April 24th – 25th, 2012, Stratford, Ontario
On April 5, 2012 – Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement with AOL to buy and license more than 900 patents from AOL in a $1.056B deal. The transaction took place at an open auction that included submissions from firms such as Goldman Sachs (not normally a patent buyer) and Facebook.
Montreal, April 2, 2012 – The United States Department of Homeland Security is interested in an application for Genia Photonics’ fiber optic pulse lasers. These lasers permit the non-contact detection of explosive materials from a safe distance.