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Background

Hilco Streambank is soliciting offers to acquire a portfolio of intellectual property assets built around seminal technology addressing the mobile device case industry devices (inclusive of but not limited to phones, tablets and laptops). The intellectual property includes a valuable patent portfolio with broad claims covering mobile device cases, registered trademark, domain names and eCommerce website, marketing materials, customer database, and social media accounts.

Assets For Sale


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Patents

  • Two issued US utility patents with broad claims covering electronic mobile device case technologies to support current developments in handheld screen utilization and damage resistance.
  • Three issued US design patents for electronic mobile device cases, which capture the unique style of current and next generation devices.
  • Continuation patent application pending, preserving priority date of originally filed application and ability to claim additional utility and design concepts disclosed therein. Examination by USPTO expected in the first half of 2018.
  • International Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application has progressed to national stage, with individual patent applications pending in Japan, Australia, Canada & Mexico and published in Europe. Based on issued US patents, inventions claimed in foreign patent applications are eligible for fast-track examination in each of the foregoing regions.

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Brandable Trademarks

  • Registered in the United States and Japan.

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Branded Domains & eCommerce Website

  • Several branded domain names.
  • State-of-the-Art eCommerce enabled Wordpress website platform, custom designed and relaunched to coincide with product introduction in March 2017.

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Social Media

  • The brand maintains an active presence on key social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube, with ongoing messaging targeted to millennial customers.

Industry Information*

In just 5 years, the smartphone case market has grown significantly, from an estimated $1 billion per year industry to nearly a $9 billion per year industry today. In 2016, more than 1.5 billion smartphones were sold with nearly 30% of the world’s population owning a smartphone. That number is expected to approach 40% by 2020.

Touch Screen technology continues to evolve, making smart device screens more robust, crack-resistant, and offering greater functionality. Manufacturers, such as Apple®, Samsung®, LG®; and Xiaomi® are increasing screen coverage and navigational area on smart devices across the board, even expanding to the sides of smart devices in some models. Apple iPhoneX, Samsung Edge Series, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Google Pixel 2XL are a few examples of new devices that offer greater screen coverage or functionality on the curved portion of the screen. Reducing and ultimately eliminating the bezel on the phone means more space for photo and video content, furthering the evolution of devices from mere phones to entertainment portals.

Sources Of Value

The Company’s patents and designs enable the development and construction of sleek protective cases for electronic mobile devices that eliminate the need for a bezel adjacent to the screen. The Company’s patented technology is perfectly positioned for the development of protective cases that are compatible with modern screen technology and next generation mobile devices. These utilities enhance accessibility to screen-enabled features for users and provide uninterrupted access to any device screen (particularly well-suited to the newer wrap-around screen technology) without sacrificing maximum protection from impact. The value of these utilities will continue to be enhanced as smart device manufacturers develop and expand upon functions that might reside on or utilize the back of the device. This technology also addresses a major development barrier in smart device technology, namely heat mitigation, due to increased power usage and computing power in thin smart devices. A purchaser would also benefit from the current owner’s protection and promotion of the trademarks and brand, as well as the acquired goodwill of the brand.

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Sale Process

More information concerning the Intellectual Property is available to parties under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Please contact Hilco Streambank to learn more:


*Industry data for mobile devices and cases was derived from statista.com, Gartner and NPD.