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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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Box Prepares for its IPO With a Trove of Pending Patent Applications

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 […]

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Smartphone Manufacturers Racing to Acquire Vehicle Patents

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 […]

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Apple Patent Acquisitions Fueled by Product Development

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 […]

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Smartphone Design Patents: Samsung’s Quantity versus Apple’s Novelty

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 […]

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Samsung Dwarfs Apple in 4G LTE Related US Patents

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 […]