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AMAZON RECEIVES PATENT FOR PACKAGE DELIVERING ROBOTS

By Joseph Mandour on January 24, 2020

San Diego – Amazon has recently been awarded a patent which details how robots might one day deliver packages to your front door.  The patent reveals how a self-driving vehicle with a robot on board along with multiple boxes in protective compartments would be programmed to travel into a residential area to make multiple deliveries.  It is also confirmed that the robot would also be able to pick up items for return, too.  <!–more–>

The patents fits into an Amazon patent portfolio which includes patents for drone deliveries and automated grocery stores that automatically check you out as you leave the store.

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TESLA FILES PATENT FOR LASERS ON VEHICLES

By Joseph Mandour on December 19, 2019

Los Angeles – Tesla has filed a patent application related to mounting lasers on vehicles. The proposed laser on future Tesla products would remove debris from any glass surface on the vehicle.

The idea behind the patent holds a lot of potential value. Vehicles, especially Tesla vehicles, are being equipped with more glass products than in the past. It’s not just the windshield and windows anymore. Modern vehicles have a glass windshield, windows, on cameras, in solar panels, etc. The more technology that is added to cars, the more glass is going to play a role in the design.

Tesla’s proposed patent is suggesting that there are othe Read the rest

AMAZON ALEXA PATENT WILL RECORD EVEN BEFORE WAKE WORD

By Joseph Mandour on May 30, 2019

Los Angeles – If you’ve already had concerns about your privacy when it comes to Amazon’s Alexa devices or other smart speakers, don’t read this. Presently, Amazon’s smart speaker devices are engaged when you say “Alexa,” or whatever you set the wakeword to be. For example, if you said, “Alexa, shuffle Adele,” the speaker would start recording what you said after “Alexa” to get the information needed to process your request. This means that the device will only send your recorded voice to Amazon’s servers after you activated the device. Functioning under these restrictions provides a relatively formal system of communicating with a machin Read the rest

U.S. SUPREME COURT INCREASES REVIEW OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASES

By Joseph Mandour on January 11, 2019

San Diego – Historically speaking, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has heard relatively few intellectual property cases. However, in recent years this trend appears to be changing. In fact, the October 2018 term has five IP cases on the docket. The outcome of the cases could have huge ramifications for businesses and their ability to protect intellectual Property assets.

Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC
This case concerns issues related to the effect of bankruptcy on intellectual property licenses and more specifically how bankruptcy effects a trademark license. The case will resolve a c Read the rest

NEW WALMART PATENT WILL MONITOR AND RECORD CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES

By Joseph Mandour on July 18, 2018

Orange County – On July 10th, 2018, Walmart filed a patent for audio surveillance technology for quality assurance purposes. According to the patent, sound sensors will be used to collect audio data to help improve the customer experience by focusing on the details of shoppers such as how long they stand in line, beeps of the scanners, rustle of bags, and even the conversations they have.
Sam Lester, a consumer privacy lawyer for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., says, “This is a very bad idea, if they do decide to implement this technology, the first thing we would want and expect is to know which privacy expec Read the rest

SUPREME COURT APPROVES LEGALITY OF PATENT REVIEW PROCESS

By Joseph Mandour on May 3, 2018

Orange County – Last week the US Supreme Court approved the inter partes review (IPR) process for patents, which many believe helps high-tech companies fight patent infringement lawsuits and “patent trolls” more easily and at a lower cost. The justices ruled 7-2 that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office’s in-house patent review does not violate a defendant’s right under the U.S. Constitution to have a case judged by a jury and federal court.
Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch disagreed with the ruling. The case arose when Oil States International Inc., a Houston based company, disputed the legality of the inter partes review Read the rest

NIKE FILES PATENT FOR FUTURISTIC GOLFING GLASSES

By Joseph Mandour on March 15, 2018

Los Angeles – On Thursday, March 8th 2018, Nike filed a patent application for golfing glasses that show all types of data while playing. The glasses would allow golfers to track their ball and read putting greens with a heads-up display. Needless to say, if the glasses work as claimed, for golfers they could become as ubiquitous as golfing shoes and a visor.

Along with the patent, Nike filed a diagram illustrating a hi-tech golf ball which would communicate with the glasses. When paired together, the golf ball will send information back to the person wearing the glasses. The glasses have a display on a small screen so the golfer will be able to check the data seamless Read the rest

AMAZON WRISTBAND PATENT ALLOWS IT TO TRACK MOVEMENTS OF EMPLOYEES

By Joseph Mandour on February 8, 2018

San Diego – Amazon has won two patents for wristbands that inform employers what their employees are doing. The patents were originally filed in 2016 and were published on January 30, 2018. The wristband can track employee movement including how active the employee is which would be a measurement of productivity. The wristband could also track how often the employee took breaks, visited a restroom, and can even vibrate when a task is performed incorrectly or if an employee becomes too inactive.

Amazon has been known for testing products internally before putting them on the market. The patent descriptions vigilantly outline that the tracking wristbands are not to Read the rest

BILL GATES AND INTELLECTUAL VENTURES SEEK PATENT FOR SENSOR-FILLED HELMET

By Joseph Mandour on January 16, 2017

San Diego – Bill Gates and 20 other inventors filed a patent for a high-technology football helmet equipped with sensors and a processing circuit. The goal of the helmet is to try to minimize the head trauma injuries that are plaguing the football world.

The helmet has two separate features. First, the helmet is structurally designed to reduce forces, torques, and accelerations to the player’s head during collisions that occur during the game. This design is intende Read the rest

#WALMART SEEKS #PATENT FOR ROBO-SHOPPING CART

By Joseph Mandour on September 19, 2016

shopping-cartsOrange County – Advancements in technology today continue to soar to new levels. Walmart has filed for a patent that would bring consumers a whole new experience at the grocery store. The patent is for “a robotic device that would create self-driving shopping carts, giving customers free hands while they shop.”

If the patent is approved, robo-carts would be summoned by customers, respond to voice commands and use scanners to no Read the rest

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