Carl Pei left OnePlus in 2020 and headed for a new project to be revealed in 2021. It was announced here in 2021 that the company would be called “Nothing Technologies Limited”. Or just “nothing”. Today it was announced that Nothing has taken ownership of the remains of the smartphone technology company Essential from Android founder Andy Rubin.
Last week it was announced that Nothing had received funding from Alphabet’s VC-Arm. This week, 9to5Google found a number of listings in the UK Intellectual Property Office. It became known that Andy Rubin “signed” the ownership of Essential to Nothing Technologies Limited.
The process to transfer ownership of Essential to Nothing began in November 2020. It appears that all of Essential is now officially owned by Nothing – at least in the UK. UPDATE: According to UK records, reallocation of property was not between companies but between people – from Andy Rubin (ID 1528181) to Carl Pei (ID 1528125). The “Assignment Effective Date” was November 25, 2020, and the full assignment date was December 18, 2020.
This likely suggests that the companies have agreed to pool their efforts – or that Nothing has chosen to use the enormous sums of money they just received from donors to buy Essential for their patents. Since 2017 they have patented products such as “Mobile Device” and “Hone Assistant Device” as well as “Handheld Writing Implement Form Factor Mobile Device”.
ALSO NOTE: Essential Products, INC. According to the USPTO, continue to apply for patents through March 2018. Its most recently granted patent was in March 2020. Two patents were granted by the USPTO for Essential in March 2020, one for a “portable mobile device for adaptive vehicle operation”. The other was “modular light detection and distance measuring device of a car navigation system”. You have not yet been assigned to nothing.
UPDATE: Additional investors announced – Google Ventures, Steve Huffman (CEO, Co-Founder of Reddit), Kevin Lin (Co-Founder of Twitch), Josh Buckley (CEO of Product Hunt), Liam Casey (Founder and CEO of PCH), Paddy Cosgrave (Founder of Web Summit) and Casey Neistat (YouTuber). The company currently has job openings in Delhi, India, Shenzhen, China, Scockholm and London.
ALSO: There is a countdown timer on the homepage of Nothing That ends now at 4 a.m., February 16, 2021. It’s not yet clear what will happen when the timer runs out, but it looks like it has to do with Shopify. Maybe there is a shop on the site – we’ll see!