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Internet of Things Patents

Searching for patented inventions connecting everyday devices to the Internet.

Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.

Low-power radio radio connections is the most active research area in IoT. The low-power radios do not need to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Lower-power and lower-cost alternatives are being explored under the category of Chirp Networks.

In an Internet of Things, the precise geographic location of a thing—and also the precise geographic dimensions of a thing—will be critical. Currently, the Internet has been primarily used to manage information processed by people. Therefore, facts about a thing, such as its location in time and space, have been less critical to track because the person processing the information can decide whether or not that information was important to the action being taken, and if so, add the missing information (or decide to not take the action). (Note that some things in the Internet of Things will be sensors, and sensor location is usually important.) The GeoWeb and Digital Earth are promising applications that become possible when things can become organized and connected by location. However, challenges that remain include the constraints of variable spatial scales, the need to handle massive amounts of data, and an indexing for fast search and neighbor operations. If in the Internet of Things, things are able to take actions on their own initiative, this human-centric mediation role is eliminated, and the time-space context that we as humans take for granted must be given a central role in this information ecosystem. Just as standards play a key role in the Internet and the Web, geospatial standards will play a key role in the Internet of Things.

Patents and Intellectual Property

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Countries we would like patent coverage in: Primarily interested in U.S. patents with international counterparts.

Deal Structure, Licensing and Ownership of Intellectual Property

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