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    Featured Patent Applications of the Week: November 21, 2019

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    IBM wants to patent digital twin management in IoT systems.

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    In this post, we take you through some of the recent patent applications from IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, Qualcomm, Google, Medtronic, Novartis, Merck, Roche, and Boston Scientific.

    IBM Wants to Patent Digital Twin Management in IoT Systems

    US patent application 20190354922 discloses managing digital asset representation of physical assets in IoT systems and environments by creating, modifying, and tracking a digital twin throughout the physical asset's lifetime using a digital registry, which has a data record including a unique identifier and a storage device location information for the digital twin. The digital twin can move to a new storage device across a cloud environment and the registry maintains consistent access, as depicted below.

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    Samsung Seeks a Patent for Automatic Switching to Panorama Capture Mode

    US patent application 20190356853 discloses a device that detects movement and identifies whether the movement reaches a reference distance. When the movement matches a reference direction, the device automatically switches to panorama capture mode, as illustrated below.

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    Microsoft Eyes a Patent for Head-Mounted Display (HMD) Device Receiving 3D Push Notifications

    US patent application 20190353904 discloses a HMD device that receives 3D push notifications that indicates a first location in the environment for displaying the notification. Subsequent 3D push notifications are displayed on the HMD at other locations relative to the first location in the physical environment. The figure below depicts an environment with 3D push notifications.

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    Apple Files a Patent Application for a Keyboard with Light Sensors

    US patent application 20190354196 discloses a keyboard having keys with light sensors that detect changes in the amount of received light caused by a motion of the keycap when a user presses the key and a light source to provide backlighting for the keys. A perspective view of an example keyboard is illustrated.

    Qualcomm Files a Patent Application for State and Position Prediction of Observed Vehicles Using Optical Tracking of Wheel Rotation 

    US patent application 20190355132 discloses a method of using image data in a vehicle navigation system to estimate the motion of a vehicle by determining the speed of the observed vehicle based on the wheel's rate of rotation and diameter and also determining a direction of travel and/or turning rate from the relative angles of the wheels. The illustration depicts a vehicle observing another vehicle and predicting the actions of the other vehicle.

    Google Files a Patent Application Relating to User Interface Adaptation Based on a Detected User Location

    US patent application 20190354162 discloses a method for reformatting content displayed on a display based on user location and/or a rotation of the display with respect to the orientation. The figures below illustrate orienting of content presented on the display.

    Medtronic Files a Patent for a Health Care System and another on a Method for Bradycardia Episode Detection

    US application 20190350488 relates to a health care system that acquires patient data to determine whether a patient is at risk of hypervolemia or hypovolemia by acquiring intrathoracic impedance from a device memory, comparing it with boundary values, and adjusting the patient’s therapy accordingly. The image below depicts a system configured to transmit diagnostic information indicative of heart failure.

    Another US application, 20190350481, describes a monitoring system that detects bradycardia or asystole episodes, compares them to a primary and secondary threshold value, and determines whether the detected event is false. The figure below shows the cardiac monitor for detecting the event.

    Novartis Eyes a Patent on a Pharmaceutical Combination of PI3K Inhibitor and c-MET Inhibitor

    US patent application 20190350935 relates to a pharmaceutical combination which comprises (a) a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor, and (b) a c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor for simultaneous, separate or sequential administration for the treatment of a c-Met dependent proliferative disease.

    Merck Aims to Patent Preferred Pairing of Antibody Domains

    US patent application 20190352429 reveals an antigen-binding molecule (ABM) which comprises a cognate dimer of an antibody light chain composed of VL and CL antibody domains, associated to an antibody heavy chain comprising VH and CH1 antibody domains, wherein the pairing includes certain point mutations in the CL and CH1 domains.

    Roche Seeks to Patent a Method of Predicting the Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation

    US patent application 20190353666 describes a method for predicting the risk of recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation in a subject based on determining the amount of the biomarker Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2).

    Boston Scientific Wants to Patent an Inflatable Penile Prosthesis

    US patent application 20190350712 presents an inflatable penile prosthesis that includes a fluid reservoir configured to hold fluid, an inflatable member, and a pump assembly configured to transfer the fluid from the fluid reservoir to the inflatable member during an inflation cycle. The illustration below depicts the inflatable penile prosthesis having multiple pump assemblies.

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