“On April 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two liquid metal related patent applications,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“One relates to relates to continuous alloy feedstock production mold for the manufacture of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys. Bulk-Metallic Glass (BMG) is also known as liquid metal,” Purcher reports. “The second patent relates to methods that could be applied to joining different structural components, such as those in a device or in jewelry.”
“The device can be an electronic device,” Purcher reports. “The jewelry can include a bezel, such as a continuous bezel, or discrete prongs, as in prongs in a ring wherein a jam [sic gem] stone is set. One of the articles could be applied to a device such as a watch or a clock – though it could apply to many iDevices as well.”
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MacDailyNews Note: The Apple-Liquidmetal deal is basically this: Apple contributes engineers and R&D – basically figuring out how to practically make Liquidmetal into commercial parts – and contributes their inventions back to Liquidmetal (via Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, a Liquidmetal subsidiary) which gets to use Apple’s inventions in fields other than consumer electronics (sporting goods, aviation, medical, military, etc.). With an already-paid one-time license fee of US$20 million, Apple owns sole rights to use Liquidmetal in electronics forever via “a perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, exclusive license to commercialize such intellectual property in the field of consumer electronic products.” Whenever it is reported that Apple and Liquidmetal have extend their agreement, it refers to Apple and Liquidmetal lengthening the amount of time where both companies share IP with each other via Crucible.
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They’ve been re-upping the R&D deal annually in March, and announcing it in May or June. There’s always a nice bump when that happens, so if you’re not onboard it’s actually kind of a good time to do it.
The stock is 13 cents a share. It bumps to the low 20’s on any decent news and 30’s and 40’s on even moderate expectation of actual usage in an Apple part.
Conventional wisdom is that if Apple uses LQMT for anything, the whole world will want to co-opt the invention in their products.
Keep in mind that LQMT sold at up to $20 Dollars a share soon after it went public.
Maybe “gem.” That’s my assumption anyway.
Creating a new alloy takes time and huge amounts of r&d and money. Apple have shown very long thinking in their investment in liquid metal far beyond the SIM card thingy.
No doubt the GTA fiasco showed that even Apple can get fscked by partners (Microsoft, Google, Samsung etc.
I doubt that this is the case with LM.
Apple can make a lot of patents with LM in watches, but they can not actually make watch with it as for that market it is exclusively licensed to Swiss.