In this post, we take you through recent patent applications from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Roche, Merck, and Novartis.
Google Files a Patent Related to 3D Advertisements
US patent application 20200005361 discloses a method for advertising a 3D object in a web browser where the display of the advertisement includes at least a portion of the 3D object based on an initial default view; or a user selected view based on a query received from the user. The figure below illustrates an exemplary screenshot of advertising the 3D object in the web browser.
Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Generating Smart Replies Involving Image Files
US patent application 20200007475 describes a method for generating a smart reply to a message, comprising an image file and text within a GUI on a display screen of a mobile device. The figure below illustrates the generated smart replies being displayed as selectable options for replying to a message within the GUI of a mobile device.
Apple Eyes a Patent for Touch Based Interactive Learning Environment
US patent application 20200004414 discloses an interactive learning environment for software programming using a user interface on a touch sensitive surface of a device. The interface allows a user to write code using touch gestures. An example user interface is illustrated in the figure below.
Facebook Wants a Patent for a Method for Identifying Illegitimate Activities Based on Graph-based Distance Metrics
US patent application 20200007577 discloses a method of generating a node graph that includes edge nodes connecting several user account nodes. A distance score is calculated for each user account node to determine if a transaction is an illegitimate transaction based on the distance scores. The figure below depicts a functional block diagram associated with identification of illegitimate activity based on graph-based distance metrics.
IBM Aims to Patent a Music Practice Feedback System
US patent application 20200005664 discloses a music practice feedback system that forecasts an ability to retain playing-skills of sheet music by a user via machine learning and changing a display of the sheet music based on the forecasted ability. The figure below shows a high level flow chart for a music practice feedback method.
Intel Wants to Patent AI Inference on Protected Media Content in a Vision Processing Unit
US patent application 20200007931 relates to techniques for securely providing AI inference on protected video content in a vision processing unit. The technique includes decrypting encrypted video via a neural network processor and applying a machine learning model to the decrypted video content. Illustrations depict a machine learning model for application to a decrypted video frame to generate artificial intelligence inference data.
Boston Scientific Files Patents for Systems Related to Magnetic Tracking, and Luminal Tissue Treatment
US patent application 20200007173 describes a tracking system having a magnetic field transmitter assembly to track medical devices using generated magnetic fields and a sensor in the medical device to determine the location and orientation of the sensor in relation to a fixed frame of reference. The figure below shows a view of the magnetic tracking system.
Another US patent application, 20200000519, relates to a catheter system which includes a radially expandable member having a number of electrodes to engage diseased luminal tissue when the member expands, and means to energize the electrodes with a controller for inducing desirable temperature effects on body tissue. The image below depicts a balloon catheter system treating artery tissue.
Medtronic Seeks to Patent an Implantable Medical Pump with a Pressure Sensor
US patent application 20200001007 discloses a pressure sensor for an implantable medical device that detects fluid pressure based on a changing capacitance between two capacitive elements. The illustration below depicts a fluid delivery system for an implantable medical device (IMD) with a medical pump configured to deliver a therapeutic agent to a patient via a catheter.
Roche Aims to Patent a Method for User-Defined Structured Testing in Diabetes Care
US patent application 20200000385 describes a method for structure testing that involves presenting a patient with several contextual criteria for a structured test, receiving a selection of one or more contextual criterion from the list of contextual criterion, and constructing a structured test that includes the contextual criterion selected by the patient. The image below shows a patient with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), an ambulatory durable insulin infusion pump, an ambulatory non-durable insulin infusion pump, and a diabetes manager.
Merck Wants to Patent Anti-alpha V Integrin Antibody for Treating Fibrosis
US patent application 20200002424 discloses a method of treating fibrosis that involves administering an effective dose of anti-alpha v integrin antibody DI17E6, or a biologically active variant, wherein the effective dose is administered in a single dose as monotherapy.
Novartis Pursues a Patent on Biomarkers for Treating Pulmonary Hypertension
US patent application 20200002768 reveals a method of treating pulmonary hypertension in a patient by administering a therapeutically effective amount of a pulmonary hypertension antagonist if the patient has a statistical significant increased amount of CCL21 gene expression or CCL21 protein compared to the baseline value.