patents

  • Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

    Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously reported, Skillz enables developers to turn mobile games into tournament-playable titles without writing a ton of new code. Its technology operates as a… Read More

  • Knotch has patented its color-based feedback system

    Knotch has patented its color-based feedback system

    Knotch promises marketers a better way to collect user feedback about the effectiveness of their sponsored content. Now it’s announcing that it has received a design patent for its approach. Basically, when a sponsored article uses Knotch, a survey question pops up at the end, which is supposed to help advertisers assess your state of mind after reading the article. The big difference… Read More

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • Intellectual property strategies for startups Crunch Network

    Intellectual property strategies for startups

    Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Read More

  • Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents Crunch Network

    Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

    As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statistics, and it is expected that significant numbers of new applications connected to these themes have been filed in that period. The numbers we are seeing likely represent the tip of the iceberg. Read More

  • Why startups need a defensive IP strategy Crunch Network

    Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

    One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. What they often don’t realize, though, is that in the midst of brutal competition, the path to scale and success is often lined with unexpected co-travelers and events. Read More

  • A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy Crunch Network

    A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

    In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of mass consumption and distribution, but the majority of consumers still purchased physical media. And while the record industry was aware of piracy online, the threat seemed minimal. Then came Napster. Read More

  • Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you’re never going to make it in time. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? You land on a streetlight that’s been converted into a drone charger! Thank goodness Amazon patented those. Read More

  • The changing trade secret and patent equilibrium Crunch Network

    The changing trade secret and patent equilibrium

    It is no secret that trade secrets are essential to the success of many businesses. Nearly all of us are aware of examples of highly treasured trade secrets, such as the recipe for Coca-Cola, the formula for WD-40 and the methodology for creating the nooks and crannies in Thomas’ English Muffins. Less-known is the growing importance of trade secrets and the role they play in our… Read More

  • As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms Crunch Network

    As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms

    Bill Gates recently penned an open letter to the 2016 presidential candidates, imploring them to support something he hopes “every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capacity for innovation.” Politics aside, it’s hard to argue with his call to action. Read More

  • Why patent trolls won’t give up Crunch Network

    Why patent trolls won’t give up

    In Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” Luckily for me, this didn’t apply to the patent world. I spent seven years on the “dark side” working for patent trolls before coming back to the light. Patent trolls are companies that derive all or almost all of their revenue… Read More

  • Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

    Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

    Xiaomi is moving closer to launching its smartphones in the U.S. market. Today the Chinese company announced a partnership with Microsoft that includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement and the pre-installation of Skype and Microsoft Office products on Xiaomi devices. Read More

  • Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself Crunch Network

    Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

    What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

  • Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on Crunch Network

    Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

    As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights covering a technology, product or design element. In practice, it’s much uglier, and by no means did the Founding Fathers intend for patents to be utilized toward incremental monopolization ploys. Read More

  • Faraday Future gets its first patent

    Faraday Future gets its first patent

    Faraday Future has its first U.S. patent in hand for a smaller, more powerful inverter. So it’s definitely not as sexy as the Batmobile-like concept car the company brought to its splashy debut at CES 2016, but it is arguably more useful. Read More

  • How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls Crunch Network

    How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

    Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

  • What Are My Patents Worth? Crunch Network

    What Are My Patents Worth?

    We enter 2016 with some mixed signals regarding the value of patents for technology companies. Many are preaching a death of patent rights and are questioning whether to invest in patents. Will patents continue to be a worthwhile corporate investment? Is the recent trend a bubble of devaluation that will pop? We’ve identified some IP (intellectual property) trends that are important… Read More

  • Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    A day after the news broke that General Motors was picking up assets from failed Uber competitor Sidecar, today the startup’s CEO finally confirmed the details directly in a blog post and provided a few more details about the deal. A “key component to the transaction,” writes CEO Sunil Paul, was Sidecar’s patents, for which GM has taken a license, but… Read More

  • Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    The war continues apace in the world of wearable fitness trackers. Jawbone — which makes fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets — has filed a counterclaim against Fitbit in a patent infringement case brought by the latter company against its rival in September. In the countersuit — embedded below along with Fitbit’s patent suit — Jawbone denies… Read More

  • Apple Wins Again In Ongoing Patent Litigation With Samsung

    Apple Wins Again In Ongoing Patent Litigation With Samsung

    A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled Samsung should have been barred from retailing products that infringe on Apple’s patents. Apple had been denied an injunction against Samsung by a lower court in May 2014. A jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $120 million for violating patents for the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and data detection features. Read More

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