BlackBerry paid $106 million for Certicom back in 2009 in an interesting bid to expand BlackBerry’s encryption security. BlackBerry has 130 encryption patents that include a near monopoly on elliptic curve cryptography. This encryption method is not as commonly used as the RSA and Diffie-Hellman but mathameticians claim those older methods may be rendered useless in less than 5 years. Currently only BlackBerry and the government use the elliptic curve cryptography, which is considered much more secure, due to the expensive license that BlackBerry demands for the standard.
Technology Review claims that this might actually end up being one of the more valuable BlackBerry assets and one that could possibly be sold off separately while allowing BlackBerry to keep a license. Currently only a few companies have licenses to this advanced technology so the right company, or maybe even BlackBerry, could extract a good amount of value from licensing them.