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Alphabet takes Wing to Virigina, partners with FedEx and Walgreens

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Patent Forecast®

September 19, 2019

Alphabet-owned UAV delivery service Wing announced Thursday that it is beginning its first operations in the US. The company will be completing home delivery requests in Christiansburg, Virginia, for both FedEx and Walgreens. Users will be able to purchase items via a mobile app, and a drone will deliver products within 5 to 10 minutes.

Wing has been very active in the patent space, and was just awarded two new patents in the UAV sector on Tuesday. Though Wing has heavy competition in the patent space from the likes of Qualcomm, DJI, Boeing, and Amazon, the Alphabet subsidiary shows strength across a range of UAV technologies. The company's relatively high number of issued patents shows signs of a strong portfolio that positions the company well for a US-based business entrance.

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Soundwave hears you

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

September 19, 2019

Soundwave Hearing, a hearing aid startup out of Glendale, Illinois, hopes to use artificial intelligence to quickly customize hearing aid settings to a user. The company's main goal is to allow anyone to program their own hearing devices with a simple app. Similar to listening for tones during a hearing test, the company's second patent application uses patient feedback during use of the hearing aids to generate an audiogram that helps program the hearing aids. Soundwave hops to being selling their technology this year. As products like Apple's Airpods become more common, hearing aids get smarter, and the stigma around them is decreased as a result, technologies such as this will be important in improving accessibility of hearing devices to a variety of populations. 

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Stora Enso continues to push recycling

Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®

September 19, 2019

Just weeks after its CEO announced he was stepping down, Stora Enso has demonstrated its commitment to recycling as it recently published results of trials regarding the recycling of paper cups. Conducted with Fiskeby Board in Sweden, the trial focused on the recycling of used paper cups into white-lined chipboard and determined that yes, the used paper cups can be efficiently used without major investments at the mill. Not only does this minimize resources in board production, but paper cups lead to higher board fiber yield than non-polymer coated board materials.

Concurrently, Stora Enso has announced a new forest division. The company will own and operate forests in Sweden, as well as Finland, Russia, and Baltic countries as a part of the division. This will further improve the supply process for recyclable and biodegradable products supported by their IP portfolio. Stora Enso has had five issued patents in the biodegradable packaging space in 2019 alone, which further symbolizes a commitment to biodegradability and moving away from damaging single use products.

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LINE Launches Crypto Trading Platform BITMAX

Cryptocurrency Patent Forecast®

September 19, 2019

LINE Corporation (LINE), creator of the popular Japanese messaging application LINE, has launched its new cryptocurrency trading platform, BITMAX. BITMAX is baked into the messaging app itself, meaning users can satisfy their crypto trading needs without having to download additional software or purchase a second device. 

BITMAX currently supports five types of cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). BITMAX has been exposed to over 81 million users. The exchange enables users to make small transactions as low as $9.00.

This trend of messaging applications launching their own cryptocurrency exchange continues to grow as Telegram, a popular messaging application with no published IP, plans the launch of the Telegram Open Network cryptocurrency ecosystem next month. With a reach of over 365 million users, Telegram's launch will make it one of the largest crypto-launches in history. BITMAX's performance may provide an insight into the longevity and user-interest in such a business model.

Cryptocurrency, Asset, Electronic Payment, Payment

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Samsung is Giving Users More Control of Their Energy Management

Energy Financial Settlements Patent Forecast®

September 19, 2019

Samsung is no stranger to the energy sector. Currently, Samsung supports a number of energy technologies including solar, wind, and energy storage. In addition, Samsung offers utility, industrial, and community energy solutions.

With its recently issued patent for proximity control using a WiFi connection, Samsung is hoping to give users proximity control of any energy device. From smart energy devices to energy substations, users would be in complete wireless control of their energy operations. Integration with Samsung's current smart home solutions is likely. Current operations are limited to controlling lights, appliances, and power outlets. This addition would greatly expand upon this functionality, enabling users to be in complete control of their energy consumption and habits.

Smart Home, House, Technology, Multimedia, Smartphone

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Huawei Launches 5G and AI-based Energy Solutions

Energy Financial Settlements Patent Forecast®

September 11, 2019

Huawei, at the World Energy Congress 2019, announced the launch of several energy solutions making use of 5G and AI technologies. Huawei collaborated with over 70 energy ministers, 500 energy company CEOs, and a multitude of other partnerships for these solutions, operating under a theme of "Innovation is Redefining Energy." 

Energy solutions include 5G Base Station Sharing, 5G Mining, Intelligent AI Power Line Inspection, and Intelligent Distribution Transformer and Edge Computing.

Pear, Light, Energy, Light Bulb, Current, Lighting

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Syracuse picks Verizon 5G network

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Patent Forecast®

September 11, 2019

Syracuse is one of the first U.S. cities to adopt a citywide 5G network from Verizon as part of Mayor Ben Walsh’s Syracuse Surge plan to modernize the city’s economy.  The 5G network will mean increased connectivity, faster Internet speeds and smoother drone usage. Verizon, which has almost 40 issued patents in this sector, is developing mapping technology to fit into this plan, as shown by their recently issued patent for 3D voxel mapping with drones. 

Gazebo, Skaneateles, Skaneateles Lake, Onondaga County

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Kare Beams into Sleep

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

September 11, 2019

Kare, a small speaker company in Alabama, was founded in order to bring to life the ChairSpeaker, an adjustable speaker system engineered to help individuals better hear a TV without turning up the TV volume, and as an alternative to headphones or devices that would require taking out a hearing aid. After initial commercial success, the company seems to be branching out.

Kare recently filed an application for a pillow that uses bone conduction to provide an audio experience. While this device may be intended to provide for watching television in bed without disturbing others, which would fit with the mission of the company, it has great application in the sleep sector. Many individuals would like to listen to music or white noise as they fall asleep, but do not want to use headphones. This IP may be an interesting acquisition for a company such as Dreem, who includes analysis of brain waves in their stimulative sleep device.

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Google and Mayo Team Up

AI Biotech / Diagnostics Patent Forecast®

September 11, 2019

Google and Mayo Clinic have announced a ten year partnership which will accomplish much more than just hosting Mayo's data on Google's Cloud. On one hand, the partnership will enable Mayo to increase data-driven medical innovation, as Google has recognized the impact that technology will have on health care over the next 10+ years. The pair also plans to create machine-learning modules and AI-based digital diagnostics offerings with the partnership. Both companies have a small amount of IP in the AI-biotech space, but that is not what makes this partnership special. Mayo sees over 1.2 million patients each year as the #1 hospital in the country and currently has over 12,500 active human research studies, which generates a massive amount of data to train and be analyzed by machine-learning models.

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Exclusive Networks Partners with Vade Secure

AI Cybersecurity Patent Forecast®

September 11, 2019

Vade Secure and Exclusive Networks announced a partnership today, enabling Exclusive Network to add Vade Secure's flagship email security solution to its cybersecurity portfolio. Vade Secure's email security solution uses artificial intelligence, including machine learning, to detect unknown threats, including phishing, spear phishing, malware, and ransomware. Vade Secure's existing patent portfolio in this sector consists primarily of methods using artificial intelligence and machine learning for electronic message analysis. 

This adds to an ongoing partnership between Vade Secure and Return Path, an email intelligence market leader. Pursing a methodology of "set-it-and-forget-it" when it comes to an email cybersecurity solution, Vade Secure is poised to make a strong impression with small businesses, who are turning to MSPs for their cybersecurity needs.

Email, Newsletter, Marketing, Online, Communication

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