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Future of Sidecar May Lie in its Patent Portfolio

Sidecar announced today that it is licensing its patent assets to General Motors. While Sidecar was founded in 2011, the company’s co-founder Sunil Paul developed and patented ridesharing technology more than a decade earlier. Paul received US 6,356,838 in 2002, based on a patent application he filed in 2000. The ‘838 patent has been widely reported in the media, as […]

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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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Uber and Sidecar Patent Portfolios Lead the Ridesharing Industry

Last November, AllThingsD reported that ride-sharing and ride-hailing services Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar were close to “cloning each other”, as the companies offered similar services and features via their apps.  Envision IP analyzed the patent portfolios of various players in this space to understand which companies are actively innovating and seeking patent protection, versus companies that may […]