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IPW Webinar – Chasing Technology Unicorns – How To Spot Acquisition Targets Early On

August 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The decision to “make” or “buy” is one of, if not, the most important decisions that corporate decision makers have to make when it comes to developing ground-breaking technology. This is the decision that can set the tone of success or loss of a company in a technology race that could define the next decades of an industry.

In this webinar, we will analyse such a decision made by Amazon Inc. to “buy” Zoox Inc. Patent data retrieved from patents belonging to the technology field of  Autonomous Driving were studied and analysed in order to explain – why Amazon decided to acquire Zoox for approx. $1.2 billion! We will also discuss other unicorn companies in this field that would make for great acquisition targets.

Since it is a common practice to file for patents much ahead of actual product development/roll-out, analysing patent data can help us in finding the crémé de la crémé of innovation leaders. Be it a small, obscure/unheard of company (like Zoox Inc.) that was only a fledgling start-up until a few years ago, or an established automotive OEM (like Volvo Cars) that have made revolutionary advances into a new technology, to generate a viable return on innovation investment on their research expenses they have to file for patents to protect their rights .

During this webinar, the presenters will examine and discuss: 

  • an overview analysis of the Autonomous Driving (AD) patent landscape
  • a comparison of selected automotive OEMs and their portfolio in Autonomous Driving
  • a break-down analysis of Zoox’s patent portfolio in Autonomous Driving
  • the specifics of Amazon’s patent portfolio in Autonomous Driving before and after the acquisition
  • implications for the automotive industry and other Autonomous Driving unicorns like Zoox Inc.

Join Gene Quinn, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. founder and twice named one of the global Top 50 Most Influential People in IP, for a free webinar discussion.  Joining Gene will be William MansfieldDirector Consulting and Customer Success for PatentSight®.

This webinar is part of the IPWatchdog Weekly Webinar Series.


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This Webinar is Sponsored by LexisNexis® PatentSight®


August 25, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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