Whoop 4.0 – Invisible Wearables, Various Sensors, Improved Batteries – What about patents?

Whoop is a wearable device company geared towards athletes. The company has been highlighted in a recent insight for its role in the Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®, as it continues to develop sleep technology. It also currently…

Is Nicoventures Ditching Cannabis Vape Devices?

British American Tobacco’s (BAT) tobacco-alternatives company Nicoventures had three vape patent applications publish in September 2021. In July 2019, Nicoventures began its pursuit of cannabis patents for vape devices but quickly shifted…

StrongNode Brings Open Source Software to Edge Computing, But No Patents

StrongNode is a unique startup in the increasingly competitive edge computing space. Co-founded by Daniel Saito, a former executive of MySQL who was part of their $1b exit to Sun Microsystems, StrongNode offers Node…

BitGo Gets a Green Light on its First Patent

In September 2021, BitGo received its first patent for generating addresses, e.g., for storing cryptocurrency, using key pairs. The company offers a distributed wallet as well as custodial services for digital assets. The patent was filed…

Is Apple Also Interested in Posture Detection?

Earlier in September 2021, Patent Forecast highlighted Philips and its subsidiary Nightbalance, speculating that the company may want to focus on posture detection and correction as an alternative to sleep apnea masks given recent recalls…

Standard Chartered Moving into Uncharted Territory

Standard Chartered, a British financial services company, is moving into blockchain technology with two patent applications published in the spring of 2021 for managing digital assets with a custodian. In August 2021, Standard Chartered…

Can Philips Lean on Nightbalance?

In 2018, Philips acquired Nightbalance, a Dutch digital health company that had developed a device for correcting sleep posture to mitigate sleep apnea. The device is a band worn around the chest that vibrates to alert the wearer in…

WIN Reality Raises Debt Funding but How Is It Protecting Its IP?

Since its founding in December 2018, VR baseball and softball training company, WIN Reality, has taken the baseball and softball training industry by storm, already being implemented by professional and collegiate programs nationwide. The…

Theator’s Intelligence Platform – A New Aspect of AI’s Future in Surgery

Theator Inc. is a startup company with a surgical intelligence platform that leverages AI and computer vision to analyze key moments of surgical procedures. The platform intelligently curates moments from surgeries for surgeons to review…

Build vs Buy vs Partner: Big Banks and Quantum Technology

In March 2021, Patent Forecast reported how Bank of America was extending its interests in quantum technology to hardware. However, it’s worth noting how BofA’s strategy contrasts with other big banks. In September 2021, Goldman Sachs…

Purissima is Securing Microalgal Cannabinoid Biosynthesis

Biosynthesis of cannabinoids has been a focal point of the cannabis industry the last 5 years. Leaders like Teewinot Life Sciences and CB Therapeutics emerged with scalable platforms for the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients…

Twin Rivers enters the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast

Twin Rivers Paper Company has entered the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®! Its patent application, published in early September 2021, is directed towards recyclable and absorbent food packaging. The technology disclosed, an oil…

Velodyne LiDAR Now in UAVs

Late September 2021, Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. signed a multi-year agreement to provide sensors to TOPODRONE. TOPODRONE is a Swiss-based company that produces aerial surveys. Velodyne’s sensors are top of the line and will enable TOPDRONE to…

FCC and Automakers Clash – Adaptors Come Out on Top

V2X capabilities are still in testing and pilot phases in a number of cities across the United States, and conflicts between automakers and the government may keep it that way. The leading automaker patent holder in the Smart Cities: V2X…

Coconut the Next Wave of Insulation?

A new startup that goes by Nutshell Coolers is currently raising funding for a cooler made from COCONUT SHELLS! Like many startups, the coolers were designed to address a problem, in this case, to help Filipino fishermen. The startup has…

Opportunities Lie Where Disney Is Lacking

Disney has been a longtime leader in the Sports Analytics Patent Forecast® with years of patent activity devoted to both Data Analytics and Data Application. However, its lead might not last much longer if it continues the level of patent…

FDA and CDC Clear the Smoke on Delta-8-THC

Prohibition provides opportunities for not only black market but also unregulated market spaces. The DEA prohibits the possession, distribution, and use of delta-9-THC only, which has birthed a thriving cannabinoid market for delta-8-THC.…

Patent Data Shows That Coldquanta Is Changing Up Its Game Plan, Embracing Quantum Computing

Qubits are already cold, but they are about to get colder. In September, 2021, a patent application was published for ColdQuanta for a qubit array trap for trapping particles to form qubits for a quantum computer. ColdQuanta is not…

Revolutionary Advancements in Portable Ultrasound – The Patent Data Told us First

In recent years ultrasound has become increasingly portable, easy to use, and cost-efficient. It is also safer than other medical imaging modalities because it does not expose patients to ionizing radiation, and it can be used to diagnose…

GM & Cepton have Entered the {LiDAR} Chat

Another exciting week for LiDAR as Cepton, a smaller player in the space, is going public and already has customers knocking on its door. General Motors has made a deal with Cepton to begin installing Cepton-based LiDAR sensors in a range…

Where Should Supermoon Invest Next?

Supermoon Capital is a new venture capital fund focusing solely on sleep technology. The fund is looking to invest in startups through pre-seed and Series A rounds and has raised $36M so far. Supermoon’s existing portfolio includes…

Fox Corp Taps Eluvio for Blockchain Tech — Who Else is in the Running?

Eluvio is a blockchain platform provider specializing in handling digital media, from creation and ownership to distribution. The startup has two issued patents for its decentralized media distribution network, which includes a partitioned…

The Race to Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring – A New Competitor

In July 2021, Patent Forecast provided an overview of glucose monitoring and the major players racing to successfully monitor glucose with non-invasive methods. This week a new player entered this race with a patent application assigned to…

Save the Turtles One 6-Pack at a Time

For years, the majority of news for biodegradable six-pack rings belonged to ep6r. But recently Alzamora Group has made some progress with its biodegradable LatCub solution. Patent Forecast highlighted ep6r and its success back in 2019.…

China Switching to Thorium

Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs), which were developed and tested in the 1960’s and 70’s at Oak Ridge National Laboratories but then moth-balled, are back. China is set to turn on their 2MW experimental Thorium MSR at Wuwei, on the edge of the…

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