture entertainment industry and all of its constituents to transition from film to digital cinema. "
target: PLX Systems Inc.
PPLX, provides intellectual-property valuation and lifecycle management software and Web-based services to legal and licensing professionals, intellectual property auditors, brokers and lawyers, chief financial officers, controllers, and research and development executives.
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closed 2/17/2006 via BNC Analysis

Northstar Global Partners, purchased a minority stake in Anaqua Ltd.

synopsis: Anaqua last week announced it has received $4 million in first-round venture funding from Northstar Global Partners in Boston and relocated its headquarters from London to Boston. The company plans to use its cash to bolster sales-and-marketing efforts and hire staff.
buyer: Northstar Global Partners
Northstar Global Partners is an investment bank leveraging decades of experience and a network of U.S. and European relationships to provide services in: Corporate Finance Mergers and Acquisitions Merchant Banking Consulting and Strategic Planning "
target: Anaqua Ltd.
Ford Motor Company and British American Tobacco are world leaders in the field of Intellectual Property Management. Both companies share a similar vision for the future of IP management. They recognise the value and importance of creating a collaborative environment within which they can work in pa
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closed 11/14/2018 via BusinessWire

Corsearch, acquired Yellow Brand Protection

synopsis: Corsearch Inc., a premier provider of clearance and protection solutions for trademark and brand professionals, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Yellow Brand Protection AB of Sweden, a leading global provider of online anti-counterfeiting and brand protection services.
buyer parent: Audax Group
buyer: Corsearch
Corsearch is a premier provider of clearance and protection solutions for trademark and brand professionals. Its high-quality, intuitive tools and unparalleled expertise enable professionals to effectively manage their trademark screening, search review, watching, and domain management processes. "
target: Yellow Brand Protection
Yellow Brand Protection is a leading global provider of online anti-counterfeiting and brand protection services. Operating from offices across Europe, USA and China, Yellow’s disruptive technology, “ZERO” seeks to identify and combat IP-infringing content found anywhere in the world, online.
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closed 7/25/2017 via BusinessWire

Lecorpio merged with Anaqua Inc.,

synopsis: Anaqua, Inc., the premier provider of Intellectual Property (IP) management and analytics solutions, announced that it is merging with Lecorpio, a leading developer of end-to-end IP management software.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Anaqua Inc.
Anaqua helps corporations and law firms turn intellectual property into competitive advantage. Their software platform, ANAQUA, unifies the critical tools, best practice workflows, data, documents and services into one efficient, intelligent environment. "
target: Lecorpio
Lecorpio, a leading IP management and analytics software solutions company, helps innovative companies quickly turn ideas into assets. The solution provides a secure, web-based portal for centrally managing the entire IP lifecycle.
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closed 11/30/2015 via PR Newswire

CPA Global, acquired Innography

synopsis: CPA Global, the world's leading specialist in intellectual property (IP) software and services, announced the acquisition of premier IP search and analytics software provider Innography. Innography wants to bring big data analytics to the IP market and position the role of IP-related insights at the forefront of the business decision-making.
buyer parent: Cinven
buyer: CPA Global
CPA Global is the world's leading IP management services and software specialist. Trusted by many of the world's best-known corporations and law firms to help them manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets. "
target: Innography
Innography provides answers to questions about intellectual property to help organisations improve their business. Innography's software suite combines unique correlation and visualisation technologies to enable users to gain insights for managing, extending and exploiting their patent portfolios.
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closed 9/29/2015 via Company Press Release

Questel, acquired Intellixir SAS

synopsis: Questel, one of the world’s main online service providers dedicated to intellectual property, announces the acquisition of Intellixir, pioneer in the statistical analysis applied to scientific publications and patents and a recognized worldwide leader in business intelligence solutions for Intellectual Property.
buyer: Questel
Questel S.A. provides a suite of Web-based services for productivity and collaboration to intellectual property worldwide. It offers intelligence and technological landscape, ideation management, innovation capture, technology scouting and licensing-in, invention management and prior-art searching. "
target: Intellixir SAS
The Intellixir system was created to enable information professionals, research analysts and competitive intelligence specialists to efficiently and effectively manage the ever increasing number of patents and scientific publications they faced.
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closed 10/31/2018 via BNC Analysis

Clarivate Analytics, acquired TrademarkVision

synopsis: Brisbane-based start-up TrademarkVision, which has created image recognition technology for trademark searches, has been acquired by US-based Clarivate Analytics. In 2013 TrademarkVision released the world’s first visual search engine for trademarks which immediately picked up commercial traction.
buyer parent: Onex Corporation
buyer: Clarivate Analytics
Clarivate Analytics is a research analytics software company that provides subscription-based services in research and patent analytics. Organizations and researchers rely on the knowledge bases from Clarivate for information about pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence and IP management. "
target: TrademarkVision
TrademarkVision was founded in 2011 as a computer vision spinout from a research organisation in Australia. In 2013 they released the world’s first visual search engine for trademarks which immediately picked up commercial traction.
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closed 3/30/2016 via BNC Analysis

FilmTrack, Inc., acquired RoyaltyZone

synopsis: FilmTrack, the leading provider of intellectual property and rights management solutions for the media and entertainment industry, announced it has acquired RoyaltyZone, a leading software provider of licensing and royalties solutions.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: FilmTrack, Inc.
FilmTrack's cloud-based software platform streamlines the complex intellectual property management process and provides a holistic view into critical data supporting rights, availabilities, contracts, invoicing, licensing, revenue recognition, royalties and workflow management. "
target: RoyaltyZone
RoyaltyZone is a leading provider of web based software tools that enable licensors, agents, and licensees to manage license agreements, rights, products, invoices, and royalties with ease.
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closed 1/22/2010 via PR Newswire

Motorola, Inc., acquired SecureMedia, Inc.

synopsis: Motorola, Inc. announced that it has acquired the assets of SecureM, LLC and its wholly owned subsidiaries, together operating as SecureMedia®, a developer of software-based digital rights management (DRM) and security systems for IP video distribution and management.
buyer: Motorola, Inc. (MSI:$7,532.00)
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. The people of Motorola are committed to helping their customers to get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that they want and need. "
target parent: Cavalier Telephone, LLC
target: SecureMedia, Inc.
SecureMedia is the most experienced provider of proven open-platform content protection software for video-on-demand, IP video, multimedia, music and other digital content distributed over cable, satellite and broadband IP networks.
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closed 4/14/2016 via Company Press Release

Anaqua Inc., acquired AcclaimIP and Free Patents Online

synopsis: Anaqua, Inc., a leading provider of intellectual property management software and services, announced the acquisition of both AcclaimIP, an industry-leading patent analytics software solution, and Free Patents Online, the leading free patent search tool.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Anaqua Inc.
Anaqua helps corporations and law firms turn intellectual property into competitive advantage. Their software platform, ANAQUA, unifies the critical tools, best practice workflows, data, documents and services into one efficient, intelligent environment. "
target: AcclaimIP and Free Patents Online
AcclaimIP is a patent search an analytics application offered as software as a service (SaaS) owned and developed by FreePatentsOnline.
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announced 7/1/2010 via Market Wire

Patent Calls, Inc, will purchase Patent Tools from nXn Tech

synopsis: Patent Calls, Inc. announced that it is acquiring nXn Tech's Patent Tools, a computerized patent analytics and search tool. The acquisition will combine Patent Tools' advanced technologies, algorithms and innovative ratings engine with Patent Calls' extensive expert patent research and information services portfolio.
buyer: Patent Calls, Inc
Patent Calls offers standard independent technology-based reviews and analyses, and custom information services including identification of licensable or acquirable patents, identification of products and support for intellectual property attorneys. "
seller: nXn Tech
nXn Tech develops technology platforms and solutions for providing answers to front line analysts, consumers and employees. nXn provides answers for Federal and local governments and private industry--primarily for front line users that are seeking immediate actionable intelligence and information.
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announced 8/1/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Data443, will acquire ARALOC

synopsis: LandStar, Inc., the parent company of Data443 Risk Mitigation, Inc., a leading data security and privacy company, announced that the Company has completed the letter of intent to acquire all technology, sales assets, and customers of Modevity’s enterprise cloud-based data storage, protection, and workflow automation platform, ARALOC™.
buyer parent: LandStar, Inc.
buyer: Data443 (:$2.67)
Data443 Risk Mitigation is a technology holding company specializing in ‘all things data security’. DATA443 is actively developing and acquiring cyber-security products & service offerings that are central to blockchain, cyber data security, GDPR, compliance and governance capabilities. "
target parent: Modevity
target: ARALOC
ARALOC is an industry-leading secure digital content distribution and communications platform that protects an organization’s confidential content and intellectual property assets from leakage – malicious or accidental – without impacting communications and collaboration between all stakeholders.
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announced 6/14/2017 via GlobeNewswire

IP Risk Control, will acquire araloc

synopsis: IP Risk Control, a company that brings complete holistic solutions to combat the counterfeit and pirating of global goods, is to acquire ARALOC, an industry-leading secure digital content distribution and communications platform that protects an organization’s confidential content and intellectual property assets from leakage.
buyer: IP Risk Control (OTCPK:APHD:$0.05)
Appiphany Technologies (IP Risk Control) commenced operations in June of 2009. Appiphany has now completely diversified its offerings to deliver global 'best-of-breed' products and technologies to bring complete holistic solutions to combat the counterfeit and pirating of global goods. "
target parent: Modevity
target: araloc
ARALOC is an industry-leading secure digital content distribution and communications platform that protects an organization’s confidential content and intellectual property assets from leakage – malicious or accidental – without impacting communications and collaboration between all stakeholders.
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closed 11/7/2018 via BNC Analysis

Dennemeyer Group, acquired octimine technologies GmbH

synopsis: The Dennemeyer Group, a global full-service provider for the protection and management of intellectual property rights, has acquired octimine technologies GmbH, a German company that provides cutting-edge patent searching and patent analysis technology using artificial intelligence (AI).
buyer: Dennemeyer Group
Dennemeyer is a global full-service provider for the protection and management of intellectual property (IP) rights. Dennemeyer delivers IP services such as patent annuities, trademark renewals, recordals, as well as strategic IP consulting and software solutions for effective IP management. "
target: octimine technologies GmbH
Founded in 2015, octimine is a German company that provides cutting-edge patent searching and patent analysis technology using artificial intelligence (AI). Their easy to use SaaS platform aims at improving the analysis of patents and its search process.
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closed 4/4/2019 via PR Newswire

AirTies, purchased Wireless Doctor from Technicolor SA

synopsis: AirTies, a provider of managed in-home Wi-Fi solutions to global service providers, has completed its acquisition of Technicolor's Wi-Fi Management software business, a.k.a. Wireless Doctor. Wireless Doctor, previously known as Wi-Fi Doctor and Conductor, is a suite of cloud-based performance management software, embedded decision logic, and apps.
buyer: AirTies
Founded in 2004, AirTies is the most widely deployed provider of managed in-home Wi-Fi solutions to operators around the globe. AirTies delivers service providers with Smart Wi-Fi software, apps, a cloud-based performance optimization platform, Mesh extenders and set-top boxes. "
seller: Technicolor SA (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Wireless Doctor, previously known as Wi-Fi Doctor and Conductor, is a suite of cloud-based performance management software, embedded decision logic, and apps used by service providers to improve the in-home Wi-Fi experience of their subscribers.
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closed 9/28/2016 via BNC Analysis

Cirpack, acquired Amplement

synopsis: Cirpack, a leading editor of VoIP & Unified Communications software, is acquiring Amplement, a professional social network that allows people to share and collaborate in realtime with professionals around the world.
buyer parent: Technicolor SA
buyer: Cirpack
Cirpack is a leading editor of VoIP & Unified Communications software and operator of a Telecom "Platform as a Service"​ in the Cloud. They are based in France. "
target: Amplement
Amplement is a professional social network that allows people to share and collaborate in realtime with professionals around the world. With more than half a million active members in France, Amplement is becoming an indispensable tool for the professional world.
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closed 9/15/2015 via Company Press Release

Technicolor SA, acquired The Mill

synopsis: Technicolor announces the acquisition of London-based The Mill, the world’s largest visual effects and content creation studio for the advertising industry. Founded in 1990, The Mill is consistently recognized by peers and clients as a premier visual effects provider for both advertising agencies and brands.
buyer: Technicolor SA (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Technicolor is home to industry-leading creative and technology professionals committed to the creation, management and delivery of entertainment content to consumers around the world. Their licensing business possesses an intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging and sound technologies. "
target parent: Equistone Partners Europe
target: The Mill
The Mill is the world’s largest visual effects and content creation studio for the advertising industry. Founded in 1990, The Mill is consistently recognized by peers and clients as a premier visual effects provider for both advertising agencies and brands.
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closed 7/1/2015 via Company Press Release

Stratacache, Inc., acquired IZ-ON Media

synopsis: STRATACACHE, a provider of high-performance digital signage, content distribution and enterprise video acceleration technologies, has acquired IZ-ON Media from Technicolor. IZ-ON Media helps retailers and brands build customer loyalty by focusing on three key areas – Consumer Experience, Shopper Technology and Insights and Network Operations.
buyer: Stratacache, Inc.
Stratacache provides digital signage, digital merchandising, mobile enablement and media solutions; solutions that help inspire customers at the point-of-decision, leading to new sales opportunities. They have the deepest footprint in the market and enhance their offerings to serve customers. "
target parent: Technicolor SA
target: IZ-ON Media
IZ-ON Media is a digital media company specializing in in-store shopper marketing solutions that activate shoppers along the path to purchase to the point of sale. IZ-ON Media’s scale, consumer focus and innovation with mobile and audience targeting position both retailers and brands for success.
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closed 4/8/2015 via BNC Analysis

Technicolor SA, acquired Groupe Mikros Image

synopsis: Technicolor announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Mediacontech to acquire Mikros Image, a production company and post-production based in Paris and Montreal. Mikros image encompasses all aspects of post production: advertising, feature films, TV, video clips, video games and corporate communication.
buyer: Technicolor SA (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Their world class research and innovation laboratories enable them to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. "
target parent: Mediacontech
target: Groupe Mikros Image
Mikros Image is dedicated to high-end visual effects and is a major player in the post production industry. Mikros image encompasses all aspects of post production: advertising, feature films, TV, video clips, video games and corporate communication.
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closed 9/8/2014 via BNC Analysis

Flipboard Inc., acquired Ultravisual LLC

synopsis: Flipboard announced it has acquired the team at Ultravisual, a Technicolor-backed company. The company develops a photo and video editing application with a built in social network. Ultravisual is a network for sharing visual content broadly and beautifully. Their mission is to help people communicate and express themselves visually.
buyer: Flipboard Inc.
Flipboard is the world’s first social magazine. Inspired by the beauty and ease of print media, Flipboard’s mission is to fundamentally improve how people discover, view and share content across their social networks. "
target parent: Technicolor SA
target: Ultravisual LLC
Ultravisual LLC develops a photo and video editing application with a built in social network. Ultravisual is a network for sharing visual content broadly and beautifully. Their mission is to help people communicate and express themselves visually.
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announced 6/10/2014 via PR Newswire

Technicolor SA, will acquire Mr. X Inc.

synopsis: Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mr. X, a leading North American provider of visual effects to premier television and international film clients.
buyer: Technicolor SA (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Their world class research and innovation laboratories enable them to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. "
target: Mr. X Inc.
Founded in 2001, Mr. X is a digital production studio specializing in television and feature film visual effects. By collaborating with filmmakers from pre-production through post, Mr. X helps to define the look and feel of a film or television series.
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announced 3/13/2012 via Company Press Release

Ericsson AB, will purchase Broadcast Services Division from Technicolor SA

synopsis: Ericsson announced that it has submitted a binding offer to acquire the Broadcast Services Division of Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, headquartered in France. The closing of the acquisition is subject to relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations.
buyer: Ericsson AB (OM:ERIC B:$23,129.81)
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize its network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through its systems. "
seller: Technicolor SA (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Technicolor is home to industry-leading creative and technology professionals committed to the creation, management and delivery of entertainment content to consumers around the world. The company also remains a large physical media service provider.
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closed 3/31/2005 via

Thomson, acquired MediaSec Technologies GmbH

synopsis: Thomson has acquired MediaSec Technologies GmbH, a pioneer in digital watermarking and copy detection technologies. MediaSec, with a presence in the US, has a strong portfolio of patents and software products which Thomson will build on to meet the Media & Entertainment industries' growing need for content security and tracking solutions.
buyer: Thomson (ENXTPA:TCH:$4,513.87)
Thomson is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated media and entertainment companies. The company is a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, including TVs, home theater systems, DVD players, digital audio and video products, home entertainment accessories, an "
target: MediaSec Technologies GmbH
MediaSec Technologies provides solutions for securing and authenticating digital images and printed documents utilizing patented digital watermarking, encryption, electronic signatures and other security technologies.
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closed 9/8/2016 via BusinessWire

Rovi Corporation, acquired TiVo Inc.

synopsis: Rovi Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of TiVo Inc. The company is adopting the iconic TiVo brand, marking the emergence of a new global leader in innovative products and licensable inventions that power consumer entertainment experiences and transform the value of audience relationships.
buyer: Rovi Corporation (ROVI:$510.63)
Rovi is leading the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment. It creates personalized and data-driven ways for viewers to discover the right entertainment and for providers to discover the right audiences. "
target: TiVo Inc. (TIVO:$489.61)
TiVo Inc. is a global leader in next-generation television services. TiVo's innovative cloud-based SaaS solutions enable viewers to consume content across all screens in and out-of-the home.
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closed 5/2/2008 via BusinessWire

Macrovision Corporation, acquired Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.

synopsis: Macrovision Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide, a global leader in video and entertainment guidance technology and services. Combining Gemstar-TV and Macrovision technologies positions the company as a key enabler of the digital home entertainment experience.
buyer: Macrovision Corporation (ROVI:$510.63)
Rovi Corporation (formerly Macrovision Solutions Corporation) is a leader in powering the discovery and enjoyment of digital entertainment—connecting consumers with the best entertainment experiences possible. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. is a leading media, entertainment and technology company that develops, licenses, markets and distributes technologies, products and services targeted at the television guidance and home entertainment needs of consumers worldwide.
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$2,758 [$2,224]
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closed 6/22/2018 via BusinessWire

Sphero, acquired Specdrums

synopsis: Sphero, the leader in bringing together play and STEAM learning, announced its acquisition of Specdrums, a Boulder-based music tech startup. Specdrums offers app-controlled rings worn on a user’s fingers that turn color into sound with a simple tap.
buyer: Sphero
Sphero is an industry-leading robotics toy company that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual world with its smartphone-controlled robots. "
target: Specdrums
Specdrums is a Boulder-based music tech startup founded in 2016. Specdrums offers app-controlled rings worn on a user’s fingers that turn color into sound with a simple tap.
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Artifact Uprising, acquired Artifact Uprising

synopsis: Artifact Uprising announced that its management team bought back the company from its parent Visual Supply Co. (VSCO). Artifact Uprising creates tangible photo books, prints, and gifts for digital photos with a focus on responsibly-sourced materials and elevated design.
buyer: Artifact Uprising
Artifact Uprising creates tangible photo books, prints, and gifts for digital photos. Signature products include premium quality photo books whose interior pages are printed on 100% recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine. "
target parent: VSCO
target: Artifact Uprising
Artifact Uprising creates tangible photo books, prints, and gifts for digital photos. Signature products include premium quality photo books whose interior pages are printed on 100% recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.
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announced 10/21/2015 via Company Press Release

Electra Private Equity PLC, Exponent Private Equity, will acquire PhotoBox Limited

synopsis: Electra Private Equity PLC, a private equity investment trust on the London Stock Exchange, and Exponent Private Equity, a private equity firm that invests in UK headquartered businesses, announced the proposed acquisition of Photobox Group, Europe's leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts.
buyer: Exponent Private Equity
buyer: Electra Private Equity PLC (LSE:ELTA:$668.96)
Electra Private Equity PLC ("Electra") is a private equity investment trust quoted on the London Stock Exchange since 1976 achieving investment returns substantially in excess of the FTSE All-Share Index. Exponent Private Equity is a private equity firm that invests in UK headquartered businesses. "
target: PhotoBox Limited
PhotoBox Limited operates an online photo printing and sharing community. The company’s online digital photo service helps people to create memories and keep them alive through photo books, cards, wall décor items, mugs, T-shirts, and more.
price ($mm)
$619
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$44
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
14.1x
closed 1/7/2015 via Company Press Release

VSCO, acquired Artifact Uprising

synopsis: VSCO® (Visual Supply Company®), an art and technology company, announced that it had acquired Artifact Uprising. The Denver, CO based company enables people to transform digital images into premium quality photo books, prints, and gifts.
buyer: VSCO
VSCO® (Visual Supply Company®) is an art and technology company building an ecosystem of digital tools, services and community for modern creatives. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Oakland, California, with additional offices in Colorado Springs and New York City. "
target: Artifact Uprising
Artifact Uprising creates tangible photo books, prints, and gifts for digital photos. Signature products include premium quality photo books whose interior pages are printed on 100% recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.
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closed 12/2/2014 via PR Web

MailPix, acquired winkflash

synopsis: MailPix, the photo-printing and gifting site, has acquired Winkflash, a 12-year-old photo-printing site based in Attleboro, MA. Winkflash is a seamlessly integrated service made to print customer's 240 billion+ Facebook and Instagram photos and photos from any phone, device or computer.
buyer: MailPix
MailPix.com is the pre-eminent site for allowing users to print photos instantly at thousands of retailers from their phone app or PC and also offers convenient mail-to-home. MailPix preserves photo memories as photo books, canvas, prints, cards, enlargements and other photo gift products. "
target: winkflash
Winkflash is a seamlessly integrated service made to print customer's 240 billion+ Facebook and Instagram photos and photos from any phone, device or computer. They print photos the same day at thousands of retailers from your phone app or PC and offer convenient mail-to-home shipping.
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closed 8/14/2013 via Reuters

Elanders AB, acquired myphotobook GmbH

synopsis: Elanders AB announced that the Company has acquired Myphotobook GmbH, a European e-commerce company specializing in personalized photo products for consumers.
buyer: Elanders AB
Elanders AB operates in two segments. The Infologistics segment offers user information, product catalogues, and documentation that support market communication. The Infoprint segment produces information intensive printed matter for industrial and commercial companies. "
target parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
target: myphotobook GmbH
myphotobook is one of the most modern photo applications on the Internet. myphotobook allows users to design their own photo books, canvases, alu dibonds, photo calendars, posters and order photo prints.
price ($mm)
$14
rev ($mm)
$21
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/16/2012 via BusinessWire

liveBooks, Inc., acquired Pinhole Press

synopsis: liveBooks, Inc. announced the acquisition of on-demand photo companies Pinhole Press and Pinhole Pro. Both Pinhole Press, a lifestyle brand aimed at consumers, and Pinhole Pro, which targets the professional photographer market, provide an unmatched user experience with timeless, elegant e-commerce products.
buyer: liveBooks, Inc.
Founded in 2005, liveBooks, Inc. is a photo-rich content management platform focused on sharing and distributing across the web, mobile and print-on-demand channels. "
target parent: Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
target: Pinhole Press
Pinhole Press is a lifestyle brand delivering high-quality personalized photo products to the home consumer market. Pinhole Pro was later launched in 2011 as the premier destination for similar print-on-demand needs of the professional photographer community.
price ($mm)
$33
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 10/31/2012 via GlobeNewswire

CafePress, acquired EZ Prints Inc.

synopsis: CafePress Inc., The World's Customization Engine™, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of EZ Prints, Inc., a deployable e-commerce software platform.
buyer: CafePress (PRSS:$78.48)
CafePress is the world's biggest destination for self-expression through merchandise. Each month over 11 million shoppers visit CafePress to buy or create custom T-shirts, mugs, posters and other unique gifts that reflect their interests, passions, beliefs and affiliations. "
target: EZ Prints Inc.
EZ Prints' print-on-demand and personalization solutions power some of the world's largest brands, creating revenue streams with their world-class technology, products, design and manufacturing.
price ($mm)
$30
rev ($mm)
$34
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
1.2x
EV / EBITDA
37.7x
closed 2/5/2012 via BNC Analysis

Snap MyLife, Inc., acquired Inkubook

synopsis: Author Solutions, Inc. has sold Inkubook, an online personal photobook publishing service to Snap MyLife, Inc. Inkubook was developed by Author Solutions, Inc., the world's leading provider of self-publishing services and a portfolio company of Bertram Capital.
buyer: Snap MyLife, Inc.
Based in Princeton, NJ, Snap MyLife, Inc. is a fast-growing developer of consumer cloud-service applications for managing content on mobile devices and other internet-enabled consumer electronics. "
target parent: Bertram Capital Management LLC.
target: Inkubook
Inkubook is an easy-to-use online personal photo book publishing service that enables people to make drop-dead gorgeous photo books in minutes. With Inkubook, it's simple to upload photos and then drag-and-drop them onto creative layouts to make a fantastic book.
price ($mm)
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closed 11/1/2011 via BusinessWire

VistaPrint N.V., acquired Albumprinter BV

synopsis: Vistaprint N.V., a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, announced it has completed its acquisition of Albumprinter, a privately held Dutch photo book and photo product company.
buyer: VistaPrint N.V. (CMPR:$2,592.54)
Vistaprint provides more than eleven million micro businesses and consumers annually with affordable, professional options to make an impression. VistaPrint's business model is supported by proprietary technologies, high-volume production facilities, and direct marketing expertise. "
target: Albumprinter BV
Albumprinter is one of the leading European online photo book companies, targeting customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and Norway. It operates the Albelli, Bonusprint and Önskefoto consumer brands.
price ($mm)
$83
rev ($mm)
$51
EBITDA ($mm)
$8
EV / rev
1.8x
EV / EBITDA
10.8x

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