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IBM Attracts All Types of Patent Buyers

In our continuing coverage of acquisitions and transfers of IBM patents, Envision IP analyzed recent IBM patent assignments from 2016 through 2017. Our previous analysis included IBM patent transfer through 2015. At that time, notable acquirers of IBM patents included Google, Alibaba, Twitter, and Facebook, with the latter three coming off IPOs in recent years. […]

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Jawbone Patents Could be Leveraged by a Competitor

Jawbone, the wearable device company once valued at $3 billion, has ceased operations and begun liquidation proceedings, according to The Information. The company has been involved in a number of high-profile intellectual property disputes in recent years with Fitbit. Envision IP analyzed the patent portfolio of Jawbone’s parent company AliphCom (also known as Aliph) to […]

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Lyft Receives New Patent while Uber Continues Patent Acquisition Spree

Lyft received its second United States patent this past June, US 9,679,489, entitled “Ride Chaining”. The patent marks the second issuance for Lyft, and the company currently has two issued patents and four published, pending patent applications. The ‘489 patent covers a system and method to efficiently utilize driver capacity, where riders with similar starting and […]

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Uber Acquires Ridesharing Patents from AT&T

In our continued coverage of the ridesharing industry, Envision IP recently analyzed Uber and Lyft’s patent portfolios. Since our last review in December 2015, the company has significantly increased its patent holdings via both acquisitions and organic filings. Uber currently owns 144 US patents, sparked in part by a major acquisition of 66 patents and […]

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Airbnb is Actively Growing its Patent Portfolio

Airbnb, the online service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging closed a $1 billion funding round earlier this month, valuing the company at a staggering $31 billion. Airbnb has grown, in part, due to a number of acquisitions in recent years, notably, Accoleo, CrashPadder, NabeWise, Localmind, and Tilt. Envision IP analyzed Airbnb’s patent […]

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BlackBerry may have a brighter future monetizing patents than as a software developer

BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), the former smartphone and software technology developer run by CEO John Chen, may have a brighter future as patent troll than as a software developer with a portfolio of some 44,000 patents worldwide, many of which have been described by Envision IP as high quality based on reverse citations.   The Waterloo, […]

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Snap Reveals Patent Acquisition Costs in S-1 Filing

Snap’s S-1 filed last week provides further insight into the company’s patent portfolio. The S-1 states “[a]s of December 31, 2016, we had 328 issued patents and approximately 220 filed patent applications in the United States and foreign countries relating to our camera platform and other technologies. Our issued patents will expire between 2017 and […]

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Medical Marijuana Companies are Rushing to File Patents

The growing legalization of medical marijuana across the United States has led to a boom in various companies that support all aspects of the industry. Technological advances in the medical marijuana range from proprietary hybrid strains of cannabis, to clean and efficient growing systems, software-based analytics and monitoring, and packaging and distribution infrastructure. Vice News reported […]

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Acquisition of Pebble Will Include a Narrow Patent Portfolio for Fitbit

TechCrunch reported today that Fitbit will be acquiring Pebble Technology Corporation (Pebble) for approximately $40 million. The deal will provide Fitbit with Pebble’s operating system, platform, and intellectual property. Envision IP analyzed Pebble’s patent portfolio to determine its extent and scope, as well as to determine if any of Pebble’s proprietary technologies would complement or add to […]