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Uber Will Acquire Mapping and Mobile Patents from deCarta

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, […]

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Under Armour May Consider Strategic Patent Acquisitions in the Future

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.

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BlackBerry Patents May Be Lucrative to Samsung

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, […]

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Uber Files More Patent Applications, But Still No Issued Patents

This past March, Envision IP analyzed the patent portfolios of major on-demand car service companies.  At that time, there was very little patenting activity among Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and others.  Considering the tremendous growth of this industry, and with Uber’s $40 billion valuation on the heels of a $1.2 billion financing round announced last week, Envision […]

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Facebook is Selectively Acquiring Patents

Facebook made headlines in 2012, not only for its widely anticipated IPO, but also for its large scale patent acquisitions from IBM and Microsoft. Prior to its IPO, Facebook purchased 750 patents from IBM, and another 650 patents (originally owned by AOL) from Microsoft. Envision IP analyzed Facebook’s current US patent portfolio to identify recent […]

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Alcatel-Lucent Faces Patent Expiration Challenges

This past week, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Laura Quatela, former President and co-COO of Kodak, has been appointed as ALU’s Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property.  Given Kodak’s demise, and the sale of what were once considered its most lucrative patent assets for a mere fraction of their estimated intrinsic value, it will be interesting to see […]

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Auto Industry May Ignore Tesla Patents

Earlier this month, Tesla announced that it will let other companies use its patented technologies in a move towards open-source collaboration and development of electric vehicle technology.  The news made headlines as Elon Musk stated on his blog that “other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology […]