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Apple’s Aura of Invincibility Takes a Hit After Patent Settlement with Marathon and RPI

Apple Inc.’s (APPL) aura of invincibility took a hit this week when it agreed to pay $24.5 million to settle an enforcement action filed by Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over patents related to the Siri personal assistant application. The company’s willingness to settle reveals a truism that is often underappreciated today […]

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Investors Pursuing Trading Strategy Around Biologics Patent Disputes

Patent investors looking for risk uncorrelated to the equity markets may want to consider a new trading strategy focused on disputes over biologic and biosimilar patents developed by the partners of a high-end boutique IP law firm, its investment consulting affiliate and an affiliated hedge fund. Gaston Kroub, Zachary Silbersher and Sergey Kolmykov are former […]

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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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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 […]