As working remotely becomes the new normal, video conferencing technology is getting “smart”. IBM’s new technology provides insights about the participants, such as background information of attendees and reminders based on previous interaction in a web conference.

In this week’s featured patents, we cover the latest patent applications from IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, Novartis, Roche, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific.

IBM Seeks a Patent for Providing Insights about Attendees of Smart Web-Events

U.S. patent application, 20200193389, discloses a method for automatically generating information about attendees of a web conference by giving insights into the background of the attendees and providing reminders about any prior interactions with the other attendees. The figure below illustrates an example user interface that displays a list of meeting attendees with the background and interaction information in the web conference.

Samsung Files a Patent for Displaying Web Content in an Augmented Reality Mode

U.S. patent application, 20200192963, discloses a device that displays web content in an augmented reality (AR) mode. The device obtains an image through a camera, extracts a marker included in the image, obtains a universal resource locator (URL), receives content from a web page associated with the URL, and displays the image and a portion of the received content at a position on the image. The illustration depicts the device displaying an image and contents in the AR mode.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Back-Off Techniques

U.S. patent application, 20200195290, discusses a method for performing power reduction for SAR compliance. The method includes receiving sensor inputs indicative of the potential for non-compliance with SAR limits in a mobile device and processing the inputs to determine the amount of power reduction required for each antenna associated with the device to maintain SAR compliance.

Apple Pursues a Patent for Controlling Access to Protected Functionality of a Host Device Using a Wireless Device

U.S. patent application, 20200196151, discloses a wearable device that establishes a verified session with a host device when present in its vicinity. The user may then access sensitive information stored in or otherwise accessible in the host device from the wearable device. The figure below depicts a wearable device communicating wirelessly with a host device.

Boston Scientific Seeks a Patent for a Pain Management System and Another Patent for a Polypectomy Device

U.S. patent application, 20200188673, describes a pain management system that senses the physiological signals of a user, generates signal metrics from the signals using a pain analyzer, displays an output pain score to the user, and delivers appropriate electrostimulation therapy based on the pain score. The figure below illustrates the system.

Another application, 20200187975, relates to a polypectomy device designed to snare a polyp. In some embodiments, the device has a shaft with an electrical connector so that an electrical current can be applied to the snare. The figure below illustrates the polypectomy device.

Medtronic Aims to Patent a Surgical Delivery Device

U.S. patent application, 20200188106, discloses a delivery device for a stented heart valve that includes a handle, an elongate shaft extending from a distal end of the handle, and a conical housing having a proximal end coupled to the elongate shaft and an open distal end. The delivery device aids in delivering a stented heart valve to an implantation site. The illustration below shows the method of delivering a stented heart valve to an aortic annulus.

Roche Files a Patent for STEAP-1 Antibodies

U.S. patent application, 20200190212, presents the amino acid sequences of a bispecific antibody that binds to STEAP-1 and the use of the antibody for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Novartis Seeks to Patent an Injection Device Having a Solution Transferring System

U.S. patent application, 20200188589, discloses an ophthalmic injection device that has a plunger and can be used for intraocular applications. A portion of the plunger is slidably received in the injection solution receptacle. The plunger is displaceable relative to the injection solution in order to expel the injection solution. The exploded view of an injection solution transferring system, which comprises a filling adapter and injection device is provided below.