On the CBI platform via our patent search engine, we could see that Walmart had quickly (early in 2017) filed for several patents related to identification of fresh produce and perishables.
(Note: if you’re a client with access to patent search, click here to see these patents.)
Last week, Walmart’s Parvez Musani announced Eden in a blog post on Walmart confirming what the patents filed in early 2017 had revealed. He wrote:
“Eden’s suite of apps helps Walmart associates better monitor and care for fresh fruits and vegetables that are waiting to be shipped from distribution centers to stores. That could mean more efficiently ripening bananas, predicting the shelf life of tomatoes while they’re still on the vine, or prioritizing the flow of green grocery items from the back of the store to the shelf.”
If you want a legal but unfair view into your competitor’s strategy, you should be analyzing their patents.
Analyzing does not mean reading individual patents.
The volume and length of patents (thousands of pages) makes them too large a dataset for human cognition.