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Samsung Acquires Connected Car Patents from Harman

Samsung announced today its acquisition of Harman International Industries for approximately $8.0 billion. Harman is a leading manufacturer of audio and visual systems, connected vehicle technologies, enterprise automation, and connected services. The company owns numerous brands, including AKG Acoustics, AMX, Crown Audio, Bang & Olufsen Automotive, Harman/Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and others. Many […]

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Microsoft Has a Diverse Software Focused Patent Portfolio

Earlier this month, Microsoft and Google announced a settlement to end nearly 20 patent-related lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany. The deal brought to close years of patent litigation surrounding various technologies, including gaming systems, mobile devices, and multimedia streaming. Envision IP analyzed Microsoft’s US patent portfolio to understand where the company has focused its […]

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Intellectual Ventures Patent Portfolio Built By Industry Leading Companies

The future of the non-practicing entity business model as it currently exists is uncertain. With many headwinds facing NPEs, including AIA provisions for IPR and CBM invalidity proceedings, state and proposed federal legislation aimed at aggressive NPE tactics, and the limited scope and viability of business methods patents after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice […]

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Alcatel-Lucent Patents May Bolster Nokia’s Patent Portfolio

On Tuesday, Nokia announced an all-stock deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent that valued the French company at around $16.6 billion.   While the purchase price was a significant premium over Alcatel-Lucent’s share price, it is not clear if Nokia paid a premium to acquire Alcatel-Lucent’s patent portfolio. Based on a high level analysis using Alcatel-Lucent’s most recent […]

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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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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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Nokia is Well Positioned to Acquire and Monetize BlackBerry Patents

Fresh from its recent deal with Microsoft, Nokia may be well poised to acquire BlackBerry’s patent portfolio in whole or part, if the patents are made available for sale.  Nokia sold its Devices & Service business to Microsoft for EUR 3.79 billion, and licensed its utility patents for another EUR 1.65 billion, for a total […]