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Fitbit and Jawbone Have Very Different Patent Strategies

After Fitbit, Inc.’s successful IPO last week, the company is reportedly focused on increasing its product and services offerings by investing in research and development. Envision IP reviewed the US patent portfolios of Fitbit and Jawbone to understand how the two companies are protecting the innovations stemming from their R&D investments. The result is surprising, […]

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Financial Services Patents Discussed at IPBC 2015

The topic of financial services patents was a focus of discussion during a panel moderated by Bruce Berman of Brody Berman Associates during this year’s IP Business Congress in San Francisco. The panelists included Michael Chernoff of MDB Capital Group, Andrew Ramer from Cantor Fitzgerald, and Sean Reilly of The Clearing House Payments Company.  Each panelist […]

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Stock Performance of Publicly Traded Patent Holding Companies from 2014-2015

For the last two years, Envision IP has published annual stock performance analysis of publicly traded patent holding companies (also known as Non-Practicing Entities, or NPEs).  Our first analysis included data from 2008 to 2012, and it showed impressive gains by many NPEs, with the majority of companies that we reviewed beating the S&P 500 by […]

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Alcatel-Lucent Patents May Bolster Nokia’s Patent Portfolio

On Tuesday, Nokia announced an all-stock deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent that valued the French company at around $16.6 billion.   While the purchase price was a significant premium over Alcatel-Lucent’s share price, it is not clear if Nokia paid a premium to acquire Alcatel-Lucent’s patent portfolio. Based on a high level analysis using Alcatel-Lucent’s most recent […]

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Uber Will Acquire Mapping and Mobile Patents from deCarta

Uber announced that is will be acquiring mapping technology company deCarta.  According to TechCruch, deCarta “provides a range of location and map services, including in-map search, location APIs, turn-by-turn navigation and more.”  The location based services (LBS) space related to mobile and mapping integration is heavily crowded in terms of patents. Companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Sony, […]

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Under Armour May Consider Strategic Patent Acquisitions in the Future

Under Armour Incorporated announced yesterday its acquisition of mobile fitness applications Myfitnesspal and Endomondo.   These acquisitions follow Under Armour’s purchase of MapMyFitness in 2013. With the increasing popularity of wearable devices and mobile fitness and nutrition-related applications, it appears that Under Armour will be expanding its offerings in this space.

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Uber Files More Patent Applications, But Still No Issued Patents

This past March, Envision IP analyzed the patent portfolios of major on-demand car service companies.  At that time, there was very little patenting activity among Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and others.  Considering the tremendous growth of this industry, and with Uber’s $40 billion valuation on the heels of a $1.2 billion financing round announced last week, Envision […]