WeDo, the Portuguese business assurance vendor, has secured a UK and European patent for a new data collecting technology; see their press release here.
The new product is described as a “Communication System with Distributed Risk Management Solution (DRMS)”. Details are limited, but the purpose is to gather data about communication activities using a novel technology that is suited to decentralized IP networks. By the sounds of it, the technology will be levered to enable IP network variations of offerings for revenue assurance and fraud management, and possibly also for legal intercept of traffic and management of content.
The importance of securing patent rights has been underlined by the intensity of recent patent battles between big high-tech corporations, and also by the increasing threat posed by patent trolls. Depending on the existence of alternatives to WeDo’s new data gathering technology, this little story may be revealed as a big factor in any future valuation of WeDo’s business. It definitely shows that WeDo are thinking ahead by investing in R&D.