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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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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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Uber Acquires Ridesharing Patents from AT&T

In our continued coverage of the ridesharing industry, Envision IP recently analyzed Uber and Lyft’s patent portfolios. Since our last review in December 2015, the company has significantly increased its patent holdings via both acquisitions and organic filings. Uber currently owns 144 US patents, sparked in part by a major acquisition of 66 patents and […]

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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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BlackBerry may have a brighter future monetizing patents than as a software developer

BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), the former smartphone and software technology developer run by CEO John Chen, may have a brighter future as patent troll than as a software developer with a portfolio of some 44,000 patents worldwide, many of which have been described by Envision IP as high quality based on reverse citations.   The Waterloo, […]