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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 […]

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Samsung Acquires Connected Car Patents from Harman

Samsung announced today its acquisition of Harman International Industries for approximately $8.0 billion. Harman is a leading manufacturer of audio and visual systems, connected vehicle technologies, enterprise automation, and connected services. The company owns numerous brands, including AKG Acoustics, AMX, Crown Audio, Bang & Olufsen Automotive, Harman/Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and others. Many […]

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Snapchat Acquired Core Patents Related to Mobile Messaging

Snapchat released its first hardware product earlier this week – wearable video-glasses coined “Spectacles”. The announcement caught many analysts by surprise, as the move shows Snapchat extending offerings beyond its traditional smartphone platform. Envision IP reported this past May that Snapchat had acquired a number of patents from IBM recently. The company currently owns 280 US patents, with 245 having […]

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Lyft Receives its First Patent, and Hints at More to Come

Over the last few years, Envision IP has reported on Uber’s patenting efforts, both through its own patent application filings, and acquisitions of patents. Until recently, Uber has dominated the patent landscape in the ride hailing/sharing industry. However, we have begun to see initial patenting activity by Lyft, which until this year, did not own […]

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Nintendo Patents Reveal Augmented Reality Innovations that Power Pokémon Go

With the recent headlines made by its Pokémon Go smartphone app, Nintendo’s gaming efforts are being revitalized, and the company is demonstrating a shift from its traditional hardware focus into software.  Envision IP analyzed Nintendo’s patent portfolio to see if and how the company is protecting its augmented- and mixed- reality technologies which power titles such as Pokémon Go. […]

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Apple Should Settle Patent Dispute in China to Ease Access to Chinese Market

Apple Inc. (APPL) might be wise to settle an infringement dispute over a patent covering smartphone design filed by Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co., after a Beijing court handed the struggling Chinese startup an injunction against the American giant’s sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China if Apple wants to preserve its […]

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Twitter Grows its Patent Portfolio via Acquisitions

We last reported on Twitter’s patenting efforts back in 2013, when the company had announced its patent pledge.  At the time, Twitter owned only two issued patents. Since then, the company’s patent portfolio has grown tremendously, thanks mostly in part to Twitter’s acquisition of over 900 patents from IBM in 2014. The IBM patent acquisition was a […]

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Apple’s Aura of Invincibility Takes a Hit After Patent Settlement with Marathon and RPI

Apple Inc.’s (APPL) aura of invincibility took a hit this week when it agreed to pay $24.5 million to settle an enforcement action filed by Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over patents related to the Siri personal assistant application. The company’s willingness to settle reveals a truism that is often underappreciated today […]

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Yahoo Has a Strong Patent Portfolio, But Reported Valuation is Too High

The New York Post reported this week that Yahoo’s patent portfolio could be worth up to $4 billion, as the company is currently seeking bidders in an auction for its core businesses. While the company has not explicitly discussed a separate patent sale, the value of the patent portfolio is likely to be a key factor […]

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Investors Pursuing Trading Strategy Around Biologics Patent Disputes

Patent investors looking for risk uncorrelated to the equity markets may want to consider a new trading strategy focused on disputes over biologic and biosimilar patents developed by the partners of a high-end boutique IP law firm, its investment consulting affiliate and an affiliated hedge fund. Gaston Kroub, Zachary Silbersher and Sergey Kolmykov are former […]