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Internet of Things (IoT) Fog Computing Insights from Patents

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Billions of interconnected devices that are connected to the internet in the IoT (Internet of Things) will produce astronomical amount of data to process. The amount of data can easily overload the cloud computing resources at the back-end IT systems. With Fog (or Edge) computing, the problem can be eased by allowing smart devices (e.g., smartphones, PCs, set-top boxes) at the edge of the IoT networks.

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Internet of Things (IoT) Fog Computing Insights from Patents

  1. 1. ©2015 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved http://www.techipm.com/ 1 Internet of Things (IoT) Fog Computing Insights from Patents Alex G. Lee (alexglee@techipm.com) https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/2853055 Billions of interconnected devices that are connected to the internet in the IoT (Internet of Things) will produce astronomical amount of data to process. Theamount of data can easily overload the cloud computing resources at the back-end IT systems. With Fog (or Edge) computing, the problem can be eased by allowing smart devices (e.g., smartphones, PCs, set-top boxes)at the edge of the IoT networks. Cisco patent application US20150261876 illustrates the network environment includes multiple fog computing devices each connected with a communication network. Fog computing pushes applications, data, and computing power (including computing services) away from centralized points in a network to logical extremes or edges of the network. Fog computing covers a wide range of technologies including wireless sensor and actuator networks, mobile data acquisition, mobile signature analysis, cooperative distributed peer-to-peer ad hoc networking and processing. Fog computing devices communicate with each other using a variety of Internet protocols. Fog computing devices each host HTML-based web browse that controls the operational features of the fog computing devices.
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  3. 3. ©2015 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved http://www.techipm.com/ 3 IBM patent application US20140297822 illustrates the fog computing system in the mobile networks. The system includes a number of edge devices such as smartphones, cameras, traffic lights and antenna towers controlled by base stations. The edge node provides application services to mobile device end users on the edge of a network. The system can copewith the increasing bandwidth congestion at the backhaul from the increasing use of data services. The characteristics of the mobile fog computing system are its proximity to end users, its dense geographical distribution, and its supportfor mobility.
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  5. 5. ©2015 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved http://www.techipm.com/ 5 Microsoft patent US9098344 illustrates the cloud-edge hybrid system that an application instance runs on the fog computing device and another application instance runs on the cloud-based computing resources. Cisco patent application US20150078333 illustrates the fog computing system than can provide broadband internet access for high speed trains. Fog computing devices controlthe narrowbeam transceivers that provide highly directional wireless links during movement of the vehicle.
  6. 6. ©2015 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved http://www.techipm.com/ 6 Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Patent Development & Monetization for New Business Creation Goldman Sachs defines the IoT as the third wave of internet revolution: By connecting billions of devices to the internet, the IoT can open up a host of new business opportunities and challenges. Even though the IoT is getting a huge attention recently the conceptof interconnected billions of devices is not new and has been under development for over 10 years. Thus, there are a large number of related patented technologies that can be exploited for developing new products/services, and thus, new business for the emerging IoT market. TechIPm has developed an insightful new patent development and monetization methodology for the emerging IoT market. Many patent applications and newly issued patents can be further developed for creating new values by amending and creating claims and generating follow-on patents to encompass emerging technology and products/services trends, market demands, and strategic exploitation goals. TechIPm provides consulting for improving existing patents to obtain maximum ROI. TechIPm also provides consulting on developing new patents that can lead to new IoT product/servicedevelopment exploiting the strategic patent preparation & prosecution, white spaceanalysis, and scenario analysis.
  7. 7. ©2015 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved http://www.techipm.com/ 7 A strategically packaged patent portfolio is the collection of patents that the integrated value propositions of each patent of the portfolio target specific value propositions that are provided by emerging new products/services. Techipm develops the strategically packaged patent portfolio in alignment with a client’s specific IoT business interests (e.g., smart home automation). TechIPm’s methodology for developing the strategically packaged patent portfolio is based on a deep understating of the IoT technologies, extensive experiences in patent analysis and development, and insights into the emerging IoT market. The strategically packaged patent portfolio can be used for monetization through patent sale, patent licensing, commercialization, spin-off, patent banking, and patent- backed financing. TechIPm also can provide consulting on developing monetization program for exploiting the IoT strategically packaged patent portfolio. For detailed information, please visit http://www.slideshare.net/alexglee/best-practices-of-ip-patent-strategy-iot-internet-of-things-case-study

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