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Novamont Acquires Biobag. Who’s Next?

Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®

January 21, 2021

Novamont and BioBag have a long history of working together. In fact, a majority of BioBag products are made from Mater-Bi®, Novamont’s premier offering that is protected by over 100 patents. Novamont has acquired BioBag and it appears that the goal of this acquisition is to allow Novamont to expand its circular bioeconomy. However, it seems that this acquisition was more of a formality because BioBag will act independently and is keeping the same leadership team.  

Novamont only has 1 US patent for a biodegradable bag and BioBag has zero US patents. In 2019, Novamont started litigation for a member of the US patent’s international family, so Novamont is clearly willing to enforce its patents rights. Novamont intends to expand further in Europe and North America, so it should consider filing patents or acquiring patents such as those mentioned in our previous insights: “Plastic Bags you can eat” and “Compostable Produce Bag”.

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Other Interesting News:

Zume has another published patent application for a container for transport and storage of food products. (Find out more about Zume from our previous insight!)

 

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Nothing Slips Past Patent Data

Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®

January 21, 2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic has negatively impacted numerous industries and businesses. Many businesses are shutting down for at least the time being and it is unclear if they will bounce back. However, many businesses may be taking this opportunity to revamp and expand their business so it is critical to stay on top of the latest trends in the industry.

Tipi Eco, a compostable straw manufacturer, is one of those negatively affected businesses. According to its website, it is closed due to the pandemic. However, it had a patent application published on January 14, 2021 that was filed on July 13, 2020. This shows that Tipi Eco is still looking to expand their business even though it appears that they are currently closed. Even more surprising is that the application is directed to compostable cutlery! Tipi Eco is known for their compostable straws but there is zero information can be found on its website about compostable cutlery. This is a strong indicator that Tipi Eco is planning to increase its offerings once it is no longer limited by the pandemic. 

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UAV 2020 Annual Update - No Signs of Fatigue from DJI

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Management Patent Forecast®

January 21, 2021

DJI did not slow down their patent filings in 2019 as shown by the publication of patent applications in 2020 continuing unabated. IBM appeared to slow some, but LG Electronics has come to an almost complete stop.  Is LG just taking a breather? Or have they gone into stealth mode? Or have they run out of good ideas? Watch out for sector fatigue, where a company has exhausted its inventive capacity or doesn’t think investments are warranted. Patent Forecast® makes it easy to spot the trends and show them to investors, managers, and directors. Inform everyone without anesthetizing them with spreadsheets. Start a free trial today, or contact us for a custom sector for your next presentation.

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Perfect Game Partners with K-Motion? How did they make their bet?

Sports Analytics Patent Forecast®

January 21, 2021

In early-2021, Perfect Game, the leader in all things scouting and recruiting in elite youth baseball and softball, entered a partnership with K-Motion Interactive to develop new PG Tech that can be used for both recruiting and coaching purposes. Perfect Game is the titan of the industry whenever it comes to youth baseball scouting and development, so this partnership is quite a big deal. Whoever teams with Perfect Game in this venture is likely to leapfrog to the front of the baseball analytics industry. This raises the question of just how did Perfect Game come to decide on K-Motion for this partnership? While it is impossible to know exactly how, maybe the patents can give us some insight.

When it comes to baseball analytics, Blast Motion, Trackman, and Rapsodo are the first companies to come to mind because of their market share, patent portfolios, and partnerships with some of the biggest names in baseball. However, K-Motion offers something different. While the previously mentioned companies tend to offer on-the-bat tech solutions that capture swing path data, K-Motion’s technology utilizes strategically placed inertial sensors on the body. These sensors provide a different type of data to help improve the athletes’ swings. Think of this as a cause and effect relationship where the previously mentioned companies allow the athlete to see the effects of their swing while K-Motion allows them to see both the causes and the effects. 

Also, the inventions disclosed in the patents land K-Motion in the Training and Coaching subcategory while most of the other companies have portfolios predominantly focused on data analytics. K-Motion’s technology not only offers swing analytics, as the other companies do, but also implements a unique biofeedback element to help athletes make the adjustments they need to perfect their swing. This considered, it is obvious why K-Motion would be a primary partnership target for a youth baseball platform as youth athletes typically require more body adjustments to make their swing more efficient and powerful. 

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5-Year Snapshot of the Sports Analytics Sector with Mentioned Companies Highlighted

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Future Looks Bryte with Patents

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

January 21, 2021

Smart mattress startup Bryte has just raised $24M in Series A funding led by ARCHina Capital. The company, which was founded in 2016, has developed a mattress that uses sensor data and artificial intelligence to adjust temperature, pressure points, and other settings for customized optimal sleep. 

With the closeout of the funding round, Bryte also announced that it would be pivoting to licensing its technology to other mattress providers while continuing to sell directly to consumers. The company's patenting behavior suggests that this move may have been in the works for a few years. Bryte currently has four (4) published patent applications and one issued patent. The company's first patent was filed in 2017. After two years without further patent activity, Bryte filed three applications on the same day in 2019 for sleep phase detection and environmental control. Was that an early indication of the shift to a licensing strategy? 

Patents are vital for protecting IP and also make companies more attractive investments. There are a number of smart mattress companies that may be interested in licensing from Bryte. Sleep Number is a leader in patented mattress technology, as are Eight Sleep and Keeson, which also owns Ergomotion. You can keep track of how the patent data aligns with these companies' business ventures by subscribing to the Consumer Sleep Patent Forecast®. 

Mattress, Bed, Pillow, Sleep, Relax, Relaxation, Rest

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Patent Data as an Early Warning of New Competitors

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

January 14, 2021

Well-organized patent data can really make a difference for your company. One of the most powerful benefits of patent data is that it allows you to better understand your competitor landscape. Most established companies know who the big name competitors are in their respected fields. However, patent data allows you to see deeper than just the competitors you are already familiar with. Take for example the AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Activity sector. Most of the top competitors in that sector are well known companies such as IBM, Philips Electronics, and FitBit

However, this past week the Patent Forecast®  picked up 5 newly published patent applications from automaker Toyota Motors. These 5 applications are the first documents Toyota has in the sector, and all teach systems and methods related to a device for AI-based walking rehabilitation. Although Toyota is not known for its work in the AI Biotech Sector, the recent emergence of 5 applications on a new technology in a foreign sector certainly indicates a shift in focus by Toyota Motors. As a competitor, it would be crucial to know as early as possible when a company like Toyota Motors begins seeking patent protection on technology similar to yours. Early detection of a massive emerging competitor allows smaller companies to reassess their portfolios, and make sure their present and future products are adequately protected.  

This is just one or many examples of how patent data can provide early detection of important changes with a competitive landscape. Make sure to check out the Patent Matrix®  for an in depth analysis of the claims of some of Toyotas newly published applications, as well as the Patent Forecast®  for the AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Activity Sector to stay up to date with the newest patent data available! 

Walk, Path, Walking, Feet, Trail, Shoes, Sport, Legs

 

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SMT Saw an Opening and Scored

Sports Analytics Patent Forecast®

January 14, 2021

SMT is no new-comer to the Sports Analytics patent sector. Being the second-largest assignee within the sector, it is safe to say that they have had a long history of patenting in the sector with patents dating as far back as 1993. However, when looking at its patenting history, it becomes obvious that SMT has had a recent shift in patent strategy. In late 2017, SMT began ramping up its patent activity in a space that it had not been that active in, or honestly any company had been active in. They began filing numerous patent applications within the Telemetry Analysis subcategory. Before this, few companies had paid much attention to this subcategory, with most companies in the Data Analytics category focusing on the Image & Video Analytics subcategory. This lack of previous activity left SMT quite a bit of "white space" in which they could likely develop a broad portfolio, and that is exactly what they did. 

Fast-forward three years to late-2020/early-2021 and SMT is already reaping the benefits of this investment. It holds multiple contracts with sports leagues and teams across the globe to exclusively provide telemetry-based tracking in their stadiums, with the most recent contract landing SMT's player and puck tracking technology in every NHL arena. Looking back, it is obvious that SMT capitalized on the "white space" it may have noticed in the sector. While it is impossible to tell if SMT noticed this opportunity by using patent data or fell into it with a stroke of luck, this is a perfect example of the value in the patent data and patent visualization offered by Patent Forecast®. The visualization of this data allows companies to not only see where their competitors are investing R&D efforts, but also allows them to see opportunities or openings in the field that are begging for investment.

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Patent Forecast Demonstrating SMT's Patent Activity

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Wing Does Not Like the New Drone ID Rule. Who Owns that Space?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Management Patent Forecast®

January 14, 2021

Wing Aviation said the FAA’s new rule for UAVs to radio broadcast remote ID messages for tracking will have “unintended negative privacy impacts for business and consumers.” The rule replaces the requirement that the UAVs transmit location data via the Internet. Wing added that “an observer tracking a drone can infer sensitive information about specific users, including where they visit, spend time, and live and where customers receive packages from and when.”

Nonetheless, Wing has patented an ID broadcast system. So has Amazon and two small companies - Rumfert and Uavionix. Then, there’s Raytheon, who has ID patents with UAV tolling.  (Can toll “roads” be imposed on UAVs?) 

Who’s going to own the UAV ID space? Who’s going to scoop up Rumfert and Uavionix? You can find some possible answers to these and other compelling questions by subscribing to our UAV Management Patent Forecast®. 

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Speculation about Google's Newest Device - What do the Patents Say?

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

January 14, 2021

In a previous insight, we pointed out that Google filed two sleep patents in 2020 after a year and a half of inactivity in the sector. The move was interesting given Google's acquisition of Fitbit, which is the largest assignee in Consumer Sleep Technology and a well-known name in wearable health technology. 

A recent FCC filing indicates that Google is developing a new interactive device with a screen, and many tech sites speculate Google will be incorporating its Soli radar technology used to detect humans and their gestures. One site reports sleep tracking as a possible use based on sources "familiar with the matter." Of course, a more reliable source than an anonymous insider would be patent data. One of the patent applications filed last year covers using an IR sensor in a device located in a person's bedroom to remotely monitor sleep based on movement. The device is further incorporated into a "smart home environment." Google also has a patent filed in 2018 for remote sleep monitoring using cameras and computer vision. The patents show Google has been investing in this technology and considers it worth protecting, making it even more likely to show up in a consumer product soon.

This analysis is yet another example of patents predicting market movement. You can follow Google and other companies in the Consumer Sleep Technology sector to glean more insight ahead of the curve on the Patent Forecast®. 

Bed, Lamp, Bedside, Pillows, Flower, Bedroom, House

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IonQ Suggests Error Correction is the True Test of Quantum Computers, but is it Prepared?

Quantum Computing Patent Forecast®

January 14, 2021

Forget everything you know about quantum volume. Ok, maybe we should explain what quantum volume is before telling you to forget. Classical computers are often compared by the speed with which they are able to perform certain operations. Quantum computers, on the other hand, are a bit more complicated. Quantum computers are typically compared using a measure known as Quantum Volume, which takes into account both the number of physical qubits in the system and the average fidelity of the gates within the system. Fidelity essentially measures how close the outcome of the gates are to the actual, expected outcome. As fidelity and the number of qubits increase, so too does the Quantum Volume.

IonQ made waves back in October for suggesting that its new model could have a quantum volume of over 4 million, as compared to the previous record of only 128. In fact, in December, IonQ said that its systems may be approaching such a high quantum volume that the number would be too large to fit on a screen. Given the increasingly limited usefulness of the quantum volume measure as quantum volumes move toward infinity, IonQ has suggested a new metric: the Algorithmic Qubit. Algorithmic qubits take into account not only the number of physical qubits and the average fidelity of the gates, but also the degree of error correction used by the system. 

However, while IonQ may be redefining the game, its patent filings suggest it may not be ready to play. IonQ has shown dedication to increasing the fidelity of quantum gates in such applications as U.S. Patent Pub. Nos. 20200372391 and 20200372389, but filings directed to error correction methods are nowhere to be found. Granted, it’s possible that IonQ has filed patents directed to error correction that have not yet been published, but if what IonQ says about the importance of the Algorithm Qubit is true, then companies such as PsiQuantum, IBM, and Rigetti may possess the upper hand, as each company already has multiple filings directed to error correction methods. If IonQ’s competitors are able to utilize non-trapped ion quantum computers and achieve similar fidelities, they may just be better positioned to dominate phase 2 of the race to a viable quantum computer.

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