Bloomberg reported last week that there has been increasing overlap in patented technologies between the banking industry and traditional technology companies in recent years. Even with the recent uncertainty regarding business methods patents in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision, and with the increasing vulnerability of software and methods patents before the […]
Last week, Yahoo announced that it would pursue a spinoff of its core Internet business, while leaving its Alibaba stock in the old company. Yahoo in recent years has made a push to expand its footprint in the mobile advertising space, in an effort to compete with Google’s monetization platform. The company has also made a […]
Less than a year ago, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. closed a $1.1 billion round of funding, valuing the company at over $45 billion. While Xiaomi is known for its smartphones, the company also has a number of service-oriented business lines, from mobile gaming and entertainment, to electronic payments. Given the immense valuation of the company, […]
The one year anniversary of Alibaba Group’s IPO, the largest in history at $25 billion, recently passed on September 19, 2015. Since its IPO, the company has been vigorously filing patent applications, and has amassed a portfolio of 184 US patents. Last year, in the months leading up to the company’s IPO, Envision IP identified […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]