Whether it’s for commercial or humanitarian purposes, we’re always looking for challenges and technology areas that can benefit from our in-house invention expertise. For particularly promising opportunities, IV will often create a dedicated program or, in the case of TerraPower™, a separate company to invent new technologies and bring them to market.
Spinouts & Programs
Before you can eradicate a disease, you have to understand it
IV is developing new computer models that calculate not only how diseases spread, but also how they will respond to deliberate suppression efforts. By consolidating aspects of disease dynamics, these models can make specific projections about which combination of eradication measures will have the greatest likelihood of success in a region given the particular geography, climate, season, and environmental and social conditions there.
Commercializing new metamaterials-based imaging and detection technology for use in airports and other high-risk facilities
In 2013, Intellectual Ventures spun out Evolv Technologies, Inc.—the second company to commercialize an invention from IV’s portfolio of metamaterials patents.
Building vibrant innovation ecosystems that can address the world’s most challenging problems
Intellectual Ventures’ Innovation MegaProject methodology is a new strategy for governments that seek to build vibrant innovation ecosystems that can address the world’s most challenging problems while also driving economic development and national competitive advantage.
Delivering broadband internet on the go, anywhere in the world.
Intellectual Ventures created Kymeta in 2012 to bring its metamaterials surface antenna technology (MSA-T) to market. Kymeta’s mTenna product line simplifies the connection needed for broadband internet on the go, anywhere in the world. Using MSA-T, mTenna can electronically point and steer a radio signal toward a satellite. This provides a continuous broadband link between a satellite and a moving platform such as an aircraft, car or boat.
More than meets the eye.
For more than a decade, IV has explored the potential of metamaterials—a class of synthetic materials engineered to have properties not found in nature. For example, metamaterials can manipulate incoming electro-magnetic radiation such as light or radio waves to redirect it in a variety of potentially useful ways.
An advanced nuclear energy solution that presents a new path toward an affordable, safe form of carbon-free energy.
The world energy crisis was an early focus for the inventors at Intellectual Ventures. After exploring the challenge in our multidisciplinary invention sessions, IV turned its attention to nuclear energy. Unlike most alternative energy solutions, nuclear offers the potential for carbon-free baseload energy.