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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies starts building its first full-scale system in Toulouse, France

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies starts building its first full-scale system in Toulouse, France | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has delivered the first tubes to its research center in the southwest of France as it begins construction on its first Hyperloop network to carry people and freight.

 

The company expects to complete a 320-meter system that will go into operation later this year, and it will build out another 1-km network in 2019.

 

HyperloopTT announced last year that it was opening a European research center in Toulouse, France. Toulouse is the country’s fourth-largest city but also home to a number of transportation and aerospace giants, including Airbus. HyperloopTT began moving the tubes in yesterday, which created a buzz among spectators and local press.

 

“Five years ago, we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems: efficiency, comfort, and speed. Today, we take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal,” said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn in a statement. “Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience.”

 

Founded in 2013, HyperloopTT now has a team of 800 engineers and 40 corporate and university partners. The company is based in Los Angeles and uses an open collaboration model. People can “join” HTT and be compensated for their work with stock options. So far, HTT has raised $31.8 million, and it had 30 salaried employees as of last year.

 

In addition to Toulouse, the company has offices in several regions around the world where it has signed agreements for development and trial of Hyperloop systems.

 

The tubes being installed in Toulouse have a diameter of 4.0 meters, which means the system can be adapted for both passenger pods and shipping containers. The company hopes to have the passenger capsule — which is being built in Carbures, Spain — later this summer.

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Today’s a tough day for technology patent trolls

Today’s a tough day for technology patent trolls | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The US Supreme Court just issued a rare unanimous ruling that will make it harder for technology companies to patent ideas and processes—and harder for patent trolls to force companies to choose between paying up for violating broad patents or facing time-consuming, expensive litigation. The case, between two financial companies, concerned software for clearing financial...
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amusing in the context of Tesla's recent IP move

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FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact

FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on where things stand now, more than 90% of 222 smartphone patent infringement assertions by major players against other large organizations have gone nowhere, with 109 assertions (49%) having failed (so far) and 93 assertions (42%) having been dropped outside the context of a comprehensive settlement or having suffered a comparably negative fate

 

Out of the 9% of cases (20 of the 222 assertions) in which liability was established (and not reversed so far, or not before a settlement), only 10 -- 4.5% -- resulted in lasting injunctive relief. And that number would most likely be closer to 3% if, for example, the patents underlying Nokia's German injunctions against HTC had come to judgment in the Federal Patent Court. What's more important than alternative scenarios is that none of the injunctions against the Android operating system itself (including its key apps) had enough impact to force someone into a settlement.

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Interesting chart on patent wars (in)efficiency : in most cases only the lawyers win. Even if Microsoft received more than $1bn from Samsung in patent fees in 2013 for using a technology of the company in Samsung phones, as has been recently revealed.

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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company announced after markets closed on Wednesday. Google will keep the "vast majority" of around 10,000 patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
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So roughly Google acquired 10.000 patents at $1 million each on average ? [Update: patent average price looks closer to 1/10th of my initial guesstimate as it seems that Google acquired closer to 17.000 patents for 1.6Bn$ net as evidenced by http://bgr.com/2014/01/30/google-motorola-lenovo-sale-patents-earnings/]
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