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Offices Liquidax increases and accelerates the value of our client’s businesses and projects.  We achieve this by providing clients with...

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Liquidax increases and accelerates the value of our client’s businesses and projects.  We achieve this by providing clients with access and execution support to high-impact innovation, technology and correlated intellectual property asset services and solutions.

 

Our deep technology, market and application specific knowledge is what sets Liquidax apart.  We help corporations, private equity firms, investment banks, universities and governments understand and get the most value from innovation, technologies, and correlated IP protection.

 

From an innovation and technology standpoint, it does not matter so much that a technology has been invented; it matters much more that the right company owns it, it is protected by patents and that it is commercialized & monetized in the right way.

 

The Liquidax team is made up of global experts who have gained significant expertise in strategic, operational, and executive capacities across a whole host of critical sectors and sub-sectors.  We are here to provide clients with à la carte services or complete innovation solutions.

 

We are partners located in various cities across the US and in other locations around the world.  Contact us for more information or to be introduced to a Liquidax partner in your area.

 

Sectors We Work In

Aerospace, Defense & Government Services

The Aerospace, Defense, & Government Services (ADG) sector is being impacted by shifting industry dynamics and a myriad of technological, economic, social, health, and regulatory trends.

  • The future of the ADG sector is expected to benefit greatly from a current and rapidly moving innovation and technology scene.
  • Many technologies are in development or are in trials within university, government labs, or larger public-private partnerships.
  • Globally, defense systems and weaponry have seen a boost in spending.
  • Some of the more advanced technologies in development are slated to be tested and released to the market within the coming 2-3 years.

Based on business & technical surveys, as well as review and analysis of intellectual property asset filings, published applications or portfolio research; Liquidax anticipates the following technologies will drive significant value across ADG applications and related use cases.

Technologies Expected to Drive Significant Value in ADG Sector

Systems, Applications & Use Case Technology Watchlist:

Agriculture
The Agriculture sector is seeing unique innovation that come from the blending of legacy activities and operations with new digital innovations that are developed out of today’s necessities and requirements.

  • The World Government Summit with Oliver Wyman launched a report called Agriculture 4.0 – The Future of Farming Technology. The report addresses four primary developments placing pressure on the agriculture sector: Demographics, Scarcity of Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Food Waste.
  • By 2050, 70% more food needs to be produced, or roughly 800 million people worldwide will suffer from hunger. To meet the challenges concerted effort by governments, investors, and innovative agricultural technologies need to take place.
  • Agriculture 4.0 will no longer depend on applying water, fertilizers, and pesticides uniformly across entire fields. Instead, farmers will use the minimum quantities required and target specific areas. Farms and agricultural operations will run differently. This will be achieved due to advancements in new agriculture technologies and their uses.

Another term like Agriculture 4.0 that has developed among farmers, technology developers, corporations and investors is “Smart Farming”. This equates to the management concept of using modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products.

  • Farmers now have access to GPS, soil scanning, data management, and Internet of Things technologies. By precisely measuring variations within a field and adapting the strategy accordingly, farmers can greatly increase the effectiveness of pesticides and fertilizers and use them more selectively.
  • Using Smart Farming techniques, farmers can better monitor the needs of individual animals and adjust their nutrition correspondingly, thereby preventing disease and enhancing health.
  • Many of the “Smart Farming” technologies include sensors, devices, machines, and information technology. Future agriculture will use sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems will allow farms to be more profitable, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly.

Based on business & technical surveys, as well as review and analysis of intellectual property asset filings, published applications or portfolio research; Liquidax anticipates the following technologies will drive significant value across smart farming applications and related use cases.

Driving Value in the Smart Agriculture Sector

Agriculture Technology Watchlist:

Business & Tech Enabled Services
The “Business and Tech-Enabled” services sector is a large sector and can be defined in many ways. We define “Business & Tech-Enabled Services” as:

  • Businesses that provide a service or product using specialized proprietary technologies that provide individual consumers or businesses with a product or service that is faster and cheaper then in the ways of the past.
  • The products and services of these companies are currently built using technologies either developed in-house or acquired through M&A. The technologies are protected by a patent, group of patents or patents pending.
  • The capabilities of these types of companies provide their services or products in a more efficient business model and one that allows customers to enjoy the process of using or acquiring the service. This helps build the culture of the company and creates scenarios where customers or potential customers “must have” or “will only use” that product unless displaced by a better service/product. 

  • Example companies include WebMD, Pitchbook, IDG, Experian, Quickbooks, StitchFix and many others. The second wave of “business and tech-enabled” services will utilize artificial intelligence/machine intelligence, robotics, and computer vision.

Liquidax works with many business and tech-enabled companies to assist them in assessing and or acquiring patents or patent portfolios that provide them the rights to jumpstart and lead their marketplace, or the added strength to build large technology platforms with multiple services and solutions.

  • Liquidax is providing many companies that have operated in legacy business models with new technologies & correlated patents that together can be wrapped around legacy models to rapidly create “tech enabled” solutions using the customer data, critical operations, distribution, sales & marketing information already inside the company.
  • This allows companies who do not appear to be “tech” companies to quickly move their operations into the future and begin driving sizable revenues quickly, as well as, gain increased valuations based on new ROI models.
Consumer, Leisure & Retail
The Consumer, Leisure & Retail (CLR) sectors utilize many distinct technologies. Many generalized technologies overlap – with others quite specific to a single sub-sector.

  • With COVID-19 and other market pressure; CLR sectors are going through unprecedented change. Additionally, with technology disruption, digital transformation, demanding consumers, and international opportunities that are all quite different; CLR sectors are seeing challenges and opportunities.
  • Many of these issues have dramatically increased in size and scope and where the added layer of complexity has created an immediacy to gaining growth that was not anticipated or planned for at any level.
  • Liquidax evaluates, analyzes, and invests innovation assets and portfolios into sectors and sub-sectors where growth is needed to not only increases revenue but now, in some cases, to remain operational.
  • Liquidax uses industry expertise across consumer, leisure and retail sectors and our global partner networks to evaluate opportunities where we believe business and technology enabled services can accelerate growth and revenue.

In order to succeed in the post COVID-19 world, companies need to make sure their business models and platforms are focused on the customer with value-added scalable models that will allow them to capitalize on industry trends and respond quickly to customer and market needs.

  • Disruptive technologies are quickly rising to the top within consumer, retail, and leisure sectors.
  • The following technologies are slated to be utilized more and more as the platform for new services and solutions is needed:

Education

The Global Education Technology marketshare recently crossed $18 billion in revenue and is expected to grow to $41 billion by 2022, an estimated CAGR of 18.3%.

  • Education technology is characterized by large shifts in technological demands and innovation.  Technologies such as (VR) virtual reality and (AR) augmented reality are showcasing a user-centric product development strategy from manufacturers.
  • Educational technologies serve as an excellent way to deliver multimedia and interactive course content to today’s generation of digitally connected students.
  • Strategic ICT partnerships that include streaming of education to students globally allow faster and easier ways for students to gain the knowledge needed to excel in school and business.  Companies like Coursera, Udemy, Kahn Academy, edX, Lynda and others are leading the charge.
  • ICT technologies are quickly creating concern from traditional legacy educational facilities who are trying to compete in direct ways.  Others are trying to participate
  • Proprietary technologies are rapidly seeing their way into the educational technology sector to compete with ICT solutions and increase company valuations and ROI.
  • More advanced technologies are also making their way into educational products and services, including:

    • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Intelligence
    • Big Data
    • Data Analytics

The use of Analytics, Big Data and AI can develop predictive models and address learning needs by teaching via personalized education where custom content can be created quickly and in some cases for each student based on responses to past activities and assessments.

Financial Services

The Financial Services market sector includes activities such as lending, investment management, insurance, brokerages, payments, and fund transfer services.

  • As outlined recently by The Business Research Company “The global financial services market” is valued at about $22 trillion.  One of the key takeaways is that “non-cash payments” (NCP) is a major portion of this value.
  • NCP are increasing in size and scope due to the availability of mobile systems, Internet connectivity, and new applications requiring the transfer of money.  Additionally, individual payments from one person to another have increased the need with technologies and companies like Venmo, Paypal and others.
  • According to the 2016 World Payments Report published by Capgemini, the global volume of non-cash payments reached $387.3 billion recording an 8.9% year-on-year growth.
  • Near-Field Communication (NFC) based mobile payments in developed and developing countries is increasing in number. The growth is driven by competition between payment card issuers, mobile operators, and smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, Google, and others.
  • According to market research company, Strategy Analytics, the transaction value of NFC-based mobile payments is expected to increase to US $240 billion in 2021.

In other areas of the financial services sector, three key technologies include Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Software Process Automation which together are driving the industry’s applications and use cases forward.

 

  • Artificial Intelligence allows users to build applications that enable easy communication between customers and their financial institution.  For example, chatbots can operate as a  human would, or interface with the clients to achieve various banking activities.
  • Robotic Process Automation creates automated solutions for the needs of clients and banking institutions alike.  It increases the opportunity for new rules-based applications.
  • Blockchain is a distributed database technology that enables transfer of data and assets.  The technology also tracks and records transactions between peers ensuring trust through encrypted protocols.  The technology also eliminates the need for 3rd party intermediaries.
  • Additional technologies include hybrid clouds/servers, open interfacing to 3rd party applications, digital experience portals, chatbots, advanced analytics, augmented & virtual reality, and new distribution methods.
  • Some of the technologies can dramatically impact financial services years down the road includes quantum computing which will dramatically increases the ability to perform complex processes and process larger amounts of information faster.

 

To learn more about Financial Services technologies, as well as critical patents & technologies available now at Liquidax either for acquisition, investment, or licensing contact Liquidax.

Healthcare

Technology within the healthcare system is moving at a rapid pace.  Below we outline the latest technologies disrupting the industry.

In addition to standalone technologies, some of the tech giants are also getting into the sector.  From Apple and Amazon to Google and Uber – many companies are adjusting their business models to commercialize new products and services.

  • The healthcare sector is large and consists of many moving parts and sub-sectors.  With that there are many technologies, new devices, services, and applications that are all working towards improving some aspect of the healthcare industry overall.
  • The sector consists of businesses that provide medical and/or healthcare solutions, those that manufacture medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical insurance, or those that help ensure healthcare to individuals, such as tele-health providers.
  • The US healthcare sector is different than those of other nations.  The US sector benefits from large amounts of R&D in cooperation with universities, private companies, and the technology industry overall.  The age of the US population and large number of seniors from the baby boomer generation are driving demand within the healthcare sector.
  • There are 4 major industries within the healthcare sector:
      • Drugs
      • Medical Equipment
      • Managed Healthcare
      • Healthcare Facilities
  • Some of the most disruptive technologies Liquidax is currently watching within the healthcare sector, include:
    • CRISPR Gene Editing
    • Liquid Biopsy
    • Internet of Things
    • 3-D Printing
    • Electronic Records
    • Tele-Health
    • Analytics
    • Augmented Reality
    • Virtual Reality
    • Biotech
    • Precision Medicine
    • Genome Sequencing
    • Bionics
    • Blockchain

*The above technology list specifically does not include COVID-19 advances.  Not enough knowledge is known or has been proven to be accepted onto the list.

Industrials

The Industrials Sector includes companies whose businesses Manufacture and Distribute Capital Goods that include Construction, Engineering & Building products, Electrical Equipment, Industrial Machinery.

  • The Industrials Sector is currently experiencing technology disruption.
  • Normally companies that make up the sector can weather these disruptions easily.  However, with the “market” being disrupted alongside of the technologies within – the headwinds will be pushing harder than ever before.
  • It will be important for leading companies to take advantage of innovation, technologies, and intellectual property assets to introduce new technological solutions within their industry to remain and stay competitive.
  • Industrial companies sell into all types of industries and sectors.  Examples of some of the larger industrial sector companies include:
    • Honeywell
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Xylem
    • Ametek
    • ITT
    • Ingersoll-Rand
    • TPI Composites
    • American Airlines
    • and others
  • Many of the same technologies disrupting other industries and sectors are driving change in the industrials sector.  They include:
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Digital Analytics
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Ubiquitous Connectivity
    • 5G
    • Alternative Energy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Autonomous Vehicles and Systems
    • Remote Applications
    • Mobile Systems
    • New Business Capabilities & Models
  • Performance and growth at many industrial companies has been anemic for years.  Analysts expect that upon companies properly integrating and using digital technologies that accelerated growth should take hold.
  • With the rapid access to new connectivity, AI and other digital technology solutions, certain companies are moving faster than their peers.  Those taking advantage of disruptive technologies across the enterprise and fully integrating into their business strategies will see faster and larger successes than those that do not.

Real Estate

The Real Estate (buildings) sector has historically been slow to adopt new innovative and disruptive technologies.  However, this is no longer true.  Liquidax sees many technologies being utilized within the Real Estate industry and more rapidly than in other capital-intensive sectors.

 

Anchored by a decade of robust US construction markets; those in the architectural, engineering and construction industries have been developing smart building technologies.

 

An outpouring of products and technologies for the operation, design, construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of buildings have made their way to the forefront of innovation.

  • Initially focused on automation and controls for lighting, HVAC, and security technology; developers then accelerated technologies that tailored these solutions for the comfort and convenience of people in the buildings.
  • Finally, a third phase of innovation focused on information systems, fabrication processes and facility management.

Now in addition – an eco-system of digital technologies are being brought together to ensure that individuals or a select group of individuals inside of a building can have their specific wants and needs met.

 

Listed below are key technologies being adopted and commercialized:

 

Liquidax monitors the following applications/types within the real estate sector:

Transportation

The transportation sector is valued at $1.3 Trillion and is defined as a group of companies that provide services to move people or goods. The sector consists of airlines, air freight, road and highways, trucks, and railways, logistics, and marine, ports and services.

    • Some of the larger more well-known companies in the industry include UPS, FedEx, Union Pacific, Old Dominion, XPO Logistics, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Delta, American Airlines, and Jet Blue.
  • In the last ten to fifteen years we have seen dramatic innovation across the sector.  A new wave of innovation, opportunities to obtain investment and a new way of thinking have created impressive opportunities and new business models.
  • On demand markets and services have added to the transportation sectors and increased value overall and importantly has driven much of the innovation.  The on-demand economy is driven by a need to have immediate access to products and services.  It is supported and buoyed by the mobile phone and ease of connectivity.
  • The rapid rise of digital systems, mobility & connectivity within the hands of consumers has driven innovation in many cases from the outside in. They create an ability for users of transportation systems to dream up new ways to move people and goods.  The co-opting of technologies from other industries also allows for rapid innovations.

Liquidax is currently working with clients in the space and leveraging technologies to build out technology and IP portfolios that provide added-value and strength to our client’s business models.  Below outlines technologies we are watching and/or working with.