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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, […]

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Patents Shows Widespread Augmented Reality Innovation

*This story has been updated since our original posting on May 26, 2015 to reflect accurate US patent holdings of Metaio GmbH and Osterhout Design Group. With the annual software developer conference Google I/O approaching next week, many in the wearable industry are wondering what place Glass will have on the agenda, and to what extent Google will […]

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Uber Files More Patent Applications, But Still No Issued Patents

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 […]

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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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Patent Settlement with HTC Is a Win For Nokia

Nokia announced today that it has settled all pending patent litigation with HTC, and the two companies have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement where “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.”  The full terms of the agreement are confidential.

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Google Will Acquire An Impressive Patent Portfolio From Nest Labs

On Monday, Google announced that it will be acquiring Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.  In just a few short years since its founding in 2010, Nest has done an excellent job in obtaining patents related to its self-learning thermostat, smoke alarm, and home automation technology. Envision IP identified 38 US patents and […]

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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 […]