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This week’s newest patent applications are from Vicarious FPC, Abbott, Novartis, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Merck, Roche, PayPal, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, and Intel.

Vicarious Pursues a Patent on System for Controlling a Robot Using Visual Feedback

U.S. patent application, US20220024042, discloses a system for robot control using visual feedback. The system trains a generative model and controls the robot using the trained generative model. The system trains the generative model by sampling a set of images, determines feature pixel locations of the feature detected in the set of images, initializes the camera parameters, determines an action for the robot, and calculates optimized camera parameters for controlling the robot using the trained generative model. The figure below represents the system and the scene.

Abbott Wants a Patent for a Sensor Inserter Assembly

U.S. patent application, US20220022785, discloses a sensor inserter assembly for subcutaneously implanting an electrochemical glucose sensor into a patient. The inserter includes an insertion gun with a driving/retraction mechanism for driving or removing an introducer within the patient. The figure below illustrates a single-use sensor insertion kit.

Novartis Seeks a Patent for IL-1 Beta Binding Antibodies

U.S. patent application, US20220025036, relates to an intravenous or subcutaneous administration of IL-1 beta binding antibodies such as canakinumab or gevokizumab for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia.

Medtronic Aims to Patent a System for Registration Between Coordinate Systems and Navigation

U.S. patent application, US20220022979, discloses a system for registering coordinate systems and navigation for assisting in guiding and performing a procedure on a subject. The system includes manipulable or movable robotic systems that are registered to the selected coordinate systems using fiducial objects. The figure below illustrates the robotic system and a tracking system.

Boston Scientific Files a Patent for an Electroporation Catheter Having Tissue-Contactless Electrodes

U.S. patent application, US20220022954, relates to a catheter system for the ablation of tissue by electroporation. The catheter includes a shaft, an electrode assembly extending from the distal end of the shaft that is configured to assume a first collapsed state and a second expanded state, and an expandable component with a plurality of electrodes disposed on it. The figure below illustrates the catheter in an expanded state.

Merck Aims to Patent a Switchable Window Element

U.S. patent application, US20220026770, discloses a switchable window element that can be used as a window for a building or a vehicle. The window element includes a layered structure with switchable layers, two polarizers, and two optical retarders, where one polarizer and one optical retarder are arranged in an optical path before the switchable layer, and the second polarizer and second optical retarder are arranged in the optical path after the switchable layer.

Roche Seeks to Patent a Method for Manufacturing a Flexible Container

U.S. patent application, US20220024616, discloses a method for manufacturing a flexible container housing a drug substance. The method involves forming a first compartment of the container out of a flexible sheet-like material, filling a liquid into it and sealing it, then forming a second compartment of the container out of the flexible sheet-like material, and filling a dry drug formulation into it. The figure below shows the flexible container manufactured using this method.

PayPal Seeks to Patent a Method for Behavior-Based User Accounts Partitioning

U.S. patent application, US20220027921, discloses a method for identifying different users sharing a user account with an online service provider and dynamically providing different authentication and/or transaction processing based on behavioral profiles associated with the user account. The method includes generating different user profiles for the user account based on the past transactions and user devices that were used to conduct the past transactions and processing the incoming transaction requests associated with the user account based on the different user profiles.

IBM Aims to Patent a Method for Consolidating Personal Bills

U.S. patent application, US20220027876, describes a method for consolidating a plurality of personal bills from diverse financial sources to reflect the payments, expenses, and balances without duplication. The method includes identifying a set of bills of a user, determining a correlation of items in the identified set of bills using a machine learning algorithm, and generating a consolidated bill. The figure below illustrates the identified correlated instances of duplicate expenses in the collected bills.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for a Text Generation Model

U.S. patent application, US20220027577, discloses a text generation model converting a first natural language text into a second natural language with a style distinguishable from the first natural language text. The model uses modifiable parameters to convert the first natural language text into a third natural language having a style distinguishable from both the first and the second natural language text. The figure below depicts an interface for text stylization.

Apple Pursues a Patent on a Method for Navigation Using Augmented Reality

U.S. patent application, US20220026233, discloses a method for navigation using augmented reality. The method includes receiving route information from a route server, receiving a series of images captured by a camera along the route, analyzing the series of images to determine a horizon, identifying one or more designated lanes from the one or more available lanes, and displaying, to a user, the series of images along with a navigational layer superimposed over the images. The figure below shows a navigational layer superimposed over a captured image.

Intel Aims to Patent Autonomous Mobile Goods Transfer

U.S. patent application, US20220027852, discusses a method for automated exchange of goods between autonomous vehicles while the vehicles are still in motion. The method includes obtaining a request for an item indicating a delivery destination, identifying a first vehicle having the item, identifying a second vehicle having a route to the delivery destination, causing the first vehicle to navigate within the predetermined proximity of the second vehicle, and transferring the item from the first vehicle to the second vehicle. The figure below illustrates the autonomous transfer of an item from a truck to a passenger vehicle while moving.

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