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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 […]

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SCOTUS: Higher Bar Required for Broad Patents in Nautilus v. Biosig

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 […]

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Alibaba Acquired Patents from Yahoo for $70 Million

Alibaba filed for its much anticipated IPO on Tuesday.  According to its F-1 filing, the company has 323 issued patents and 837 published patent applications in China, as well as 512 issued patents and 1,762 published applications in “various countries internationally” (Page 170).   The filing does not delineate the specific international jurisdictions outside of […]