The “Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Machine to Machine” (M2M) technologies will transform multiple industries over the coming decades. As the knowledge-based economy grows, primary assets include intellectual property. Over the past 8 years, John Nix, an inventor with success developing and monetizing several previous patent portfolios, has prepared and filed a portfolio of about 50 patent applications and patents. 9 patents and applications related to eSIM and the Smart Secure Platform were assigned to Huawei in 2020. 10 patents and applications related to Wi-Fi Easy Connect were assigned to Facebook in 2021.
The patent applications address several important and distinct classes of problems which require solutions for the continued expected growth of the “Internet of Things”. These patent applications are grouped into the following families, addressing different market needs:
I. Securely connecting IoT devices to WiFi networks, where manual entry of passwords and configuration is not practical for IoT devices with limited user interfaces;
II. Secure encryption key exchange for devices and networks, where a network can use a protected key server in the key exchange to enhance security;
III. Firmware transfer to a secure element. Future ETSI 5G networks and beyond are planning to operate SIM card functionality within a System-on-a-Chip, which is called an iSIM or iUICC. The overall functionality depends on secure distribution of firmware to the SoC. The distribution of firmware should also preferrably ECC and RSA based certificates in order to remain resistant to quantum computers.
IV. A new internal interface for a radio module to communicate with a processor in order to conserve power and/or enable new applications, such as a micro SD card directly connecting to 4G LTE networks (NB-IoT) using an antenna internal to the micro SD card (EIRP ~ 2 dBm); and,