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, […]
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 […]
ICAP is offering for sale 546 patent assets owned by Xerox and its subsidiaries, including patents owned by PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). The auction, announced earlier this year, had been slated for September. However, ICAP has not provided a public update on the status of the auction.
South Korean handset maker Pantech Co. Ltd. announced last week that the company is being put up for sale. Pantech is the third largest phone manufacturer in Korea, behind giants Samsung and LG. The company has been struggling in recent quarters, and has been dealing with a debt restructuring program.
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 […]
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 […]
With its $7.2 billion handset deal with Microsoft officially closing in April, Envision IP reviewed Nokia’s recent US patent application filings to understand its current R&D focus.
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 […]
In a decision likely to have a significant impact on the validity of broad patents, the United States Supreme Court reversed a Federal Circuit decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. today. The issues at hand in the case were (1) whether the Federal Circuit’s acceptance of ambiguous patent claims with multiple reasonable interpretations – so long […]