Is Bose Reinvesting in Sleep Tech?

Bose has focused its consumer sleep technology on earbuds and other audio devices, which fits in with the company’s other products but which have not yet been widely adopted as sleep trackers. Nevertheless, Bose’s patent activity indicates…

Is Amazon Really Pursuing Cryptocurrency? Or Is It a Conspiracy Theory?

In July 2021, Amazon posted a job listing for a “digital currency and blockchain product lead,” and Bitcoin and Ether prices both increased by more than 10% a few days later. The jump has been attributed to the tech giant’s potential…

Coinplug Joins Number of Korean Crypto Firms Partnering with Banks. The Difference? Patents

Woori Financial Group, one of the largest banks in South Korea, has partnered with Korean startup Coinplug to establish a digital asset custody service. Korean legislation is strict on cryptocurrency exchanges, requiring that they take…

Kryo Goes Pro

Kryo, Inc has partnered with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds to provide its ChiliSleep™ temperature-controlling sleep products, which include a mattress pad that can be controlled by a mobile app. The Seattle Mariners have been…

Be Prepared for Smart Bed Manufacturers to Go to the Mattresses

Patent Forecast® is predicting that smart bed manufacturers will soon begin filing patent infringement lawsuits against each other. Major smart bed manufacturers in the Consumer Sleep Technology sector include Sleep Number (91 patent…

Gaming Companies Rush to Capitalize on NFTs

In the digital world, e-sports and gaming is fertile ground for NFTs, with opportunities for character skins, designs, and screen captures to be tokenized and transacted on the blockchain. NFTs have brought big investments in 2020, and we…

Patents Show Apple Still Pursuing Mattress Tech

In 2017, Apple acquired Beddit, which makes a sleep tracking strip that is attached to a mattress. While the Apple Watch has a Beddit app for the trackers, they are certainly not among Apple’s most popular products. However, patents and…

Visa and Mastercard Go Head to Head with Cryptocurrency Cards — We’re Calling it Early

Visa and Mastercard have both been making strides in cryptocurrency, from patents to partnerships aimed at increasing consumer adoption. Visa had focused on its Fast Track partnership program, which integrates third-party technology from…

Sleep Number Leads With 80 Patents; Still Has Space To Innovate

When it comes to consumer sleep technologies, not all mattress companies are created equal. Sleep Number is the most innovative mattress company in the space, with 80 patent assets that are mostly directed to smart mattresses with sensing…

Where Will Andreessen Horowitz Invest? Hopefully, A Company With A Large IP Portfolio.

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) announced in June of 2021 that it is allocating $2.2B to its third cryptocurrency fund to be put towards investing in companies as well as pressing for changes to cryptocurrency regulations. A16z has already…

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…

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…

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…

Gemini is Two-Faced on Patenting

Gemini, the digital assets exchange founded by the Winklevoss brothers, has acquired Shard X in June 2021. Shard X develops multi-party computation (MPC) cryptography, which is a secure distributed method of computation for mining and…

Release Your Inner Snorlax with Nintendo’s New Patent

A lot of companies gamify health these days, using social media, movement rings, and weekly goals to promote healthier lifestyle choices. But when it comes to making sleep fun, who better to do that than Nintendo? The company received a…

Fitbit Enters the Snoring Market. Sorry Apple.

Developers noted in late May 2021 that Fitbit is planning on releasing a software update that will allow the wearables to track snoring. The features include noise detection and categorization to aid in the assessment of sleep. In rolling…

Lancium and Layer1 Settle — Patents Win, Once Again

In March 2021, Lancium LLC and Layer1 settled litigation for a case wherein Layer1 was accused of infringing Lancium’s patent for power management based on grid status. The patent covers an intelligent system for monitoring cryptocurrency…

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…

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,…

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…

Big Time Studios Moves Fast on Patents, Secures $21M in Funding

Big Time Studios was founded in April of 2020 and boasts alumni of Epic Games, Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and EA. The goal of the company is to boost adoption of cryptocurrency and NFTs in the gaming industry, while also creating…

Purple Innovation is Boosting R&D. We Have Suggestions

Purple Innovation is the creator of the Purple mattress, as well as a number of other cushioned products. The company has a large number of patents for its mattress materials, which include gels and elastomers. This portfolio has…

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