aMDi Labs Wants To Detect Pathogens On The Go, But Is It Worth the Investment?

Even as the pandemic era winds to a close, patents directed to COVID-19 related solutions are likely going to continue to publish and issue for months and years in the future. Autonomous Medical Devices, doing business as aMDi Labs, is…

EnerAllies Demands Change with New Patent − Demand Response Programs are Due for an Update

As energy supply and demand remains an issue, companies such as Honeywell, Johnson Controls, EnergyHub and others are continuing to roll out patents for consumer energy devices like smart meters and programmable thermostats; however, the…

NicoVentures – First Cannabis, Now Biodegradable Packaging!

Just last week (June 17, 2021), Patent Forecast® highlighted Nicoventures Trading Limited and its 29 published patent applications for oral tobacco alternatives comprising nicotine and cannabinoids. Now they also have a patent application…

Track160 Secured the Funding but Is Falling Short on Exclusivity

With machine learning and AI being all of the craze now, it’s no surprise people from around the globe are finding implementations in sports. One of the more popular applications in sports, right now, is using machine learning to track…

Largo Has Big Goals, But Its Patent Shortfall Might Hold Them Back

Largo Clean Energy, a spinout of vanadium-supplier Largo, announced in June 2021 that it plans to capture at least 3% of the long-duration energy storage battery market by 2025. Largo Clean Energy was recently created in December 2020 to…

Canopy Growth Buys Supreme to Grow Flower Operations But What About Patents?

Canopy Growth along with its competitors like Aurora Cannabis have a history of buying rather than building to scale up operations and product productions. At first, cannabis companies were having trouble reaching demands, but with all of…

Is Philips Still Interested in Improving Sleep? Patents Say Yes.

Philips has consistently been one of the most active companies in Consumer Sleep patenting, second only to Fitbit in the past 10 years. However, Philips is not so well-known when it comes to products for tracking and improving sleep. Its…

PayPal and Visa Invested in Crypto Patents First. Let’s See What They’re Up to Now.

PayPal and Visa are two financial services companies that have been active in Cryptocurrency patenting since 2012. Their patent activity has preceded business decisions, including Visa’s Fast Track program that supports integrating…

Google Restructures Its Health Division – Patent Data Will Predict The Next Steps

As Google restructures its health unit, patent activity will be key to predicting its future endeavors. This was previously shown when Patent Forecast® predicted Google’s acquisition of Fitbit in 2019. This $2.1B acquisition was closed as…

Bridgestone Patents Land Kodiak Robotics A Spot in the Autonomous Truck Race

In June of 2021, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone Tire Corporation) signed on to be an investor for Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak is a Silicon Valley developer of technology for autonomous trucks. Not only did Bridgestone agree to invest in the…

Should Microsoft Let The Limelight Shine On Game Pass?

Microsoft uses edge computing for multiple purposes, but recently one area of strong investment has been through its gaming division. Microsoft’s game streaming platform, Game Pass, has been heavily invested in over the past year to offer…

Who’s Investing In Digital Twinning? Pretty Much Everybody And Their NPE

Digital twinning, a real-time simulation that relies on IoT for data, is maturing as the next mega-industry.  Digital twinning is another child of “Big Data” because it is enabled by the massive amounts of realtime data that IoT can…

2021 is Causam Enterprises’ Year of EV Charging Patents

Causam Enterprises, a Raleigh-based grid services company, has entered into a new space in 2021: electric vehicle (EV) charging. In January 2021, the company was issued a patent claiming a System and Methods for Electric Vehicle Charging…

The University Of Arizona Patents New Type Of Qubit, But the Department of Energy Isn’t Buying It

Is the University of Arizona planning on licensing its phonon qubit quantum technology or is it just going to gather dust? Quantum Computing is a sector that sees large amounts of patent activity, but the types of qubits used tend to be…

Inline Packaging Brings Peace of Mind to Microwave Chefs

Microwavable food such as Hot Pockets typically require packaging designed to induce heat. Generally, this packaging is nonbiodegradable and each individual food item has its own packaging, so there is a need for biodegradable microwavable…

Communications Gets Left Behind As Edge Computing Gains Momentum

Edge computing has been booming lately, propelled by advancements in chip technology, the adoption of 5G, and COVID-19. This expansion seems to be leaving behind the communications category of edge computing, leaving room for a company to…

Oura Leads Smart Ring Market. Fitbit Wants In.

Oura is the leading company when it comes to smart rings for consumer health. It raised $100M in early May of 2021 and has partnerships with numerous professional sports leagues. The ring has always been a product differentiator from…

Galaxy Digital Acquires BitGo, First Two Patent Assets, for $1.2B

Galaxy Digital is a cryptocurrency financial services company specializing in investments and the “institutionalization” of blockchain. The company has ventured into offering its own products and platforms, with a securities trading desk…

Big Tobacco’s Interest in Big Cannabis Heats Up With 29 New Patent Filings

Seeing a company apply for multiple patent assets shows a determination to lead in that space. After all, patent investment always leads market activity and is a great indicator for future M&A activity. British American Tobacco’s (BAT)…

If Sunscreen Can Let MLB Pitchers Cheat, Technology Should Catch It

If you’ve been following baseball recently then there’s no doubt that you’ve heard about spin rate. Players are calling out other players (Bauer vs. Cole), Tyler Glasnow’s UCL is tearing (at least partially), and bans are being placed all…

Global Thermostat And Cleartrace Competing To Tokenize Cap And Trade. Patents Will Decide The Winner.

In late May 2021, Patent Forecast® noted that ClearTrace and the Universal Protocol Alliance were attempting to modernize Cap and Trade markets using tokenization. Now we know that they aren’t the only ones. In early June 2021, a patent…

How Cognoa’s Use Of AI Is Transforming Diagnostic Procedure For Children

Cognoa is a pediatric behavioral health company developing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with behavioral health conditions. The company announced June 2nd, 2021 that the FDA granted its De Novo classification…

Dutch Oil-Battery Partnership Leads the Way for More Major Oil Investments in Flow Battery Storage

Royal Vopak N.V., a Dutch company and world leader in oil and chemical storage, is turning a new leaf to focus on renewable energy. In April 2021, Royal Vopak announced that it would be partnering with Elestor, a Dutch battery startup, on…

Velodyne Produces Cheaper Sensor, Luminar Should Check Its Blind Spot

It is not news that LiDAR sensors are beyond expensive… until recently. Velodyne Lidar is the leading manufacturer of LiDAR sensors and has developed a sensor that is one-hundredth the price of its typical sensors. This gives smaller…

Ocado Picks Kindred for Patent Portfolio

British robotics manufacturer Ocado focuses its efforts on developing robots and cobots for retail use, with numerous automated warehouses in the UK and partnerships with grocery chains including Kroger and Sobeys. Ocado's cobots patent…

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