Protecting our Technology
Since our founding, Hive Streaming has been diligent in protecting our R&D by filing patent applications.
The drivers have been two-fold: First, having developed a high performing video distribution solution, we believe we have something worth protecting. Second, Hive Streaming has its roots in research and academia with a clear ambition to maintain those ties as the company grows and evolves. Employees with academic aspirations can pursue higher level masters and doctoral programs and publish their results, whilst still having an active role in product development.
Protection by obscurity has never been an option for Hive. We have consistently protected our innovation, using patent filing as a key part of our IPR strategy. Filing patents allow the company to protect important system concepts and features whilst also allowing employees pursuing an academic career to publish their results.
Looking at the numbers, our focus on protection has resulted in 14 patent families comprising 100+ members. In fact, Hive Streaming has 70+ national patents granted worldwide with nine granted patents in the U.S. and 50+ granted European patents in places such as Germany, Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands. We recently had our first patent granted in Russia!
While applying for and holding patents is a considerable expense for a start-up, we believe we’ve made the right decision; a pro-active IPR strategy has helped us to attract and retain highly talented people and build a relatively large patent portfolio. This IPR strategy, combined with an outstanding product, has helped to position us as a leading technology company in the field of video streaming.