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This week’s newest patent applications are from JUC Holdings, Boston Scientific, Roche, Abbott, Merck, Medtronic, Novartis, Abbott, Visa, Microsoft, Intel, Apple, and IBM.

JUC Holdings Pursues a Patent on a Vehicle Terrain Capture System

U.S. patent application, US20210392314, discloses a vehicle terrain capture system to simulate a three-dimensional (3D) image of a terrain. The system comprises a vehicle to traverse the terrain having a geocoding detector to identify coordinate reference data; a capture module having a two-dimensional (2D) RGB digital camera to capture 2D digital images of the terrain; and a digital elevation capture device. The system identifies a key subject point in the 2D digital images and displays a multidimensional digital image/sequence. The figure below shows an automobile with a capture device(s) to capture a dataset of the terrain of the scene.

Boston Scientific Seeks to Patent a Gastrointestinal Bypass Device

U.S. patent application, US20210386572, discloses a gastrointestinal bypass device that includes an elongate tubular member, a port extending through a side surface of the elongate tubular member, and a bioabsorbable component. The bypass device ensures a minimally-invasive, endoscopic approach for reducing risks associated with post-surgical leaks. The figure below illustrates a side view of the bypass device.

Roche Wants to Patent a Gripping System and a Laboratory Automation System

U.S. patent application, US20210387360, discloses a gripping system with gripping fingers of two types, and a gripping device for handling sampling containers. The gripping fingers of the first and second type are configured to grip a first and a second type of sample container which differ from each other in their geometrical properties. The figure below illustrates a laboratory automation system comprising a gripping system.

Merck Aims to Patent a Combination for Treating Cancer

U.S. patent application, US20210386826, discloses a method for cancer therapy by administering a combination of a PD-1/PD-L1 axis inhibitor, a CD-122-biased cytokine agonist, and an anti-androgen or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt to a subject. The PD-1 axis binding antagonist is effective to enhance T cell cytolytic activity. The figure below shows proxalutamide, an androgen receptor inhibitor.

Medtronic Aims to Patent a Line Scanner Imaging Device

U.S. patent application, US20210386388, discloses a line scanner imaging device for imaging an entire human spine. The device includes a wheeled base, a trolley having a base portion that is slidably connected to an elongate track and a rotatable upper portion, a C-shaped arm rotatably supported by the trolley, a source and a detector fixedly secured to the C-shaped arm. The figure below illustrates a line scanner.

Novartis Files a Patent for FXR Agonists

U.S. patent application, US20210386729, relates to the oral administration of FXR agonist, 2-[(1R,3r,5S)-3-({5-cyclopropyl-3-[2-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl]-1,2-oxazol–4-yl}methoxy)-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-8-yl]-4-fluoro-1,3-benzothiazole-8–carboxylic acid or Compound (I) for the treatment and prevention of liver or an intestinal disease.

Abbott Seeks a Patent for an Analyte Monitoring Device

U.S. patent application, US20210386336, discloses an analyte monitoring system that includes a glucose sensor, a sensor control unit and a display unit. The sensor control unit further includes a skin housing, multiple conductive contacts and a transmitter. The analyte monitor is a part of a drug delivery system to alter the level of the analyte based on the data obtained using the sensor. The figure below illustrates the on-skin sensor control unit.

Visa Seeks to Patent a Method for Real-Time Automatic Authorization of a Payment Transaction

U.S. patent application, US20210390552, discloses a method for processing a payment transaction in real-time between a consumer and a merchant independent of an authorization input from a consumer using a payment transaction classification model. The method includes determining whether to process the payment transaction in real-time upon generating the payment transaction classification model based on the plurality of transactions, biometric data of the consumer taken within a predetermined time interval, and received location data from the consumer.

Microsoft Wants to Patent a Multi-Modal Response System

U.S. patent application, US20210390138, relates a multi-model response system for multi-modal chatting. The system provides a response to a user query in a multi-modal manner during an interaction between a chatbot and human beings, so that the expressing manner and the expressed content by the chatbot are richer. The figure below illustrates an interface of a conversation using the multi-modal response system.

Intel Aims to Patent an Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Feedback Enhancement System

U.S. patent application, US20210390762, discloses a system for providing augmented reality and virtual reality (VR/AR) environment information. The system selectively suppresses and enhances VR/AR renderings of n-dimensional environments. The system deepens a user’s VR/AR experience by focusing on particular feedback information while suppressing other feedback information from the environment. The figure below illustrates an example of a VR/AR-enhanced user experience with sound sources located in a focus area and a non-focus area.

Apple Eyes a Patent for a Portable Electronic Device Performing Similar Operations for Different Gestures

U.S. patent application, US20210389871, discloses a portable electronic device with a touch-sensitive display. The device displays a first application in a first mode, performs a first operation upon detecting a first gesture on the touch-sensitive display, and performs the first operation upon detecting a second gesture on the touch-sensitive display, wherein the second gesture is different from the first gesture. The figure below illustrates the user interface for unlocking a portable electronic device.

IBM Files a Patent Application for a Method for Rendering Privacy-Aware Advertisements in a Mixed Reality Space

U.S. patent application, US20210390587, discloses a method for rendering privacy-aware advertisements for target users sharing a mixed reality space in a smart home. The method includes displaying the advertisement for the target user at a particular position during a particular time period while the remaining users are not viewing the particular position during the particular time period. The figure below illustrates building a joint embedding matrix across the plurality of users and the plurality of advertisements for rendering privacy-aware advertisements based on a social network graph between the plurality of users.

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