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Xiaomi Diligently Filing US Patent Applications

Less than a year ago, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. closed a $1.1 billion round of funding, valuing the company at over $45 billion. While Xiaomi is known for its smartphones, the company also has a number of service-oriented business lines, from mobile gaming and entertainment, to electronic payments.  Given the immense valuation of the company, […]

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Microsoft Has a Diverse Software Focused Patent Portfolio

Earlier this month, Microsoft and Google announced a settlement to end nearly 20 patent-related lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany. The deal brought to close years of patent litigation surrounding various technologies, including gaming systems, mobile devices, and multimedia streaming. Envision IP analyzed Microsoft’s US patent portfolio to understand where the company has focused its […]

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Apple’s Force Touch is Already Patented by BlackBerry

With the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, there is high speculation that the next generation iPhone may include a “Force Touch” feature, similar to the touchpad on Apple’s Macbook devices. Force Touch would provide iPhone users a haptic feedback, adding another dimension to the user experience. Of course, the combination of fully-integrated touch screen mobile […]

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Apple May Acquire Patents for Autonomous Car Technology

The Guardian reported last week that Apple is building a self-driving car. If the report proves true, Apple will join Google in the autonomous vehicle race, and the dream of driver-less cars on our highways may be one step closer to commercialization. Envision IP analyzed Apple’s patents and published patent applications related to vehicle technology to […]

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Apple Patent Acquisitions Provide a Glimpse of Future Innovation

Apple has had a busy 2015 so far in terms of acquisitions, fresh of its widely publicized acquisition of Beats Electronics last year. The company has invested in a variety of different technologies, with recent acquisitions of Semetric (music analytics), FoundationDB (database technologies), LinX (camera technologies), Coherent Navigation (navigation and mapping), and Metaio (augmented reality). […]

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Patents Shows Widespread Augmented Reality Innovation

*This story has been updated since our original posting on May 26, 2015 to reflect accurate US patent holdings of Metaio GmbH and Osterhout Design Group. With the annual software developer conference Google I/O approaching next week, many in the wearable industry are wondering what place Glass will have on the agenda, and to what extent Google will […]

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PatentVue is New Name of the Envision IP Blog

Envision IP, a boutique law firm focused on patent research that enables better business decisions, has changed the name of its blog from the Envision IP blog to PatentVue. PatentVue will provide the same timely stories that focus on original patent research related to technology deals and product innovations. Recent posts has included: “Alcatel-Lucent Patents […]

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BlackBerry Patents May Be Lucrative to Samsung

The Financial Post reported yesterday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is still pursuing a purchase of BlackBerry Ltd.  BlackBerry has flirted with the idea of possibly selling a portion of its patents in recent years; however, an outright sale would be an interesting option for the company. Presumably, Samsung could build on BlackBerry’s extensive patented technologies, […]