Spotlight on IP: Patent Agreements Signed with National Weather Service, WDT
AccuWeather announced two groundbreaking Intellectual Property agreements, demonstrating AccuWeather’s proprietary technology innovation and leadership. By partnering with AccuWeather, our customers have access to exclusive content and technologies to grow and expand their businesses, exclusively available from AccuWeather. AccuWeather and its affiliated technology limited partnerships own or have exclusive rights to a worldwide portfolio of nearly 200 patents and pending applications.
Under a licensing agreement with the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), a division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), AccuWeather granted NWS the right to use two of its unique technology patents. In addition, Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT) has signed a patent licensing agreement with AccuWeather that gives WDT the ability to utilize over 50 of AccuWeather’s unique patents.
AccuWeather’s unique patented technologies help to geographically pinpoint observed weather conditions and other observed events. These technologies allow for information on the events to be delivered to individuals through the use of mobile devices. This capability for providing forecasts and warnings on hazardous weather conditions will be utilized in collaboration with the NWS.
“The National Weather Service and AccuWeather have worked closely together to ensure the safety of businesses and individuals across the United States, helping citizens to become better prepared for severe weather,” said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this ground-breaking government and weather industry partnership and thank our colleagues at the NWS for their diligence and dedication, joining together to bring the advantage of AccuWeather’s proprietary technologies forward to improve people’s lives.”
Myers added, “The license value of AccuWeather’s technology patents is worth upwards of seven figures per license, but AccuWeather provided this license to the NWS at no cost, as a public service.”
Barry Lee Myers is the leading expert in enhanced cooperation between government and the weather industry. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Government Relations Officer of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association, the weather industry’s trade association. He also has served as advisor to four separate directors of the U.S. National Weather Service.
“This is a wonderful step forward in terms of cooperative efforts to help protect and inform people and businesses throughout the United States,” said Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, President, and Chairman of AccuWeather. “A strong relationship between the NWS and AccuWeather ensures greater availability of the most detailed and accurate severe weather information possible, protecting the lives and property of enterprises and individuals throughout the country.”
As one of the first and most noted Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors, AccuWeather has promoted NWS’ message of severe weather readiness to its national and global audience.
The new licensing agreement with WDT grants WDT the right to use AccuWeather’s patents with all mobile, wireless, and wearable devices; smart TVs; connected vehicles, boats, and aircraft; in social networking opportunities; and in weather-triggered marketing applications. While the terms of the actual license agreement are confidential, the royalties are size and use based and extend beyond the seven-figure range over the life of the license.
AccuWeather’s IP licensing programs make it possible for partners to benefit from AccuWeather’s unique, expanding IP portfolio and capabilities to help improve people’s lives. For more information on available patents and flexible licensing programs, call 814-235-8600.