Published On: August 27th, 2021Categories: IP Management, Patent Applications, Patents

iRobot pursues a patent on methods to control an autonomous mobile robot. This week’s newest patent applications are from iRobot, Abbott, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Roche, Merck, Mastercard, IBM, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

iRobot Pursues a Patent on Methods to Control an Autonomous Mobile Robot

U.S. patent application, US20210260773, discloses a method for controlling operations of an autonomous mobile robot maneuverable within a home. The method includes establishing wireless communication between the robot and a remote computing system and, in response to receiving a wireless command signal from the remote computing system, initiating one or more operations of the robot. The autonomous mobile robot is remote from an audio media device that is capable of receiving and emitting audio. The remote computing system associates the identification data of the robot with the identification data of the audio media device. The wireless command signal corresponds to an audible user command received by the audio media device. The figure below illustrates the control system.

Abbott Eyes a Patent for Antimicrobial and Microstatic Sensor Systems

U.S. patent application, US20210260257, discloses an on-body analyte sensor system that includes an electronic housing and a plug assembly. The surface of the housing or the plug assembly includes antimicrobial agents which are coated, impregnated, or mixed into the housing or assembly. The figure below illustrates the plug assembly.

Medtronic Aims to Patent Cryotherapeutic Devices for Renal Neuromodulation

U.S. patent application, US20210259755, discloses cryotherapeutic systems for intravascular modulation of renal nerves. The system includes an elongated shaft having a distal portion with a cooling assembly, and a liquid refrigerant supply lumen. The cooling assembly includes a refrigerant distributor and a balloon to deliver cryotherapeutic cooling to the treatment site. The figures below show the distal portion of the shaft and the cooling assembly in the delivery and deployed state.

Boston Scientific Files a Patent for a Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Device

U.S. patent application, US20210260370, discloses a device for treating cancerous tumors within bodily tissue specifically in the pancreas using an electric field generating circuit and control circuitry for controlling the delivery of the electric fields through electrodes in a stimulation lead. The figure below illustrates the medical device placed in the pancreas.

Roche Eyes a Patent for Antisense Oligonucleotides

U.S. patent application, US20210261961, discloses antisense oligonucleotides targeting T cell-restricted intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1) pre-mRNA sequences which are effective in treating neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Merck Files a Patent for a Photoresist Composition Containing Si Layer(s)

U.S. patent application, US20210263414, relates to a photoresist composition for manufacturing a photoresist coating, an etched photoresist coating, and an etched silicon-containing layer. The composition includes a polymer, a photoacid generator, a compound comprising unit EO, a unit PO, and a solvent.

Mastercard Seeks to Patent a System for Facilitating Secure Card-Based Transactions

U.S. patent application, US20210264406, discloses a transaction card for facilitating a secure card-based transaction. The card includes at least one input button for receiving a transactional input from a cardholder to initiate the transaction, an electronic chip for generating an electrical signal based on the transactional input wherein the electrical signal includes encrypted transactional data associated with the transaction card, and a signal transmitter for converting the electrical signal to light pulses and transmitting the light pulses to a user device or a terminal device such as an ATMs, POS, etc., for executing the transaction.

IBM Seeks to Patent a Method for Location-Based Forecasting of Weather Events Based on User Impact

U.S. patent application, US20210263186, discloses a method for providing location-based weather services. The method includes identifying a weather event by comparing weather data of the location with baseline weather data, and providing the weather event information to a user device when requested by a user. The figure below illustrates user interfaces depicting the weather event information highlighted for the user to indicate a negative weather event.

Apple Seeks to Patent an Electronic Device for Recording and Sending Emojis

U.S. patent application, US20210264656, discloses an electronic device for recording and sending emojis. The electronic device includes a camera and a display apparatus. The display apparatus displays a virtual avatar that changes appearance in response to detecting changes in one or more physical features of a face in a field of view of the camera. The figure below shows the virtual avatar preview based on an image obtained by capturing a user’s face.

Intel Aims to Patent a Stretchable Display with Fixed Pixel Density

U.S. patent application, US20210264879, discloses an expandable display device capable of maintaining a fixed pixel density in both a first display position and a second display position. In the first display position, the display elements in an upper display layer obscure the display elements in a lower display layer. In the second display position, the display elements in the lower display layer are visible through gaps in between the display elements in the upper display layer. The figure below illustrates the upper and the lower display layers.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Cross Data Set Knowledge Distillation for Training Machine Learning Models

U.S. patent application, US20210264106, describes a method for training a text-to-content recommendation machine learning (ML) model. The method includes training a first ML model using a first training data set. The first ML model infers information from the first training data set and trains the second ML model with the help of the first and second training data set, the second ML model is the text-to-content recommendation ML model.

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