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NIKE GOLF SUBMITS PATENT FOR NEW TRACKER BALL

By Joseph Mandour on January 16, 2015

Golf-sandtrapSan Diego – Nike Golf may be on the verge of creating a new golf ball that could revolutionize how golfers at all levels play and practice.

Thanks to ever increasing technological advances, golfers are now better able to track and get immediate feedback about their game. Over the past few years, a number of companies have offered different mechanisms to improve one’s golf game. Arccos Golf built a tracking device that connects sensors on your clubs and body to Bluetooth and allows you to track your shots from your phone immediately after you swing the club. Other devices require the pl Read the rest

APPLE GETS PATENT FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL IPHONE WITH MOTION SENSORS

By Joseph Mandour on December 19, 2014

iphoneSan Diego – Apple has won a patent for a touch-free mobile device screen that uses a graphical user interface or GUI to orient images based on the viewer’s perspective. The first time consumers were introduced to this technology was with Amazon’s Fire phone. However, Fire phone did not exactly turn out to be a raging success for Amazon.

A reactive 3D display was one of the top features of the Fire phone and has been featured in other Android devices. But so far, consumers have not taken to it because no significant application has been developed for it. Apple first filed its patent application for Read the rest

APPLE SEEKS PATENT FOR NEW KIND OF DIGITAL REMOTE CONTROL

By Joseph Mandour on October 10, 2014

remotecontrolSan Diego – Apple has filed patent application for a new kind of digital remote control partly because Apple believes that remote controls used today are outdated. The remote controls that we use now were designed when channels only had numbers. However, now, many of the streaming services use graphic interfaces to show viewers their offerings such as movies and television shows.

With the technology of the future in mind, Apple submitted a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March 2013 for a new kind of remote control for its Apple TV set-top box that uses icons Read the rest

ITC RULES FOR APPLE IN SAMSUNG IPHONE, IPAD PATENT CHALLENGE

By Joseph Mandour on September 14, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement California — Apple Inc.’s iPhones and iPads do not infringe on any Samsung Electronics Co. patents, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge said Friday, marking another win for Apple in its global patent war with its South Korean rival.

Samsung initiated the Section 337 investigation with the ITC last year, alleging Apple has been importing into the U.S. electronic devices including wireless communication devices, portable music and data devices and tablet computers, namely the iPhone and iPad, that infringe Samsung’s patents.

ITC Administrative Law Judge James Gildea’s initial determination in the case found no vio Read the rest

TESLA AND AMAZON FOUNDERS CLASH OVER SPACE FLIGHT PATENT

By Joseph Mandour on September 11, 2014

rocket-enginesLos Angeles – Elon Musk’s SpaceX is challenging a patent awarded to Blue Origin, a space venture that is being backed by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos. Musk’s company has petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking to overturn a patent awarded to Blue Origin’s method for landing booster rockets at sea. The company argues that this is not novel in the field of launching and recovering rockets and therefore it does not warrant a patent.


The procedure that is claimed in Blue Origin’s patent was considered R Read the rest

LENOVO FILES PATENT FOR WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY SIMILAR TO GOOGLE GLASS

By Joseph Mandour on July 14, 2014

Glass-googleLos Angeles – Lenovo has filed a U.S. patent for a head-mounted wearable, which could potentially compete against the much-talked-about Google Glass. The patent is for wearable eyewear that has touch-based navigation, light-pump video-on-demand displays on dual screens, as well as a video and audio recorder. The displays are meant to give users “an augmented reality display” on the screen featured in their glasses.

In addition to these features, Lenovo’s glasses also have conduction microphones in the earpieces, which would make wireless communication possible. The way these m Read the rest

TESLA ALLOWS OTHERS TO USE PATENT PORTFOLIO

By Joseph Mandour on June 26, 2014

teslaOrange County – In what has been hailed as a bold and unprecedented move, Tesla Motors is opening its patent portfolio in hopes of encouraging other automakers to create new electric vehicles. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, said Tesla will not pursue patent lawsuits against anyone who wants to use its electric car technology “in good faith.” Musk says the “wall of patents” has been removed “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.” Musk made the announcement at the Palo Alto-based company’s annual shareholder meeting this month. Read the rest

APPLE RECEIVES PATENT ON A DROP-PROOF IPHONE

By Joseph Mandour on June 16, 2014

iphone-appsOrange County – Apple is renowned for its forward thinking patents. Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the company a patent for a special construction process that involves sapphire glass displays and LiquidMetal. The patent approval happened soon after Apple announced that it has exclusive rights to LiquidMetal’s unique alloy until 2015. LiquidMetal is a “bulk amorphous alloy” that looks like metal in liquid form, but moves like molten plastic. Despite its name it is not liquid at room temperature. So far, it’s been used to make items such as SIM card ejectors, military Read the rest

SONY SEEKS PATENT RELATED TO HOUSEHOLD ROBOTS

By Joseph Mandour on May 29, 2014

robotOrange County – Back in 2006, Sony closed down its entertainment robotics division when consumers gave its egg-shaped robotic music player, dubbed Rolly, the cold shoulder. It seemed at the time that Sony was done with robots. But, a recently published patent application suggests that the Japanese electronics giant still sees a future for household robots. In fact, a recent patent application (No. 20140074292) describes a robot that looks like the company’s humanoid robot.

The patent mentions Japan’s rapidly aging population pointing out the need for a robot that can perform not only tasks around the hou Read the rest

NEW PATENT FILINGS SUGGEST GOOGLE MAY HAVE ITS SIGHTS SET ON SMART CONTACTS

By Joseph Mandour on May 14, 2014

Contact lens bended in right directionOrange County – Move over Google Glass! By the looks of recent patent filings, the tech powerhouse seems to be on to its next big thing – eyeing a new product that would enhance contact lenses with technology such as a camera and sensory input monitoring system.

According to the patent, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO) in April, the lenses would be powered by a tiny computer chip that is able to sense light, colors, motion and even faces, without obstructing the vision of the wearer. Using algorithms that log the person&# Read the rest

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