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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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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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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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Banks Outpace Technology Companies with FinTech Patents

Bloomberg reported last week that there has been increasing overlap in patented technologies between the banking industry and traditional technology companies in recent years. Even with the recent uncertainty regarding business methods patents in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision, and with the increasing vulnerability of software and methods patents before the […]

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Future of Sidecar May Lie in its Patent Portfolio

Sidecar announced today that it is licensing its patent assets to General Motors. While Sidecar was founded in 2011, the company’s co-founder Sunil Paul developed and patented ridesharing technology more than a decade earlier. Paul received US 6,356,838 in 2002, based on a patent application he filed in 2000. The ‘838 patent has been widely reported in the media, as […]

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Challenge the Patent and Short the Stock – Does it Really Work?

The Coalition for Affordable Drugs has been the subject of much controversy in recent months. The organization is backed by hedge fund billionaire Kyle Bass and Hayman Capital, who are using inter partes review filings (IPR) to challenge patents of public pharmaceutical companies. The ultimate goal for Bass and Hayman Capital presumably being to profit […]

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Software Patents Are Resilient in the Wake of Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank

With the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l. (decided on June 19, 2014) recently passed, Envision IP and The Patent Box, LLC  have collaborated to analyze the impact of the decision on patent application filings from the technology, financial services, and automotive sectors. In the first […]