Renewable Energy Patents Are Down – Which Foreshadows Shifts in Investment. But Why?

Renewable energy had its biggest year worldwide in patents and publications in 2012, but the number of inventions in green energy have plummeted and only recently started to slowly rise in the past year or two. The number of PCT patents in…

Facebook Wants Brain Control – Receipts Go Back To 2019

Controlling technology by measuring and interpreting biosignals has the ability to revolutionize how humans interact with the world. In a way, this interaction gives humans a 6th sense, in which they can control machines and virtual…

The Future of Brain-Machine Interfaces – Emotiv and Interaxon

Mind reading may seem like a concept only of science fiction, but with emerging products and innovations in the brain-machine interface sector, fiction is quickly turning into reality. Emotiv is a major leader in this shift with a strong…

IBM Branches Out, Microsoft Shudders

IBM has its eyes on a topological quantum computer and Microsoft must be worried. Like virtually every company with investment in quantum computing, IBM has previously only been committed to a single qubit type, with investment only in…

Finally An Ice Pack That Is Good For The Environment. But is 1 patent enough?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an uptick in online ordering and deliveries, which resulted in an increase in ice packs usage. This is a concern for the environment because the material in gel ice packs can lower the incineration…

There’s A Patent Gap In AI Dermatology And Google May Be In Trouble

In May 2021, Google announced an artificial intelligence dermatology tool designed to help users understand issues with their skin, hair, and nails from the comfort of their own homes. The tool requires a user to take a picture of their…

Lockheed Martin + 3 Billionaires Bet on Electrolyte Materials.

In the race to commercialize flow battery technology, Lockheed Martin has differentiated itself from its competitors with the electrolyte material in its GridStar Flow battery. Other players in the flow battery space, like Ess Tech, ViZn,…

Seqirus is Ditching Eggs to Make More Effective Flu Vaccines

Seqirus is trying to right the ship when it comes to influenza vaccine misfires by isolating a problem in development: the use of eggs. Seqirus is already one of the world’s leading producers of influenza vaccines, but one of its latest…

Kryo Expands Patent Portfolio

Half a year after merging with Ebb Therapeutics and raising $37M in funding, Kryo is further expanding its assets with five newly issued patents between April and May of 2021. The company is growing its portfolio by expanding into stress…

Where Are SpaceX’s Patents? Its Trade Secrets Strategy Is Fraught With Peril

While the SpaceX homepage bombards visitors with flight tests, rocket launches, and returning astronaut crews, SpaceX’s patent assets don’t reflect these spacecraft advancements. Instead, its patents and applications all concern…

Honda is a Trendsetter for…Samsung?

As the saying goes, slow patent activity makes for strange bedfellows. Or at least that should be the saying. While Samsung is not partnering with Honda, it is following Honda’s idea of partnering with companies that have existing…

Chia Network Plants a Patent Seed. We’re Waiting for Portfolio Growth.

Chia Network has raised $61M in Series D funding and is considering an IPO this year. The cryptocurrency startup, which has its own Chia Coin, claims to be more environmentally friendly than other coins because of its consensus method,…

Who Wins in the Smart Basketball Rivalry? (Hint: Count The Patents)

Anytime new tech is announced, it is always followed by a flood of companies trying to capitalize on the associated market. With the introduction of “smart basketballs,” three companies have made themselves known as both leaders in the…

The Undisputed Leader in Membraneless Flow Battery Technology: Phillips 66?

You’ve probably filled up your tank at a Phillips 66 station, so it may come as a surprise that the gas giant is focusing the future of its business on renewable energy storage solutions like flow batteries. Redox flow batteries offer a…

Battery Cells – The New Frontier for Electric Vehicles

In September 2020, Elon Musk presented a host of technological innovations at Tesla’s Battery Day. Perhaps one of the most promising announcements was about the tabless battery cell, which Tesla filed a patent application for in November…

Pirelli Builds Incredible Tire Sensor, Gets 2 Patents, Giving McLaren Confidence To Sign On

In April of 2020, a patent asset was published for Pirelli for a Tyre Sensor Device with Flexible Printed Circuit Board. This allows the sensor to comfortably fit within the tire. In November of 2020, a patent application was published for…

Patents Saves Rear End of Fuma International in Infringement Lawsuit

On Monday May 24, 2021, a North Carolina federal court ruled that RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company’s popular e-cigarettes Vuse Solo and Vuse Ciro infringe Fuma International’s patent assets. Fuma claims RJR copied its e-cigarette designs after…

Pentagon says UAP videos are real – here’s how to spot more of them

The DoD has confirmed that videos and still images of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) released in April 2020 are real. The videos can be found here:  https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents (FLIR.mp4, GOFAST.wmv, GIMBAL.wmv). Can…

Angular Velocity Angling for the US Market

Angular Velocity is new to the US patent space, but not to patents nor the sports analytics market. The company provides a unique API to see athletes’ performance data and provides data to TV broadcasters. Angular Velocity specializes in…

Samsung and Google Partner on Wearables, keep eye on Apple

Samsung and Google announced in May 2021 that they are partnering to develop one unified wearable software platform based on Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen. The new OS will be used for Samsung’s future Galaxy smartwatches, as well as…

Ernst & Young Pulls Ahead of the Big Four in Cryptocurrency Investment

In May of 2021, accounting firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) announced that it is investing $100M into decentralized finance (DeFi) and distributed ledger products for enterprise. The firm already offers smart contract protocols and…

Cove Signs Exclusive Deal with RWDC. Bacardi and Nestle Should Pay Attention

Polyhydroxy alkanoates (PHA) are the go-to material for future packaging.  Almost a year and a half after Patent Forecast®  recognized the Nestle and Danimer Scientific partnership in January of 2019, Nestle still lacks a product and…

Big Tech has Already Shown Interest in Quantum AI, the US Government is Next

What’s a sure sign that Quantum AI is a serious area of development? Major government contractors are investing. Patent Forecast® already highlighted Google and Microsoft’s efforts to accelerate artificial intelligence development using…

Cannabis Popularity Soars Along With Tests To Detect It

The Duquenois Levine Test is used in the field by law enforcement officers to test for THC presence in a suspected sample. The problem with this test is that it is simply a color change test for THC which can be triggered by trace amounts…

Dell Lags in Edge Computing – Partnership Might be an Option.

Dell is often touted as one of the leaders in the edge computing industry, and even recently discussed how edge computing was a major component in its future plans as a company with the release of their Streaming Data Platform. However, it…

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