If there’s one patent that I hope an automaker shelves for the remainder of human existence, it’s Ford’s patent for an autonomous police car.
In March, Bank of America (BoA) filed a patent application titled “System and Method for Wire Transfers Using Cryptocurrency .” The application was published on September 17 by the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office.
Microsoft was granted a patent last week by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of glasses that can detect a wearer’s emotional response to what they’re looking at.
The U.S. economy has lost $1.1 billion due to inaction on the issue during the Senate’s two week recess.
After almost three weeks of heated debate the Senate Judiciary Committee left for April Recess on the doorstep of an historic deal to curb the scurrilous practices of patent trolls.
Apple wants to measure your mood through body sensors, user habits, and consumer data.
Apple wants to know more about its users–specifically how they are feeling, to be able to better serve ads. A patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows Apple is looking at the possibility of measuring users’ mood to better target content.
Google to offer free rides in self-driving cars for shoppers.
Self-driving cars have a lot to do with Google’s core business selling ads. Google was just awarded a patent for an ad-powered taxi service. The patent would allow advertisers to offer potential customers a free ride to their place of business.
Google wants you to gesture when you drive.
Google wants to take advantage of our ability to make gestures. Google will be able to read and decipher any number of gesture commands by mounting a camera in your car’s ceiling and a laser in your dashboard. Swiping downward near your window will roll it down for you, while pointing to the radio will pump up the music.
One common problem with electric cars is there is a lack of charging stations to charge the cars on long drives. “After you run out of battery power, a small four-cylinder engine runs a generator to extend the range of the car for another 300 or 400 miles, and you can always just keep putting more gas into it to keep on going,” writes Evan Ackerman.
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act.
On March 16, 2013, the third and final wave of provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) became effective. This completes the overhaul of the U.S. patent law that began with the enactment of the AIA on September 16, 2011. The United States will move to a first-to-file system with these provisions. It will greatly expand the definition of prior art and usher in the use of post grant review.
The smart home of the future will need a way to sense who its residents are and what they’re doing. One way to do so may be through the floor.
Nokia’s idea would involve semi-permanent markings on the user’s body.
A patent application was filed by Nokia that would involve users having vibrating magnetic tattoos that alert them to incoming mobile phone calls or text messages.
Under a bill signed by President Barack Obama in September, Denver is a “very strong candidate” for a new satellite patent office. John Bryson, the newly confirmed secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced the news Wednesday during a Colorado visit.