Google was officially assigned the pending patent applications from CiiNow last Wednesday (August 27, 2014) in a transaction that was reported as being executed at the end of July. From searching through the USPTO, I don’t see any other patents assigned to CiiNow, so that appears to have been all they owned. The USPTO assignments … Read more Did Google acquire Game Maker and Distributor CiiNow?
On August 6th, Google announced that https was becoming a ranking signal for Google Search. I’m not completely sure of the implications of a discovery I made earlier today yet, but I noticed at the USPTO assignment database that Google had been assigned a patent from AT&T in June, which was officially recorded on August … Read more Google Acquires Patent on Speeding up SSL on Networks
As part of the regular business analysis that I do on an ongoing basis, I like to keep an eye out for acquisitions made by search engines and look at the technology that those companies being acquired have filed patents for. When I heard about Google’s acquisition of Skybox, I jumped to the assumption that … Read more Google’s Skybox Eye-in-the-Sky Acquisition
In November, Twitter disclosed in an amendment to its S1 filing that IBM was demanding licenses for three patents issued in 2006 that it claimed that Twitter was infringing upon. As far as we know, IBM didn’t file a lawsuit against Twitter, and this took place shortly before Twitter held its initial public offering. This … Read more Twitter’s New Patent Trove (943 Patents) from IBM
Google acquired the company Wavii for a little more than $ 30 Million in April. There was some speculation that Wavii was an effort to match Yahoo’s purchase of Summly, which summarizes news from the Web. A Wavii app did do just that – acquired and summarized news from the Web. When Wavii emerged from … Read more With Wavii, Did Google Acquire the Future of Web Search?