Medtronic continues improving fingerprint authentication for medical devices.

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

Medtronic Files a Patent Application for Fingerprint Enhanced Authentication for Medical Devices

U.S. patent application, US20200356649, describes a system that enables secure wireless communication between an infusion system and a controller radio by scanning a fingerprint and calculating a token based on the fingerprint for secure pairing. The figure below illustrates the use of the controller with the infusion system on a user.

Boston Scientific Files a Patent Application for an Operative Gastrointestinal Treatment System

U.S. patent application, US20200345334, relates to an endoscopic system for operatively treating gastrointestinal disorders including a reversibly-expandable retractor that expands to provide a stable, operative environment within a subject. The figure below shows the endoscopic system within the gastrointestinal tract.

Abbott Seeks to Patent a Diabetes Management System

U.S. patent application, US20200357492, discloses an analyte measurement system for diabetes management including handheld analyte meters, and a means for collecting data for preserving data integrity, and uniquely identifying patient data received from multiple sources. The figure below shows the handheld analyte measurement device.

Roche Seeks a Patent for Antisense Oligonucleotides

U.S. patent application, US20200354720, discusses a method for the treatment of neurological disorders through parenteral administration of antisense oligonucleotide compounds that target the intron-exon junction of SNCA (alpha-synuclein) mRNA.

Merck Files a Patent Application for a Stable Formulation of Anti-TIGIT Antibodies

U.S. patent application, US20200354453, discloses an anti-TIGIT antibody formulation having an anti-TIGIT antibody or antigen-binding fragment, a buffer, a non-reducing sugar, a non-ionic surfactant, and an antioxidant to treat various cancers and chronic infections.

Paypal Aims to Patent a Wearable Payment Device

U.S. patent application, US20200356976, relates to a wearable device that receives authentication information from a user and provides access to payment capabilities. If the device is in an open state, then access to the payment capabilities are removed. The figures illustrate the open and closed states of the wearable payment device.

Samsung Pursues a Patent for a Device and Method for Providing Image of Surroundings of a Vehicle

U.S. patent application, US20200358966, discloses an electronic apparatus and method for providing an image of surroundings of a vehicle. The apparatus includes image sensors configured to capture images of the surroundings of the vehicle and a processor to obtain feature information of each of the images and create a composite image that represents the surroundings of the vehicle. The illustration below depicts creating the composite image of the surroundings of the vehicle.

IBM Files a Patent Application Related to Context-Sensitive Aggregation of Chatbot Conversations

U.S. patent application, US20200356630, discloses a method for context-sensitive chatbot aggregation in a messaging platform that includes determining a probability that additional users would benefit from an answer upon identifying a topic of a submitted question and inviting the additional users to the conversation based on the determined probability. The figure below illustrates an example of inviting the additional users in the chatbot conversion.

Apple Files a Patent Application for Providing an Image Captured by a Scene Camera of a Vehicle

U.S. patent application, US20200358984, discloses a method of providing images of objects captured by scene cameras mounted on a vehicle. The method includes providing camera-poses relative to a reference coordinate system associated with the vehicle, providing user attention data and attention directions captured by an information capturing device, and providing the image of the object captured by the scene cameras based on the attention directions. The illustration below depicts the method of providing the image of a captured real object.