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Sidewalk Labs ramps up patenting of technologies conceived for now-defunct Toronto smart city

Hanna Lee for The Logic
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In the year since Sidewalk Labs abandoned plans to build a high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto, the Alphabet subsidiary has been busy pursuing patents for innovations conceived for the Canadian smart city.

The New York-based company has published nine patent applications since it pulled out of Toronto in May 2020. While the patents describe technologies it pitched for the flagship project, none are registered in Canada, affirming some concerns that Toronto would simply be a test bed for Sidewalk’s innovations.

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