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Huawei Has a Massive Patent Portfolio, But Appears to Lack True Innovation

Today’s news of the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, reignites the accusations of Chinese companies blatantly stealing intellectual property of US-based entities.  In 2012, Envision IP analyzed Huawei’s US patent portfolio, and concluded that the company’s patent portfolio, at that time, seemed to lack innovation compared to similarly patented technology owned by […]

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Facebook’s Patent Portfolio Swells, While Pinterest Has Relatively No Patents

Just a few short years ago, social media companies were frantically acquiring, and filing-for, patents as they geared up for their IPOs. The spotlight on social media and networking companies has diminished a bit recently with the emergence of new sectors and technologies that have caught the media’s attention, such as for example, cryptocurrencies, medicinal […]

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Facebook Patents Reveal Focus on Privacy and Security

Earlier this week, Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before House and Senate committees after reports that the political research firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to 87 million Facebook users’ data during the 2016 U.S. elections. During the hearings, Zuckerberg emphasized Facebook’s past and future commitment to user privacy, stating: “I’ve directed our teams to invest […]

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BlackBerry May Extend Patent Enforcement After Facebook Lawsuit

Earlier this week, BlackBerry filed a patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp over a number of patents it owns. There has been much speculation in recent years surrounding BlackBerry’s patent monetization strategy, and questions lingered around whether the company would start to aggressively assert its patent portfolio to drive revenue. In a report […]

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Blockchain Patent Filings Dominated by Financial Services Industry

With the recent surge in cryptocurrencies, as well as companies in the blockchain ecosystem, Envision IP analyzed the US patent landscape of the industry. We reviewed patenting activity for all aspects of the blockchain industry – digital currency standards, digital currency exchanges, blockchain algorithms and infrastructure, blockchain front- and back-end applications, and blockchain-related enterprise technology. […]

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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 […]