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Case Study: Is New Innovation a Good Investment Opportunity? Patents Tell the Story

This is a really cool story. We’ll let you know that up front because there are some things we can’t tell you. We can’t tell you the names of some of the characters in the story, like the Venture Capital Fund (we’ll just call him VC, okay?) and the Innovator. We can’t tell you the innovation or patent numbers. You may have a hard time getting invested in a story when you don’t know the names of the characters, but we promise the story is still so cool that you’ll be hanging on all the way to the end.

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Patent News: Cool New Patents on the Way

Some cool new patents emerged this month, but the real news seems to be on the legal side, with a new Chief Judge for the PTAB named and more news from the Apple/Qualcomm lawsuits. Let’s take a look.

Patent News: Women’s Accomplishments May Not Be What’s Expected; Apple Moves on with Recognition Technology

Welcome to March, otherwise known as Women’s History Month. As we celebrate what women have done here in America, we’re also taking note of what women are doing in the world of IP. In the meantime, Apple continues to blaze the trail in the simplification of unlocking smart devices.

Lack of Knowledge of Your Company’s IP Could Cost You Millions

Over the course of twenty years, the list of the 10 largest companies has changed drastically due to the value of intangible assets, such as intellectual property.  Where once companies like ExxonMobil, General Electric, and Walmart reigned supreme, we now see companies like Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet (Google) at the top of the charts.  More than 84% of the S&P 500’s market cap is represented by intangible assets. That’s equal to more than $19 trillion.

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Patent News: Technology is Becoming More Flexible; The Government is Not

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Using Patents as a Crystal Ball? Not Exactly…

How many companies in the past probably wished they’d had a crystal ball to tell them what was coming? We’ve already talked about Blockbuster and how they might have weathered the Netflix storm with a little bit of forewarning. What about Kodak? Wouldn’t a session with a psychic have changed the course of history for the film giant?

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Retailers Must Develop IP Intelligence Strategy for Greater Innovation

Retail companies and restaurants have been under fire from non-practicing entities, or NPEs, in recent years—more so than even the largest tech companies. Though the number of NPEs in existence is relatively small, the number of patents they own and can enforce through litigation is large enough to disrupt business for even the most established online and brick-and-mortar retailers. 

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Big Innovations This Month: All New Ways to Control Our Tech—From Cloth to Controllers

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Patents News on Everything From Football to Phones

Hoping to Bring Phone Users Closer to The Game,  Whatever Game They’re Playing

We are now in a generation that must always be connected to technology. Whether we are watching a football game on TV, or just trying to get in to our phone to play Candy Crush, we want to be as involved as we can be—at all times. When we watch sports, we want to be a part of the game. Even on Facebook, we want the world to know who are team is. Innovators are listening and starting to work on patents that bring us all closer to world we are living in—our sports world, our Facebook world, or any world we can find on that little screen.

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Waymo vs. Uber:  How and Why They Settled

Andrew Levandowski isn’t exactly a household name.  In fact, you may be scratching your head right now, wondering, “Who the heck is he?!”  He is, in fact, the key player in the recent high-profile San Francisco court case in which Waymo (parent company:  Alphabet, Inc.) sued Uber for over one billion dollars in damages.  Levandowski co-founded the self-driving technology company Otto in January 2016, which was quickly snatched up by Uber in August 2016. 

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