Published On: May 28th, 2021Categories: Featured Applications

Ricoh seeks to patent a biometric information display device.

This week’s featured patent applications cover the latest from Ricoh, Novartis, Roche, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Merck, Apple, Visa, Intel, IBM, and Microsoft.

Ricoh Wants to Patent a Biometric Information Display Device that Displays a Morphological Image Indicative of the Morphology of a Subject

U.S. patent application, US20210158780, discloses a biometric information display device that includes a display controller configured to display a morphological image indicative of the morphology of a subject. An input controller is configured to receive a designation of a specified position on the morphological image. A pathway generating section is configured to generate a pathway based on the specified position on the morphological image. A current extracting section is configured to extract current components at a plurality of positions along the pathway. The figure below shows a plurality of virtual electrodes (VEc) that are set on a neural pathway (nerve axon) running linearly in the morphological image (X-ray image) of the subject.

Novartis Pursues a Patent on a Method of Administering ENTPD2 Antibodies

U.S. patent application, US20210155713, discloses a method for treating cancer through the parenteral administration of antibodies targeting human ENTPD-2 protein in combination with a therapeutic agent like an oncolytic drug.

Roche Eyes a Patent for the Purification of Polypeptides

U.S. patent application, US20210155656, relates to a method for the purification of polypeptides using polysorbate. The method consists of applying the sample to a chromatographic material, adding polysorbate to the mixture, and then recovering the polypeptide from the chromatographic material.

Boston Scientific Seeks to Patent a Papillary Approximation Tool with Enhanced Visualization

U.S. patent application, US20210154014, discloses a system for the delivery of cardiac repair components into a heart including a catheter with an imaging device for visualizing the placement of anchors and an adjustment mechanism that enables the accurate placement of anchors within the papillary muscles of the heart. The figure below shows the anchor delivery system used for cardiac repair procedures.

Medtronic Wants to Patent a Transformable Imaging System and a Pericardial Balloon Mapping System

U.S. patent application, US20210153826, discloses an imaging system in an operating theatre that includes an x-ray radiation source and a detector, which are moved either using a “C” shaped configuration rotor to acquire two-dimensional images or an “0” shaped configuration rotor to acquire 360-degree image data of the patient for clearer 3D images. The figures below represent multiple views of the imaging system changing from the first configuration to the second configuration.

Another Medtronic application, US20210153797, discloses a mapping catheter device with a distal assembly positioned within a pericardial space, that includes an inflatable element disposed within an outer shell, and a mapping electrode assembly. When the outer shell is expanded by inflating the inflatable element, it exerts a force against the mapping electrodes to enhance contact between the electrodes and the myocardial tissue. The figure below shows the mapping device for recording monophasic action potentials from myocardial tissue.

Merck Eyes a Patent on Methods for Preparing Stabilized Amorphous Drug Formulations Using Acoustic Fusion

U.S. patent application, US20210153826, discloses methods for producing a stable amorphous dispersion by applying low-frequency acoustic energy to a mixture, including an active substance and a polymer, and heating the mixture until the stable amorphous dispersion is formed. The figure below depicts a 24-well heating block assembly used in the acoustic fusion process that is attached to a Resodyn Labram resonant acoustic benchtop mixer.

Visa Seeks to Patent a Method for Incorporating QR Codes

U.S. patent application, US20210158326, discloses a method for facilitating secure payment transactions by scanning quick-response (QR) codes via a communication device. An access device encodes data pertinent to the transaction and generates a first QR code, which is then scanned by the communication device. The communication device then generates a second QR code based on a cryptogram and financial data associated with a user, which is then scanned by the access device.

Apple Files a Patent for an Electronic Device with Sidewall Displays

U.S. patent application, US20210157453, discloses an electronic device that contains a flexible display bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the device. The flexible display is bent to form a front side display and an edge display where the edge display functions as virtual buttons or as an informational display, supplemental to the front side display. The figure below illustrates the electronic device with the flexible display having portions on multiple surfaces of the device.

Intel Eyes a Patent for Virtual Wearables

U.S. patent application, US20210157149, discloses a mechanism for dynamically facilitating virtual wearables. The method includes detecting a wearable area on a human body, scanning the wearable area to facilitate the suitability of the wearable area for projection, and projecting the virtual wearable on the wearable area using a projector of a primary wearable device of the user. The figure below illustrates projecting the virtual wearable on the user’s arm.

IBM Aims to Patent a Method for Enhancing Subtitles in a Video Frame

U.S. patent application, US20210158586, discloses a method for modifying a subtitle in a video frame that includes identifying the color of the subtitle text, determining a level of similarity between the color of the subtitle text and the predominant color of a geometric region in the video frame, and modifying the subtitle to reduce the similarity level during the display of the video frame. The figure below depicts the video frame with a portion of the subtitle text enhanced with a font stroke outline of contrasting color.

Microsoft Pursues a Patent on a Method for Providing Personalized Songs in an Automated Chatting Application

U.S. patent application, US20210158789, describes a method for providing a personalized song during automated chatting. The method includes receiving messages in a chat flow, generating personalized lyrics based on a personal language model of a user in response to the messages, and displaying a personalized song in the chat flow based on the personalized lyrics. The figure below illustrates a chat window providing a personalized song.

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