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.
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 […]
Reports surfaced last week that Apple is reportedly in talks for a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. Beats is known for its headphones and speakers, as well as its online music service. When Beats was founded in 2008, it initially had a manufacturing partnership with Monster Cable Products, Inc. The partnership terminated in 2012, at […]
Box, Inc.’s S-1 filing for its IPO was released last week. Envision IP reviewed the filing to understand how Box has protected its technology, and how its patent portfolio compares against its peers. Box states in its S-1 that “[a]s of January 31, 2014, we had four issued U.S. patents….and we had 80 pending patent applications […]
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Apple and Google are forging ties with automakers to develop various vehicle technologies such as infotainment platforms and autonomous driving systems. Envision IP analyzed the US patent holdings of Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia, Apple, and BlackBerry to understand which of these companies may be leading innovators […]
With the current uncertainty surrounding the future of BlackBerry and its patent portfolio, Envision IP analyzed the US patent application filing statistics of BlackBerry to understand if the company has continued to innovate and invest resources to R&D efforts in recent years.
For decades, the patent arms race has been based primarily on internal R&D efforts and companies filing patent applications on technologies they developed in-house. However, in recent years, the increasingly litigious atmosphere in the mobile device and wireless space has forced many organizations to proactively acquire patent assets to strategically shore up their own patent […]
Earlier this week, AllThingsD reported that Apple’s patent litigation settlement with HTC was made publicly available, albeit heavily redacted. According to the document, nine of HTC’s US patents are excluded from the settlement, allowing HTC to maintain enforcement rights on these patents.
This past August, Samsung lost a $1 billion jury verdict against Apple in a case that involved Apple’s patents related to the design of its iPhone and rounded square corners on icons. As smartphone patent litigation enters into the arena of designs related to device hardware, interfaces, and ergonomics, Envision IP analyzed the US design […]
On Tuesday, The Korea Times reported that “Samsung Electronics will sue Apple over its release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents, according to industry sources.” In light of the recent US federal court decision holding Samsung liable for infringing a number of Apple patents related to […]