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#APPLE #PATENT WILL DETER THEFT OF DEVICES BY TAKING PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND FINGERPRINTS

By Joseph Mandour on August 31, 2016

fingerLos Angeles – Stolen Apple devices, such as iPhones or tables, may soon record and send identifying information about the thief to the device’s owner, aiding law enforcement in the identification and prosecution of thieves. This capability is discussed in a patent filed by Apple and published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office titled “biometric capture for unauthorized user identification.”

The patent discusses the problem of unauthorized users accessing a device. While Apple’s technology already attempts to minimize the chances of unauthorized use, such as setting up passcodes and an automatic wiping of the device after a set numb Read the rest

#GOOGLE SEEKS A #PATENT FOR A SMART #CRIB

By Joseph Mandour on July 14, 2016

babyOrange County – In the recent past, audio and then video monitoring of newborn babies was considered cutting edge technology. However, a new patent application filed by Google makes those advances seem quaint. Google’s patent application shows where baby monitoring technology is going which is hopefully to a place where serious concerns for parents like SIDS become a thing of the past.

Smart baby monitoring products are already on the market, but these products are either attached to the baby, integrated into the baby’s clothing, or set up under or near the baby’s crib. In contrast, Google’s crib would integrate these technological features into th Read the rest

APPLE RECEIVES PATENT FOR IPHONE THAT IS ENTIRELY A SCREEN

By Joseph Mandour on June 17, 2016

apple-storeSan 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, h Read the rest

GOOGLE GRANTED PATENT FOR AUTO ADHESIVE FOR COLLISIONS WITH PEDESTRIANS

By Joseph Mandour on May 25, 2016

automobileLos 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 cou Read the rest

SEQUENOM PATENT ON PRENATAL DNA TEST REMAINS INVALID

By Joseph Mandour on December 9, 2015

dna-strandSan 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 de Read the rest

SEQUENOM PRENATAL TEST PATENT RULED INVALID

By Joseph Mandour on June 23, 2015

dna-strandSan 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 Read the rest

FORD ALLOWS COMPETITORS ACCESS TO PATENTS

By Joseph Mandour on June 16, 2015

fordLos 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 dr Read the rest

GOOGLE RECEIVES PATENT FOR CREEPY TOY

By Joseph Mandour on June 4, 2015

Teddy bearSan 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 Read the rest

AMAZON PATENTS DRONE DELIVERY SYSTEM

By Joseph Mandour on May 19, 2015

drone deliverySan 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.

Consumers should not be worried Read the rest

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