This Week In Patents: January 29, 2021


Electrolux invents a contact defrost heater for bottom mounting to an evaporator.

This week in patents cover the latest from Electrolux, Stripe, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Roche, Merck, Boston Scientific, Abbott, and Medtronic.

Electrolux Seeks a Patent for a Contact Defrost Heater

U.S. patent application, US20210025640, discloses a refrigeration appliance that includes a storage compartment and an evaporator that cools the storage compartment. The evaporator consists of a plurality of evaporator fins, each fin having a defrost heater mounted at a bottom edge. The illustration below depicts an evaporator assembly.

Stripe Files a Patent for a Method for End to End Encryption Utilizing a Commerce Platform for ‘Card Not Present’ Transactions

U.S. patent application, US20210027297, discloses a method for processing a transaction between a merchant system and a customer system. The method includes receiving, at a commerce platform, a transaction request from the merchant system that has a card identifier and encrypted payment card data, decrypting the encrypted payment card data using an encryption key selected based on the card identifier, and authorizing the transaction using the decrypted payment card data.

Intel Pursues a Patent for Eye Fatigue Prediction Based on a Calculated Blood Vessel Density Score

U.S. patent application, US20210022604, relates to an apparatus for predicting eye fatigue. The apparatus includes an eye fatigue predictor based on a calculated blood vessel density score of the eye in an image and an alert generator to generate an alert in response to predicting the eye fatigue. The illustration below depicts the eye fatigue prediction apparatus.

IBM Files a Patent Application Relating to a Predictive Warning System

U.S. patent application, US200210027598, discloses a method for warning workers of a hazardous condition on a worksite. The method includes determining an outcome involving a worker and at least one worksite object based on the worksite conditions, predicting whether the selected outcome presents a hazardous condition to the worker, and generating a warning when the outcome presents a hazardous condition to the worker.

Microsoft Wants to Patent a Method of Identification of Transparent Objects from Image Discrepancies

U.S. patent application, US20210027479, describes a method for receiving a visible light image and a thermal image for a frame of a scene. The method includes detecting image discrepancies between the visible light and thermal image and identifying locations in the scene associated with transparent objects. The figures below illustrate generating a point cloud and surface mesh of the image to identify the transparent object.

Apple Files a Patent Application for Presenting Objective-Effectuators In Synthesized Reality Settings

U.S. patent application, US20210027164, discloses a method for presenting objective-effectuators in a synthesized setting. The method includes obtaining an objective for the objective-effectuator, generating a sequence of actions from a set of predefined actions based on contextual information and the objective, and modifying the objective-effectuator based on the sequence of actions. The illustration below depicts an operating environment.

Roche Pursues a Patent for Medical Software

U.S. patent application, US20210026612, discloses a method for monitoring medical data using a portable medical device. The method includes establishing a communication link between the portable device and a download server, downloading and installing a communication software package from the server, and uploading the medical data from the medical device to a medical server. The figure below shows the system for monitoring medical data.

Merck Files a Patent Application for an Antimalarial Drug Combination

U.S. patent application, US20210023087, discloses a composition for use in the treatment and prevention of malaria. The composition comprising a combination of 6-fluoro-2-(4-morpholin-4-ylmethyl-phenyl)-quinoline-4-carboxylic acid (2-pyrrolidin-1-yl-ethyl) -amide or its pharmaceutically acceptable salt as an active ingredient, and pyronaridine or its pharmaceutically acceptable salt as another active ingredient.

Boston Scientific Seeks a Patent for a Kidney Stone Suction Device

U.S. patent application, US20210022756, describes an endoscopic suction device for the extraction of stone fragments from the urinary tract using an elongate conduit coupled to a vacuum source, an expandable suction head, and a filter provided in the suction head that prevents stone fragments from entering the conduit. The figure below shows the suction device.

Abbott Files a Patent Application for Displays for a Medical Device

U.S. patent application, US20210022687, discloses a glucose monitoring device with a home screen configured to display the current glucose levels in interstitial fluid with trend indicators, an alert screen programmable actuators to adjust/change among various displays. The figures below show the trend indicator displays and the home screen displays.

Medtronic Wants a Patent for a Prosthesis Delivery Device

U.S. patent application, US20210022859, discloses a transcatheter prosthesis delivery system that includes a tubular capsule with the prosthesis inside and a slidable pull wire which is tensioned to bend the capsule for the deployment of the prosthesis at the treatment site. The figure below illustrates the capsule and the pull wire of the delivery system.



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