This Week In Patents: March 11, 2021


ExxonMobil describes a co-axial co-current contactor for gas purification purposes.

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

ExxonMobil Pursues a Patent for a Co-Axial Co-Current Contactor

U.S. patent application, US20210069638, discloses a co-axial co-current contactor (CA-CCC) for gas purification. The CA-CCC includes outer and inner annular support rings configured to maintain the CA-CCC within an outer pipe and an inner pipe, respectively. The CA-CCC further includes rich liquid flow channels, a central gas entry cone, gas flow channels and radial blades configured to secure the central gas entry cone to the inner annular support ring. The illustration below depicts the front view of the CA-CCC.

Roche Eyes a Patent for a PCR Smartphone Device

U.S. patent application, US20210069717, discloses a method for detecting a pathogen by using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in combination with a smartphone with a CPU, a power source, a display, a light source, and a camera. The figure below depicts the PCR unit.

Boston Scientific Files a Patent Application for a Fluid Analysis System

U.S. patent application, US20210072208, discloses a breath analysis system using a gas measurement device that senses specific chemical compounds for the early detection of diseases. The system includes fluid ports and gas sensors that output a unique sensor response for a particular mixture of gases in a sample as a pattern or fingerprint of that sample. The figure below shows the fluid analysis system.

Abbott Seeks to Patent Analyte Sensor Devices

U.S. patent application, US20210068722, discloses an on-body device that includes a glucose sensor, an insertion sharp that supports the sensor configured to allow the sensor’s distal end to be placed under a user’s skin, and an electronics assembly that allows the sensor to communicate with a monitoring device. The figure below illustrates a receiver unit displaying the glucose levels detected by the on-body sensor device, over wireless communication.

Medtronic Eyes a Patent for a Smart Card Password Management System

U.S. patent application, US20210074396, discloses an automated secure medical system that includes a smart card with a first password, a smart card reader configured to verify the first password and generate a second password. The system provides access to a patient’s personal health information, and generates a unique ID after successful verification of the second password. The figure below represents an example medical system.

Merck Files a Patent Application for Spiropiperidine Allosteric Modulators

U.S. patent application, US20210070745, relates to compounds that are useful as modulators of .alpha.7 nAChR, and the use of such compounds for preventing, treating, or ameliorating disease, particularly disorders of the central nervous system such as cognitive impairments in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia. The structure of the compound is illustrated below:

Paypal Seeks a Patent for Detecting Phishing Websites

U.S. patent application, US20210075826, discloses a method for detecting malicious webpages. The method includes analyzing programming code of a known malicious webpage to determine evasion techniques and extracting feature parameters from the evasion techniques to correctly classify the webpage as a malicious webpage.

Intel Pursues a Patent for Packet Multicast for Memory Pool Replication

U.S. patent application, US20210075633, discloses a method for memory pool replication in a network interface. The method includes accessing and transmitting data in one packet to multiple memory nodes using a multicast identifier and causing an intermediate network device to multicast the packet to the multiple memory nodes. The figure below depicts the memory pool replication.

Apple Files a Patent Application for Detecting Swimming Activities on a Wearable Device

U.S. patent application, US20210068713, discloses a method for detecting swimming activities on a wearable device and monitoring performance during swimming activities. The method includes receiving motion data and classifying the motion as a swimming stroke type to accurately calculate user performance information. The figure below depicts the wearable device in context with a swimming person.

IBM Files a Patent Application Relating to Dynamic Workplace Set-Up Using Participant Preferences

U.S. patent application, US20210073742, discloses a method for presenting a workplace set-up for an upcoming meeting based on a set of participant preference information. The method includes continuously monitoring e-mail messages, calendar entries, and social media posts, identifying an upcoming meeting for the user, determining a list of participants, collecting participant preference information, determining a workplace set-up, and outputting a workplace arrangement for the upcoming meeting.

Microsoft Seeks a Patent for Composing Rich Content Messages

U.S. patent application, US20210073293, discloses a method for enriching the content of electronic communications through predicting user intent. This includes predicting task-related intent from the user-composed messages, generating task queries based on the detected intent and adding content to supplement the content of the electronic communication. The figure below depicts interactions to enrich the content of electronic communications.


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