We last reported on Twitter’s patenting efforts back in 2013, when the company had announced its patent pledge. At the time, Twitter owned only two issued patents. Since then, the company’s patent portfolio has grown tremendously, thanks mostly in part to Twitter’s acquisition of over 900 patents from IBM in 2014. The IBM patent acquisition was a […]
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 […]
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 […]
In April, Nokia announced plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at $16.6 billion. At the same time, the company announced plans to divest its mapping division, which operates under the HERE brand. In recent days, media reports have indicated that Nokia may well hold on to the mapping division, while most recently, Uber […]
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.
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 […]
Yesterday, Facebook announced that it will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in stock for WhatsApp, plus an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units. As reported by USA Today, the deal ranks as the “fourth-largest technology acquisition of the past decade.” Over the last two years, Facebook has amassed a large patent […]
On Monday, Twitter quietly announced that it had filed S-1 documents for an initial public offering with the SEC. As Twitter filed the documents confidentially, it is not clear if Twitter owns or recently acquired any US patent assets besides those listed at the USPTO.
With Facebook’s IPO looming, many investors are asking whether Facebook has protected the technology that has allowed it become the world’s most popular social networking platform.