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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, […]

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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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Medical Marijuana Companies are Rushing to File Patents

The growing legalization of medical marijuana across the United States has led to a boom in various companies that support all aspects of the industry. Technological advances in the medical marijuana range from proprietary hybrid strains of cannabis, to clean and efficient growing systems, software-based analytics and monitoring, and packaging and distribution infrastructure. Vice News reported […]

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Acquisition of Pebble Will Include a Narrow Patent Portfolio for Fitbit

TechCrunch reported today that Fitbit will be acquiring Pebble Technology Corporation (Pebble) for approximately $40 million. The deal will provide Fitbit with Pebble’s operating system, platform, and intellectual property. Envision IP analyzed Pebble’s patent portfolio to determine its extent and scope, as well as to determine if any of Pebble’s proprietary technologies would complement or add to […]

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Snapchat Acquired Core Patents Related to Mobile Messaging

Snapchat released its first hardware product earlier this week – wearable video-glasses coined “Spectacles”. The announcement caught many analysts by surprise, as the move shows Snapchat extending offerings beyond its traditional smartphone platform. Envision IP reported this past May that Snapchat had acquired a number of patents from IBM recently. The company currently owns 280 US patents, with 245 having […]

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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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Nintendo Patents Reveal Augmented Reality Innovations that Power Pokémon Go

With the recent headlines made by its Pokémon Go smartphone app, Nintendo’s gaming efforts are being revitalized, and the company is demonstrating a shift from its traditional hardware focus into software.  Envision IP analyzed Nintendo’s patent portfolio to see if and how the company is protecting its augmented- and mixed- reality technologies which power titles such as Pokémon Go. […]

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Twitter Grows its Patent Portfolio via Acquisitions

We last reported on Twitter’s patenting efforts back in 2013, when the company had announced its patent pledge.  At the time, Twitter owned only two issued patents. Since then, the company’s patent portfolio has grown tremendously, thanks mostly in part to Twitter’s acquisition of over 900 patents from IBM in 2014. The IBM patent acquisition was a […]