06. June 2016 · Comments Off on The Top Internet of Things Patent Holders: Qualcomm and Intel · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Joon Ian Wong reports in Quartz, “Most of the innovation on the so-called Internet of Things is locked up in patents held by the companies that make the innards of sensors, routers, and other devices, according to a study by LexInnova, a consultancy. The study finds that the companies with the greatest number of IoT patents globally are the chip-makers Qualcomm and Intel, followed by Chinese network-gear maker ZTE… But not all patents are created equal. Only 1.5% of all patents are litigated, according to a seminal 2000 paper on the subject by Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford. That suggests only a sliver of patents are worth the cost of enforcing. Lemley and three other co-authors devised a system to sift through patents and find the most valuable ones.”

Source: The Top Internet of Things Patent Holders: Qualcomm and Intel – DATAVERSITY

01. June 2016 · Comments Off on Qualcomm has the most valuable IoT patent portfolio · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Qualcomm holds the most IoT-related patents right now, and those patents have a very high value, according to a new study by LexInnova, which provides research and consulting on patent law. The study found that Qualcomm holds 724 IoT-related patents, just ahead of Intel’s 688.Chinese networking provider ZTE, which came in third place, only has 351 IoT patents.

Source: Qualcomm has the most valuable IoT patent portfolio – Business Insider

17. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Second Major Home Automation System Invention from Apple Surfaced last week · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Last Thursday we posted a patent report titled “Apple Invents Siri for Home Automation.” Apple’s invention related to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant (Siri) to control electronic devices within a future home automation system or hub. Over the weekend after reviewing Apple’s 359 published patents a little deeper, I was able to discover a second major home automation patent filing covering ‘accessory management system using an environmental model.’ The system likely relates to Apple’s HomeKit.

Source: A Second Major Home Automation System Invention from Apple Surfaced last week – Patently Apple

03. December 2015 · Comments Off on Google’s smart home vision · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In September 2014, some Google employees filed for patents they called “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home.” For the first time, those patent requests are publicly available, and give some understanding behind what Google is planning to do with their Nest and Dropcam acquisitions. According to the application, “This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security objectives.”

Source: Google’s smart home vision – SmartGridNews

24. November 2015 · Comments Off on Is The Internet Of Things (IoT) Really New Or Simply Recycled? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

There is a lot of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) yet many, if not most, are confused by what IoT really is and what it means for their IP and their business. In fact, some people claim that the IoT is simply a matter of applying existing technology to new applications. Many companies new to the IoT market may have strong and expansive portfolio positions for assertion. This makes it difficult at best to discern whether or not IoT inventions are really new or just recycled technology. If you are a new player in the IoT market, you most likely will be filing patent applications for new innovations; however, since IoT is being built on established technology, you need to be aware that there are hundreds of technology companies that may already own the seminal foundation patents.

Source: Is The Internet Of Things (IoT) Really New Or Simply Recycled?