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Liquidmetal higher after new Apple patent applications uncovered

  • MacRumors has discovered a batch of new Apple patent applications, included 17 published last Thursday, related to the use of Liquidmetal (LQMT +9.2%) alloys. The applications cover button/switch pressure sensors, tamper-resistant screws, and touch sensor substrates, among other potential use cases.
  • Liquidmetal shares, which made new 52-week highs last week before retreating, have rallied again on the pink sheets. Shares also moved higher  in November in response to Apple patent applications covering Liquidmetal usage.
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  • Anax
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    There are more insights on this technology on http://bit.ly/1lZjn7k
    14 Jan, 07:13 AM Reply Like
  • Tales From The Future
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    Thanks, interesting stuff.

     

    I usually don't care abut OTC stocks, but LQMT has two large consumer companies interested and contracts signed off (Swatch and AAPL).

     

    Unfortunately, it seems to take much longer than anticipated to mass-produce items using the technology...
    14 Jan, 08:21 AM Reply Like
  • AppleRND
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    All this iphone 6 and extra patents are gravy on top of an Apple/Liquid Metal 3D printer. That is the revolutionary items these two companies are working on.
    14 Jan, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • Glenway Fripp
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    Apple does have a huge interest in finding applications that use LQMT. Apple has an exclusive arrangement with LQMT stating the LQMT may not be used for other computer uses that compete with Apple; Apple has a monopoly on LQMT use in computer devises. If Apple comes up with any use of LQMT that is innovative and relies on characteristics specific to LQMT that usage will he hard, if not impossible, to duplicate. based on the article posted by ANAX,I doubled up with my shares this morning and will hold for a year.

     

    As for LQMT being used for a medium for 3D printing; not possible. LQMT requires rapid cooling to freeze it into an amorphous state. The group at LQMT are materials experts and could come up with other metals suitable for the task.

     

    Thanks all!
    15 Jan, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • bstox
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    Did double your shares of AAPL or LQMT?
    23 Jan, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • Glenway Fripp
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    O!! Sorry.... I doubled my shares of LQMT.
    24 Jan, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • John L. Cameron
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    A long case for LQMT: http://tinyurl.com/mr4...
    23 Jan, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • auriolus
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    But whatever use Apple has for LQMT alloy what is LQMT company going to get out of it? My understanding is: nothing. LQMT granted perpetual rights to AAPL, so even if they cram this stuff in all MacBooks, iPods, iPads and iPhones... is has $0.00 impact for LQMT. No?
    29 Jan, 06:38 AM Reply Like
  • User 19601561
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    Even if your right which i doubt will be the case, the stock price will still easily triple if there is any news that Apple is using LQMT in their products.
    16 Feb, 01:31 PM Reply Like
  • Carsonator
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    Well, while it's not as sexy as selling patent rights, of course there is the old-fashioned way of making money: selling your product at a good margin.

     

    The problem with that is that LQMT has only one potential customer in the computer industry by virtue of signing the agreement with Apple. There's only one thing worse than having one supplier for a key product and that's having only one customer for it. ;)
    16 Mar, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • Carsonator
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    Well, while licensing patents is sexy, they could make money the old-fashioned way which is to sell their product at a good margin.

     

    However, having an exclusive agreement with Apple is problematic because there's only one thing that's worse than having just one supplier for a product or service and that's having only one customer for it. True it would be limited to the computer industry, but the way that could be broadly interpreted is potentially stifling to sales. Who wants to get in a legal conflict with a company that has more money than God?
    16 Mar, 09:43 PM Reply Like
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