Published On: April 16th, 2021Categories: Featured Applications

Volkswagen discloses a method for controlling a display of an augmented-reality head-up display device.

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

Volkswagen Wants to Patent a Method for Controlling a Display of an Augmented-Reality Head-Up Display Device for a Transportation Vehicle

U.S. patent application, US20210110791, relates to a method for controlling a display of an augmented-reality head-up display device for a transportation vehicle, wherein the interfering movements of the transportation vehicle are detected, a graphics generator generates a dynamically-embodied marker for display by the augmented-reality head-up display device, and the generated marker is outputted for display by the augmented-reality head-up display device.

Abbott Aims to Patent Devices for Closing Holes in Body Lumens

U.S. patent application, US20210106324, discloses a device for closing an opening in a body lumen (vessel) that includes an elongate member having needle lumens, and a needle assembly slidably cooperating with the elongate member to position multiple sutures within the lumen. The figure below shows a distal end of the device removed from the vessel after the sutures have been drawn through the vessel wall.

Medtronic Seeks to Patent a System for Evaluation and Configuration of Cardiac Therapy

U.S. patent application, US20210106245, discloses a non-invasive system to assist a physician during and/or after implantation of cardiac therapy apparatus on a patient, that includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) belt having external electrodes to aid in the optimization of resynchronization pacing parameters based on minimization of electrical heterogeneity. The figure below illustrates the system including electrode apparatus, display apparatus, and computing apparatus.

Novartis Eyes a Patent for a Method to Determine mRNA Capping Efficiency

U.S. patent application, US20210108252, discloses a method for determining the 5′ capping efficiency and 5′ cap identity in mRNA samples. The method includes the usage of tagged probes that are complementary to the 5′ end of target RNA, RNAse H enzyme to cleave the 5′ end of RNA, and then analyzing the fragments by using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC-MS).

Merck Files a Patent for Spin-On Metal Oxide Materials

U.S. patent application, US20210109451, relates to hybrid metallic oxide formulations of high etch resistance that are useful for filling trenches and vias during lithographic processes, for example, image reversal. The formulations include one or more metal salts, an organic polymer, and one or more solvents. The formulations can also include one or more catalysts to assist or otherwise alter film curing.

Boston Scientific Seeks to Patent a Filtering Algorithm for Wireless Communication

U.S. patent application, US20210106834, discloses a filtering algorithm for assessing communications wirelessly received by an implantable medical device from an external controller such as a mobile device. The algorithm reviews blocks to determine whether such blocks would compromise the operation or injure a patient if executed. The figure below shows the wireless communication between the mobile device and the implanted device.

Mastercard Files a Patent for a Method for Securely Transacting Over a Landline

U.S. patent application, US20210110364, discloses a method for securely transacting over a landline that includes receiving a merchant identification message with a merchant identifier through the landline, matching the merchant identifier with a plurality of identifiers in a database, generating and transmitting a token message with a primary account number (PAN) through the landline, after successfully identifying the merchant and receiving a confirmation message indicating a payment using the PAN.

Apple Pursues a Patent for a Method of Fall Detection Based on Audio Looping

U.S. patent application, US20210110682, provides techniques for contacting emergency response services when certain conditions are met that includes determination, by a wearable device, whether a user has responded to a first user interface prompt displayed in response to detection of a physical event associated with the user. In accordance with a determination that the user has not responded to the first user interface prompt after the expiration of a first time period, certain actions may be performed. The figure shows the audio looping for an emergency service response system.

Microsoft Seeks to Patent an Automatic Action Response System Based on Prior Conversational Data

U.S. patent application, US20210112022, discloses an automatic action response system for providing intelligent action responses based on prior conversational data between a user and a sender that includes text-based replies, that eliminate the need for a user to type a reply on a device screen or automatically highlighting a portion of the message to initiate the automatic action response for the user. The figure below represents an electronic mail application with multiple intelligent highlights and intelligent action responses.

IBM Files a Patent Application Relating to Fire Detection via Remote Sensing and Mobile Sensors

U.S. patent application, US20210110136, discloses a method for processing a satellite image using a convolutional neural network (CNN) to produce a satellite vector that identifies a suspected wildfire and automatically directing a mobile sensor to a mobile location for confirming a location of suspected wildfire based on the satellite vector and a processed mobile vector upon obtaining a mobile image from the mobile sensor. The figures below illustrate the detection of a wildfire via remote sensing and mobile sensors.

Intel Aims to Patent a Safety System for a Vehicle

U.S. patent application, US20210107470, discloses a safety system for a vehicle that determines whether a further vehicle is approaching the vehicle from a backside or a lateral side. The system determines if a collision of the further vehicle with the vehicle is likely, determines an evasive maneuver of the vehicle to reduce the collision likelihood and provides control instructions to control the vehicle to perform the evasive maneuver.

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