Conversant’s story begins in Ottawa in 1975, when engineers Richard Foss and Robert Harland founded MOSAID, a semiconductor technology company. In the early days, we focused on inventing ways to improve Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) semiconductor chips, the primary form of computer memory. Our engineers also designed and built test equipment for debugging prototype memory chips.
By the mid-1990s, we found that our patented memory inventions were being used in mainstream DRAM chips without our consent; as a result, our first patent licensing program was born. Over the years, we successfully licensed virtually the entire commodity DRAM industry to our memory patents—proving the value and importance of these inventions.
We’re proud of our history as inventors, and indeed, we continue to invent, patent and license our own technology. In 2007, we expanded our focus and began to acquire patents and enter partnerships and revenue-sharing arrangements with other patent owners. The following year, we introduced HyperLink NAND (HLNAND™), a breakthrough Flash Memory technology.
In 2013, we became Conversant: a new name for an experienced company with IP expertise, a determination to engage in meaningful negotiation and a commitment to transparency and the principled enforcement of high-quality patents. Today, we are a leading IP management company with world-class licensing teams and an enviable record of success.