APPLE RECEIVES PATENT FOR IPHONE THAT IS ENTIRELY A SCREEN
San Diego – Apple was granted a patent for a button-less phone with a wrap-around screen the encompasses the entire phone. The innovative design is intended to take better advantage of phone space and to remove fixed buttons, such as the volume controls that are usually externally located on the sides.
The iPhone’s design would still allow for key elements of smartphones, such as microphones and a camera. Instead of buttons, however, everyth Read the rest
GOOGLE GRANTED PATENT FOR AUTO ADHESIVE FOR COLLISIONS WITH PEDESTRIANS
Los Angeles – Google has been granted a patent for a system that would adhere victims of auto collisions to a self-driving vehicle. The adhesive material would be placed on the hood and bumper of a car, the locations where a pedestrian is most likely to be hit. The adhesive would be hidden under a protective layer on the vehicle, most likely a top coating, separated by an air gap.
In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the impact would expose the adhesive and make contact with the pedestrian directly. Adhering the crash victim to the car reduces the risk of a “secondary collision.” This happens when a stricken pedestrian could be thrown ov Read the rest
#SONY FILES #PATENT FOR SMART CONTACT LENS WITH CAMERA CAPABILITIES
San Diego – Smart contact lenses serving as cameras triggered by blinking may soon become a reality. Sony recently became the third company, following Google and Samsung, to file a patent for a high-tech contact lens containing a camera and sensors.
Sony filed for the patent back in May 2013, but the information on the patent only recently surfaced. I Read the rest
SEQUENOM PATENT ON PRENATAL DNA TEST REMAINS INVALID
San Diego – Interpretations of a Supreme Court decision led the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to refuse to reconsider its decision invalidating a Sequenom Inc., prenatal DNA test patent.
San Diego based Sequenom is a company focused on molecular genetic laboratory work, specializing in prenatal care. Sequenom got a non-invasive prenatal diagnosis patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540), that that was later ruled as not being patent eligible. The court used precedent set by the Supreme Court’s Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories in its decision.
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SEQUENOM PRENATAL TEST PATENT RULED INVALID
San Diego – Sequenom is a bio-tech company based in San Diego. Recently, its patent for pre-natal testing was held invalid by a Federal Circuit Judge on the grounds that it is not patent eligible because it is naturally occurring.
The popular test is called MaterniT21 and works by testing the mother’s blood. The test specifically locates pieces of fetal DNA within the mother’s blood that could show signs of defects, Down Syndrome, or other complications.
This newer test is popular as it is one of the first non-invasive tests available. Because it is non-invasive it also poses a far les Read the rest
FORD ALLOWS COMPETITORS ACCESS TO PATENTS
Los Angeles – In the interest towards development, Ford Motors is allowing competitors to access its patents regarding electric and hybrid vehicles technology. In 2014 alone, Ford submitted over 400 patents relating to electric vehicles. In addition, Ford has already been awarded over 650 such patents, with an additional 1,000 patents currently pending.
Among the patents that will be made available is a patent for battery and charge balancing which can maximize the capacity of the battery, and one for “driving behavior feedback” which can allow drivers to adopt more fuel-efficient methods when driving.
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GOOGLE RECEIVES PATENT FOR CREEPY TOY
San Diego – Recently there has been a proliferation of devices that are connected to the Internet and of apps that remotely control those devices. For example, your thermostat can be controlled via a smart phone from your couch or even when you are away from home. These newest gadgets are referred to as “Internet of Things” (IoT).
The idea behind the Internet of Things is that pretty much anything can transfer data over an Internet connection without the use of a computer or physically touching the device.
Amazon’s Echo is an example of a popular IoT. Through the Echo device, one is Read the rest
AMAZON PATENTS DRONE DELIVERY SYSTEM
San Diego – The days of receiving Amazon goods via a man-maneuvered truck may soon become antiquated. Amazon was recently awarded a patent from the USPTO for its latest idea- “a system for aerial delivery”.
The entire system is not yet available. However, the patent does specifically describe that upon receipt of a delivery request, an unmanned drone will then be sent to deliver the package. The drone will also be able to navigate and change its path, just in case animals, humans, or any other obstacles are met along the way.
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APPLE WATCH APPEARANCE AWARDED A DESIGN PATENT
Orange County – Apple filed a design patent application in August of last year to protect the basic appearance of the Apple Watch which has now been accepted by the USPTO. The patent application was submitted just a month before its unveiling announcement.
The patent attempts to protect the overall look of the Apple Watch. Apple received a similar design patent for its iPad and iPhone which essentially protect a rectangular shape with rounded edges. For the Apple Watch, Apple filed for a square shape with rounded edges. The design patent also protects the placement and appearance of the crown Read the rest
APPLE’S LATEST PATENT TO ALLOW APP SHARING IN REAL TIME
San Diego – While desktop computers allow multiple users to share and collaborate on a single application in real time, such a feature has been limited with mobile devices. With Apple’s latest patent, this idea is now mobile. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently granted Apple a patent that allows two or more iPhone or iPad users to collaborate and work from the same app in real time.
Unlike some of Apple’s programs such as Continuity and Handoff which allow users to save their progress in an app, and pick up where they left off on another device, this invent Read the rest