*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 […]
Lycos, Inc., the former Internet search and web portal pioneer, announced yesterday that it is seeking a sale of its patent portfolio. The company which sold for $12.5 billion in 2000, most recently was acquired by India-based Ybrant Digital in 2010 for $36 million. Lycos is not a stranger to divesting patents, as the company previously sold […]
Envision IP has been following the patenting activity in the on-demand car service and ridesharing space over the last year, with a specific focus on Uber’s patenting efforts. In our report last December, Uber owned 16 published, pending US patent applications, with no issued patents. Since then, Uber has received a notice of allowance (NOA) on […]
In April, Nokia announced plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at $16.6 billion. At the same time, the company announced plans to divest its mapping division, which operates under the HERE brand. In recent days, media reports have indicated that Nokia may well hold on to the mapping division, while most recently, Uber […]
Envision IP, a boutique law firm focused on patent research that enables better business decisions, has changed the name of its blog from the Envision IP blog to PatentVue. PatentVue will provide the same timely stories that focus on original patent research related to technology deals and product innovations. Recent posts has included: “Alcatel-Lucent Patents […]
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 […]
Envision IP reviewed IBM’s patent assignment data since 1991 to get an idea of which companies have acquired IBM patents, and how those patents have subsequently been utilized by the new owners.
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, […]
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.
The Financial Post reported yesterday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is still pursuing a purchase of BlackBerry Ltd. BlackBerry has flirted with the idea of possibly selling a portion of its patents in recent years; however, an outright sale would be an interesting option for the company. Presumably, Samsung could build on BlackBerry’s extensive patented technologies, […]