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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 […]

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Apple’s Force Touch is Already Patented by BlackBerry

With the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, there is high speculation that the next generation iPhone may include a “Force Touch” feature, similar to the touchpad on Apple’s Macbook devices. Force Touch would provide iPhone users a haptic feedback, adding another dimension to the user experience. Of course, the combination of fully-integrated touch screen mobile […]

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Apple May Acquire Patents for Autonomous Car Technology

The Guardian reported last week that Apple is building a self-driving car. If the report proves true, Apple will join Google in the autonomous vehicle race, and the dream of driver-less cars on our highways may be one step closer to commercialization. Envision IP analyzed Apple’s patents and published patent applications related to vehicle technology to […]

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Intellectual Ventures Patent Portfolio Built By Industry Leading Companies

The future of the non-practicing entity business model as it currently exists is uncertain. With many headwinds facing NPEs, including AIA provisions for IPR and CBM invalidity proceedings, state and proposed federal legislation aimed at aggressive NPE tactics, and the limited scope and viability of business methods patents after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice […]

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Apple Patent Acquisitions Provide a Glimpse of Future Innovation

Apple has had a busy 2015 so far in terms of acquisitions, fresh of its widely publicized acquisition of Beats Electronics last year. The company has invested in a variety of different technologies, with recent acquisitions of Semetric (music analytics), FoundationDB (database technologies), LinX (camera technologies), Coherent Navigation (navigation and mapping), and Metaio (augmented reality). […]

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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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Patents Shows Widespread Augmented Reality Innovation

*This story has been updated since our original posting on May 26, 2015 to reflect accurate US patent holdings of Metaio GmbH and Osterhout Design Group. With the annual software developer conference Google I/O approaching next week, many in the wearable industry are wondering what place Glass will have on the agenda, and to what extent Google will […]