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Jawbone Patents Could be Leveraged by a Competitor

Jawbone, the wearable device company once valued at $3 billion, has ceased operations and begun liquidation proceedings, according to The Information. The company has been involved in a number of high-profile intellectual property disputes in recent years with Fitbit. Envision IP analyzed the patent portfolio of Jawbone’s parent company AliphCom (also known as Aliph) to […]

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Apple Should Settle Patent Dispute in China to Ease Access to Chinese Market

Apple Inc. (APPL) might be wise to settle an infringement dispute over a patent covering smartphone design filed by Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services Co., after a Beijing court handed the struggling Chinese startup an injunction against the American giant’s sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China if Apple wants to preserve its […]

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Apple’s Aura of Invincibility Takes a Hit After Patent Settlement with Marathon and RPI

Apple Inc.’s (APPL) aura of invincibility took a hit this week when it agreed to pay $24.5 million to settle an enforcement action filed by Marathon Patent Group (MARA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over patents related to the Siri personal assistant application. The company’s willingness to settle reveals a truism that is often underappreciated today […]

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Banks Outpace Technology Companies with FinTech Patents

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 […]

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Software Patents Are Resilient in the Wake of Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank

With the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l. (decided on June 19, 2014) recently passed, Envision IP and The Patent Box, LLC  have collaborated to analyze the impact of the decision on patent application filings from the technology, financial services, and automotive sectors. In the first […]

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Apple’s Force Touch is Already Patented by BlackBerry

With the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, there is high speculation that the next generation iPhone may include a “Force Touch” feature, similar to the touchpad on Apple’s Macbook devices. Force Touch would provide iPhone users a haptic feedback, adding another dimension to the user experience. Of course, the combination of fully-integrated touch screen mobile […]

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Apple May Acquire Patents for Autonomous Car Technology

The Guardian reported last week that Apple is building a self-driving car. If the report proves true, Apple will join Google in the autonomous vehicle race, and the dream of driver-less cars on our highways may be one step closer to commercialization. Envision IP analyzed Apple’s patents and published patent applications related to vehicle technology to […]

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Apple Patent Acquisitions Provide a Glimpse of Future Innovation

Apple has had a busy 2015 so far in terms of acquisitions, fresh of its widely publicized acquisition of Beats Electronics last year. The company has invested in a variety of different technologies, with recent acquisitions of Semetric (music analytics), FoundationDB (database technologies), LinX (camera technologies), Coherent Navigation (navigation and mapping), and Metaio (augmented reality). […]

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Fitbit and Jawbone Have Very Different Patent Strategies

After Fitbit, Inc.’s successful IPO last week, the company is reportedly focused on increasing its product and services offerings by investing in research and development. Envision IP reviewed the US patent portfolios of Fitbit and Jawbone to understand how the two companies are protecting the innovations stemming from their R&D investments. The result is surprising, […]