This Week In Patents: December 17, 2020


Procter & Gamble (P&G) invents a method of detecting the replacement of a cartridge in a volatile composition dispenser.

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

P&G Seeks a Patent for a Method of Detecting the Replacement of a Cartridge in a Dispenser

U.S. patent application, US20200390927, relates to a method of detecting the replacement of a cartridge in a volatile composition dispenser. The method includes detecting the disconnection of the dispenser with an external power source, replacing the cartridge and resetting a total emission program that operates the evaporative assistance elements that volatilize the composition. The illustration below depicts the volatile composition dispenser.

Visa Aims to Patent a Method for Untethered Resource Distribution and Management

U.S. patent application, US20200394323, describes a method that includes receiving from a user a request for an access code, constraints on use of the access code, identifying a portable device and obtaining authorization. The method also includes receiving from an access device, an access request comprising the access code in an interaction and authorizing the interaction upon determining that the interaction complies with the transaction constraints.

Apple Files a Patent Application for Temporarily Integrating a Portable Electronic Device with a Head-Mounted Display Apparatus

U.S. patent application, US20200396324, discloses a system that is configured to couple and decouple a portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device. The devices may be physically or operatively connected to communicate and operate with one another. The illustration below depicts the sliding of the portable electronic device into the head-mounted device.

Intel Eyes a Patent for Thematic Content Delivery

U.S. patent application, US20200394689, relates to automated generation and presentation of thematic content objects to consumers in a retail environment. The system includes a user portable device that has an identifier and thematic content delivery circuitry configured to receive the identifier, determine a theme pertaining to the identifier and display content related to the theme. The illustration below depicts the thematic content delivery system.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Providing Screen Reader Summaries with Popular Link(s)

U.S. patent application, US20200396314, describes a screen reader that provides a summary of popular links for a web resource. The screen reader is configured to request popular link information regarding a particular web resource from a search engine, receive information and provide a summary of the links to the user. The figure below illustrates a user interface providing a summary of popular links of a web page.

IBM Pursues a Patent for a Method of Identifying Misplaced Objects Using IOT Devices

U.S. patent application, US20200394436, discloses a method for locating a misplaced object. The method includes receiving, at an object locating system, a request defining an object to be located, classifying the object with an image search of a corpus of images correlated to compare objects, receiving images of search objects from Internet of Thing (IOT) devices and identifying retrieval objects that match the object.

Boston Scientific Seeks a Patent for a Bleeding Vessels Detection System

U.S. patent application, US20200394792, discloses a bleeding vessels detection system that obtains a spectrum image of bleeding in an upper gastrointestinal (GI) area of a patient from an endoscopic device and applies contrast enhancement techniques and spatial filters to the image to produce a colorized image with defined blood vessels. The figure below illustrates an image enhancement system.

Novartis Eyes a Patent for Angiopoetin-Like 4 Antibodies

U.S. patent application, US20200392215, discusses a method for the treatment of Angiopoetin-Like 4 (ANGPTL-4) associated diseases, such as hyperlipidemia through the intravenous administration of ANGPTL-4 associated monoclonal antibodies.

Roche Seeks a Patent for the Detection of BK Virus

U.S. patent application, US20200392591, discloses a method for detection of BK virus in a biological or non-biological sample, which involves amplification, detection, and subsequent quantitation of a target nucleic acid with sequences of BK virus, using primers and probes.

Merck Files a Patent for Dengue Vaccine Formulations

U.S. patent application, US20200390877, relates to dengue virus vaccine formulations comprising live attenuated dengue virus/flavivirus, a buffer, a sugar, a cellulose derivative, a glycol or sugar alcohol, an optional alkali, and an amino acid.

Medtronic files Patent Applications for Shape Changing Ablation Balloon and an EMG Monitoring Endotracheal Tube

U.S. patent application, US20200390487, discloses a targeted tissue ablation catheter with a balloon, where a shape-memory fluid injection element expands from a coiled configuration when cryogenic fluid flows within the balloon that brings the fluid’s ports close to the balloon’s inner wall and results in the catheter’s distal tip reduction. The figures below illustrate the shape changing balloon.


Another application, US20200390397, discloses an electromyographic (EMG) monitoring apparatus that includes an endotracheal tube and a pair of electrodes that receive EMG signals from the laryngeal muscles, when the endotracheal tube is placed in a patient’s trachea. The figure below illustrates the EMG endotracheal tube made from PVC.


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