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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
*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 […]
The Financial Post reported yesterday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is still pursuing a purchase of BlackBerry Ltd. BlackBerry has flirted with the idea of possibly selling a portion of its patents in recent years; however, an outright sale would be an interesting option for the company. Presumably, Samsung could build on BlackBerry’s extensive patented technologies, […]
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.
South Korean handset maker Pantech Co. Ltd. announced last week that the company is being put up for sale. Pantech is the third largest phone manufacturer in Korea, behind giants Samsung and LG. The company has been struggling in recent quarters, and has been dealing with a debt restructuring program.
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.
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 […]
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 […]