Published On: March 26th, 2021Categories: Featured Applications

Shell describes a method of forming a pipe assembly for transporting gases and liquids.

In this week’s featured patent applications, we cover the latest from Shell, Boston Scientific, Roche, Abbott, Medtronic, Merck, Visa, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Intel.

Shell Files a Patent for Transporting Gases and Liquids

U.S. patent application, US20210088171, discloses a method for forming a pipe assembly for transporting gases and liquids that includes a composite pipe and a liner. The multi-layer composite pipe has an innermost layer that is made of polymeric material to generate a gas and liquid pressure-tight conduit and to provide insulation from the external environment. The figure below shows a cross-sectional view of a composite pipe.

Boston Scientific Files a Patent for Endoscopic Video Enhancement and Surgical Guidance

U.S. patent application, US20210076905, discloses an endoscopic system that provides quantitative feedback to operating physicians performing urological procedures. The system includes an imager that captures image frames and a processor that derives a depth map based on tracking information of the imager from the captured images. The figure below shows the endoscopic video display of a kidney stone.

Roche Eyes a Patent for a Combination Therapy

U.S. patent application, US20210087291, relates to a method for treating cancer through the subcutaneous administration of a combination therapy involving T-cell activating bispecific antigen binding molecules and PD-1 axis binding antagonists.

Abbott Files a Patent for a Method of Hypoglycemia Risk Determination

U.S. patent application, US20210090737, discloses an analyte meter that includes software to analyze a test sample placed on a test strip, and display the results of the analysis either a blood glucose reading or a blood ketone reading, to help the user manage their diabetes. The figure below shows the analyte meter with control buttons.

Medtronic Eyes a Patent for a Cryoablation System

U.S. patent application, US20210085381, discloses a system that gives an operator selective control over the temperature of a treatment element by adjusting the ratio of a liquid refrigerant and a gaseous refrigerant delivered in a fluid delivery conduit so that the thawing period of a cryoablation procedure can be extended. The figure below depicts the cryoablation system including the treatment element.

Merck Files a Patent for a Tablet Formulation for CGRP Active Compounds

U.S. patent application, US20210085612, relates to compositions comprising an extrudate or solid solution of a compound, and a disintegration system for preparing a tablet that can rapidly disintegrate in the environment in which the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) is to be released. These compounds are potent CGRP-antagonist with fewer side effects and metabolic complications. The structure below represents the compound:

Visa Files a Patent for a Method of Communication Between Artificial Intelligence Applications

U.S. patent application, US20210090136, discloses a method for communication between a first AI application and a second AI application in a first AI and second AI computer respectively. The method includes collecting data and including an offer into an offering platform by the first AI application and determining by the first AI application whether to provide the data to a second AI application.

Apple Pursues a Patent for a Mobile Device Navigation System that Provides an Augmented Reality User Interface

U.S. patent application, US20210092555, discloses a method for generating and presenting a location mapping and navigation user interface. The method includes a mobile device capturing image data, detecting the current location and local map information from a map server, and generating and updating the orientation data in the user interface. The figure below shows an augmented reality navigation user interface.

IBM Files a Patent for Generating a Personalized Meeting Summary

U.S. patent application, US20210092168, discloses a method for generating a personalized meeting summary. The method includes determining the role information of a participant attending a meeting associated with a purpose and generating the personalized meeting summary that describes portions of the discussions directed to the role type of the participant. The figure below depicts a user interface of the personalized meeting summary.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for an Inter-Document Attention Mechanism

U.S. patent application, US20210089594, describes a method for natural language processing using a framework such as a neural network. The method includes receiving a query, retrieving documents related to the query, performing the contextualized semantic representations of individual words, and providing answers in response to the query. The figures below represent a user obtaining example documents to derive an answer to a query.

Intel Aims to Patent a Method of Attaching a Chip to a Textile

U.S. patent application, US20210087721, describes a method for attaching scan control and other electronic chips to textiles on a loom as part of a real-time manufacturing process. The figure below shows an apparatus used to identify and stabilize a site location for the attachment of a chip in a textile.

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