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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 portfolio is directed specifically towards retail applications, although it has other patents for online ordering and automation communications systems. Ocado has stated that the most important challenge for its…

The Future of Flow Batteries Is… Candles?

One of the biggest barriers to widespread commercialization of flow batteries is the high cost of battery materials - until now. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered that the organic compound fluorenone, most commonly used in solar panels, pharmaceuticals, and candles for fragrance, is a promising candidate for flow battery electrolytes. Fluorenone is an inexpensive alternative to existing commercially-used…

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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…

Coinbase IPO Headlines. Its Patents Indicate a Bullish Future.

In Q1 2021, Patent Forecast® reported on Coinbase going public via direct public offering. At the time, market watchers predicted a valuation of over $50B. On its opening day of…

Consensys Raises $65M, Gets Platform and First Patent Asset

Blockchain solutions developer Consensys raised $65M in its recent funding round with investments from big-name financial institutions including UBS and JPMorgan. The company's…


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Microsoft Quiet in Patents but Active in Acquisitions

Has Microsoft stopped inventing and now enters acquisition mode to innovate in edge computing? Patent Forecast® data in the Edge Computing platform sector reveals Microsoft activity has shifted from build to buy.  With only 3 new inventions in Edge Computing from 2020, its exclusive positioning appears to be evaporating. But does Marsden Group fill that gap? On Tuesday, March 15, 2021, Microsoft announced the acquisition of the Marsden Group,…

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Should Dsm Care About Cryovac? If It Cares About The Environment It Should

With the FIRST patent asset directed towards a biodegradable film for cheese ripening, Cryovac, Inc. is claiming a stake in the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®. Currently, Pack-Age® is the leading product for cheese ripening…

Softbank Sees Opportunity in Eight Sleep and its Patents

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group International is investing $100M in multiple Miami-based startups, and patents may be a factor in its decisions. The latest recipient of a portion of SoftBank's Opportunity Fund is Eight Sleep, which…

Wellstat Tries to Make Vaccine Eligibility Checks a Reality, but It’s Too Little, Too Late

Imagine spending years developing a way to log patients’ vaccination statuses to develop vaccination plans and not managing to market anything during a global pandemic. Now imagine still being nowhere to be seen as people begin to discuss…

Robotic Trucks Using Peripheral Vision. See For Yourself

Kodiak Robotics Inc is adding Hesai Technology Co’s LIDAR to its autonomous trucks for peripheral vision. The trucks will keep their one forward-facing Luminar LIDAR and add Hesai LIDAR on each side of the truck. Although a Silicon Valley…

No Patents? Find A Partner Who Has Some. Honda, Meet Verizon

Once again, slow patent activity has forced a company to partner in order to stay competitive. Honda, not wanting to be left behind, has started working with Verizon to research mobile edge computing interacting with 5G and…

Hound Labs, Cannabix and Vox Heat Up the Marijuana Breathalyzer Market

At the start of April 2021, Patent Forecast® released an insight going over some of the big name competitors getting their foot in the door early in cannabis impairment testing. Specifically, breathalyzer tests for THC have been the main…

Cala Health Claims to Have the only Patented Neurostimulation for Essential Tremor Treatment. The Patent Data Disagrees

Cala Health has figured out that innovations backed by patents make them exponentially more valuable in the marketplace. However, in a zest for promotion, it might have exaggerated a bit.  In early April 2021, Cala Health had 2 patent…

Ballogy keep growing, but it’s forgetting one critical thing

In a recent insight, we highlighted some impressive growth for the Austin-based start-up Ballogy. They recently secured $6 million in Series A funding from an impressive list of athletes and sports executives. But this growth in size is…

A New Player Enters the Biodegradable Packaging Sector. Who Cares?

After officially being incorporated in August of 2020, Enlightened Product Solutions already has its first patent application for renewable sourced biodegradable polyolefin packaging.  Enlightened Product Solutions does not currently have…