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…

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…

How Do We Know Sports Betting Is Exploding? PGA And Patents

On April 14th 2021, DraftKings and PGA Tour announced their plans to create a one-of-a-kind retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale. This follows recent revolutionary sports betting legislation in Arizona that allows for sports organizations…

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…

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 April 14, 2021, stock debuted at $381 per share and at one…

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 patent portfolio is almost non-existent, but certain moves may…

Apple Is Late To The Brain:Computer Interface Party – Stay Tuned

Brain:Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have tremendous potential. Like all technologies, a consumer product will really rocket its development. That’s where Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and the other major consumer electronics companies are. But…

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…

Microsoft Debugs Quantum Software in Virtual Reality, Catches Up To Minority Report

In almost every Sci-Fi film, there is a scene where some scientist is manipulating holographic images with just their hands. Microsoft is interested in making that technology a reality. Patent Forecast® has captured Microsoft in Quantum…

Driving While High? Cannabis Sobriety Testing Heats Up

What’s the future of cannabis innovation? We see things before they happen using our Patent Forecast®. One of those is the development of sobriety tests for what is bound to become a future issue in America. That is, driving while high.…

T-Mobile Partners with Lumen. One Reason? Enormous IP Portfolio

Lumen (formerly known as CenturyLink) has struck a partnership with T-Mobile to offer edge computing services over T-Mobile’s 5G Network. This partnership follows deals with cloud providers like Google and Amazon who have also paired…

Capital One is Investing in AI Biotech? What’s in their wallet?

In the past 18 months, Capital One has expanded past its usual banking activities, and begun exploring the AI Biotech Sector. But do they belong? While 2 assets in 18 months may not seem substantial on the surface, the AI Biotech field is…

Will You Bet on IBM?

Sports Betting has exploded in popularity as a means of both recreation and putting money in people’s pockets, but what about betting on other types of events? In April 2021, IBM was granted a patent on a blockchain method for facilitating…

Fidelity Is New to Edge Computing. Without Patents They Are Forced to Partner

Telecommunications provider Colt Technology Services is extending its partnership with IBM to incorporate IBM’s Cloud Satellite with Colt’s edge network. But who has the upper hand in the patent space? Colt Technology does not have any…

Nike and Adidas Are Up to Something. We Might Know What It Is…

In a previous insight, we compared the technologies disclosed in the patents of Nike and Adidas in an attempt to get an idea of who had the edge when it came to new sports technology. However, recent activity shows that there might be…

CBD is gaining market traction – it’s called patents

As more and more research is being conducted on the now legal cannabinoid, cannabidiol is soon expected to be used to treat a plethora of diseases and conditions. Two new issued patents from March of 2021 explain the use of CBD for…

Google AI Reinvents Speech Recognition. Who will follow?

There is no doubt that the big 5 tech companies (Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft) have developed massive IP portfolios in many areas - except perhaps one. For example, of the big 5, only Google has patent data in the…

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