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Facebook v/s ConnectU Mediation Case study

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The twin brothers- Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from them and had brought Facebook against the Winklevoss’s company- ConnectU. The twin brothers initiated a law suit against Mr. Zuckerberg inorder to negotiate a settlement, accusing it of unfair business practices.

The district court in California ordered the parties to mediate.

Before the mediation began, both the parties signed a confidentiality agreement that stated that all statements made during mediation will not be made public and were inadmissible in any arbitral, judicial, or other proceeding. After all the arguments and discussions, a settlement agreement was signed that between both the parties and Winklevosses gave up ConnectU in return for cash and Facebook shares. The Settlement Agreement purported to end all disputes between the parties.

Just after signing the agreement, Winklevosses affirmed that there was a difference in their understanding of the value of the shares of Facebook that they had agreed to accept and that they had been defrauded (in violation of Section 10(b)-5) in the mediation. The twins claimed that Facebook led them to believe during the mediation discussions that Facebook’s share value was $35.90, even though Facebook’s internal tax valuation had determined its share value to be $8.88. Had they known about this valuation during the mediation, they claim, they would never have signed the Settlement Agreement.

Section 10(b)-5 is a regulation that deems it to be illegal for anybody to directly or indirectly use any measure to defraud, make false statements, omit relevant information or otherwise conduct operations of business that would deceive another person; in relation to conducting transactions involving stock and other securities. A party negotiating an exchange of shares to settle a lawsuit could violate Rule 10b-5 by misstating or hiding information that would materially change the other side’s evaluation of the settlement.

In support of these claims, the Winklevosses proffered evidence of what was said and not said during the mediation. However the statements were held inadmissible based on the confidentiality agreement signed by the parties that stated that “All statements made during the course of the mediation or in mediator follow-up thereafter at any time prior to complete settlement of the matter are privileged settlement discussions and are non-discoverable and inadmissible for any purpose including in any legal proceeding. Without such evidence, their securities claims must fail.

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Further, the Winklevoss twins sought to invalidate the settlement agreement under Section 29(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that voids any settlement agreement made in violation of Rule 10b-5. Winklevosses hired a team of lawyers and a financial advisor. Finally, the Court noted that the current valuation of Facebook appears to be three times what the Winklevosses were claiming they were entitled to demonstrating the value of settlement to be $160 million, that was mere $65 million at the time of the settlement.

However, a number of lessons can be learnt from this mediation case study. Whatever happens in mediation stays in mediation. Parties need to be sure that all essential information is included in the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement should be clearly-written. Since no statements made during mediation will be admissible and settlement agreement is the only admissible and enforceable document of mediation.

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Obtaining Intellectual Property Rights in Food Industries

Services offered by Tech Corp International Strategist, India (TCIS, India) to Food Industries:

1). Trademark Filing:

A brand is the key component of a food company or product’s success. A trademark is a legally protected word, name, design, logo, or other symbol of your product or business. For example, “Oreo” is a trademarked product name. That means no one else can use the name “Oreo” to sell their cookies. A trademark can be obtained for a food product, restaurant or chef’s name.

TCIS, India helps the food industries obtain a trademark for a food product as well as the company. Clients of the firm enjoy the following services:

  • Free initial trademark consultation with an experienced trademark attorney
  • Review of office actions by an experienced trademark attorney
  • Trademark attorney personal attention to their matters
  • Firm ideology of involvement that requires “going the extra mile”
  • Firm policy to return client phone calls and respond to emails immediately whenever practical
  • Cost-effective flat rates                                                                                     

    Apply for TM Registration and discuss your brand strategy and understand importance of brand, logo and tagline with expert consultants at Tech Corp International Strategist India TCIS, India.

    2). Copyright Filing:

    A Copyright is an exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the creator of original artistic work for the use and distribution of the artistic work for a limited period of time. Copyright is a form of intellectual property, copyright are considered territorial rights,which means that they don’t extend beyond the territory of a specific jurisdiction. Copyright does not protect merely utilitarian articles, ideas, facts, or formulas. Since food is a useful article, copyright law will apply only if the food incorporates highly creative features that are separable (either physically or conceptually) from the food’s utilitarian features.

    In food industries,  chefs sometimes borrow and build upon ideas from others. Properly applied, intellectual property law is flexible enough to protect highly creative food designs from substantial copying. Copyright filing is important because a chef who, without permission, creates a derivative food design that is substantially similar to another’s copyright-protected food design or other work could be at risk for copyright infringement claims.

    Cooking is also a “ART”.

    Protect your art by filing a COPYRIGHT.

    Apply for Copyright Registration at Tech Corp International Strategist India TCIS, India.

3). Filing Patents in Food Industries

A food industry can obtain a patent on a novel and non-obvious recipe or cooking technique. However, overcoming the novel/non-obvious hurdle under patent law is difficult in the food industry. Patents can also be obtained for a novel food processing strategy. Moreover, patent rights can be used to protect new ideas which arise from the Research and Development department in the food industry. Food and drinks is one of the largest manufacturing sectors and industry invests heavily in R&D. Many Food industries overlook the opportunity to patent aspects of their food products or specialised manufacturing processes.

TCIS, India has a large in-house, full-time team of patent agents, attorneys, or former patent examiners, many of whom hold advanced degrees in food technology. We at Tech Corp International Strategist (TCIS, India) can help you determine if your invention is patentable. Our team of Patent attorneys have expertise in worldwide Patent analysis, Patent portfolio and landscaping besides Prior art searching, validity searches, Freedom to Operate report and Reporting patent Infringement for granted patents.

For further information on patents and patent filing in India connect with our highly skilled and experienced patent lawyers and IP strategists.

4). Plant Varieties Rights:

Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) is an internationally recognised system, which allows the breeder to hold intellectual property rights in the propagation of a new variety for commercial use. It enables the collection of end-point royalties (EPR), which can then be used to fund future breeding activities.

Plant breeders’ rights (PBR) are also known as plant variety rights (PVR), and gives the breeder exclusive control over the propagating material (including seed, cuttings, divisions, tissue culture) and harvested material (cut flowers, fruit, foliage) of a new variety of plant for a specific period of time.

To qualify for protection, a plant variety must be new, distinct from other varieties, and have uniform characteristics.

If You Are Wondering What The Process Is To Obtain Plant Variety Rights, Contact Our Attorneys at Tech Corp International Strategist India TCIS, India For More Information.

5). Obtaining Industrial Design Rights:

Industrial Design protection is provided for a shape, configuration, surface pattern, colour, or line (or a combination of these), which, when applied to a functional article, produces or increases aesthetics, and improves the visual appearance of the design. Industrial Design rights are provided for a period of 10 years and can be renewed for an additional period of 5 years. For a design to qualify for protection are: It should be novel, original, non-obvious and should be visible on a finished functional article.

To know more about obtaining Industrial Design Protection in India, Contact our Attorneys at Tech Corp International Strategist India TCIS, India

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Patenting Mind Control & Behaviour Modification Technology

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Brain employs different control strategies. Mind or thought control can be defined as the inability of the human subjects to think autonomously. Initially mind control was considered a mere conspiracy theory but it is REAL!!

Companies like Microsoft and Facebook are coming up with “Brain -Computer Interfaces” which can help the users increase their concentration and think their way around a computer device, hands free.

The emerging discipline of network neuroscience and network control deals with modulating human brain network to treat cognitive deficits and /or enhance mental abilities. A lot of patents are being filed in this field.  

WO/2016/207246

Title: DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EFFECTIVE INVASIVE TWO-STAGE NEUROSTIMULATION

Assignee: FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JÜLICH GMBH (Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse, Jülich, 52425, DE)

Publication date: 29 Dec 2016

Abstract:

The invention relates to a device for stimulating neurons, comprising a stimulation unit, which can be implanted in the body of a patient and which has a plurality of stimulation elements for stimulating neurons in the brain and/or spinal cord of the patient with stimuli, and a control unit, which operates the stimulation unit during a first time interval and during a second time interval following the first time interval in different stimulation modes. The control unit controls the stimulation unit during at least 75% of the duration of the first time interval in a first stimulation mode such that the stimulation element repeatedly generate sequences of stimuli and the order in which the stimulation elements generate the stimuli within a sequence is constant for not more than 5 successively generated sequences and is then varied. The control unit controls the stimulation unit during at least 75% of the duration of the second time interval in a second stimulation mode such that the stimulation elements repeatedly generate sequences of stimuli and the order in which the stimulation elements generate the stimuli within a sequence is constant for at least 25 successively generated sequences and is then varied. The intensity of stimuli in the first stimulation mode is lower than or equal to a predetermined stimulus intensity and the intensity of stimuli in the second stimulation mode is at least 1.3 times the predetermined stimulus intensity.

US 20180012009

Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE

Assignee: Arctop, Inc. (San Francisco, CA, US)

Publication Date: 11 Jan 2018

Abstract:

A method for providing a brain computer interface that includes detecting a neural signal of a user in response to a calibration session having a time-locked component and a spontaneous component; generating a user-specific calibration model based on the neural signal; prompting the user to undergo a verification session, the verification session having a time-locked component and a spontaneous component; detecting a neural signal contemporaneously with delivery of the verification session; generating an output of the user-specific calibration model from the neural signal; based upon a comparison operation between processed outputs, determining an authentication status of the user; and performing an authenticated action.

US 20170368348

Title: METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENHANCING MEMORY CONSOLIDATION

Assignee: ICM (INSTITUTE OF THE BRAIN AND THE SPINAL CORD (Paris, FR)

APHP (PUBLIC ASSISTANCE – HOSPITALS OF PARIS (Paris, FR) 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (CNRS) (Paris, FR)

UNIVERSITY PIERRE AND MARIE CURIE – PARIS 6 (UPMC) (Paris, FR)   

 INSERM (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH) (Paris Cedex 13, FR)

Publication Date: 28 Dec 2017

Abstract:

The present invention relates to methods and devices for consolidating memory and / or cognitive functions by monitoring brain dynamics and delivering a stimulus to the appropriate stage of sleep cycle.

US 9846483

Title: Headset with contactless electric field sensors for facial expression and cognitive state detection

Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC (Menlo Park, CA, US)

Publication Date: 19 Dec 2017

Abstract:

A head-mounted display (HMD) device includes a plurality of activity detection sensors coupled to a liner formed around a periphery of a HMD or a band attached to the HMD. The sensors attached to the liner are adopted for direct or indirect contact to an upper portion of a user’s face, and the sensors coupled to the band are adopted for direct or indirect contact with a back side of the user’s head. The activity detection sensors detect electrical field signals caused by muscle contractions in an upper portion of a user’s face or brain activity signals when the user is wearing the HMD. The HMD includes a module that reconstructs and projects a facial animation model of the user and a cognitive state of the user based on signals from the activity detection sensors while the HMD is in use by the user.

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US 20170351958

Title: BRAIN ACTIVITY PREDICTION

Assignee: UNIVERSITAT ZURICH (Zurich, CH) 

UNIVERSITY OF FRIBOURG (Fribourg, CH)

Publication Date: 7 Dec 2017

Abstract:  

A method for estimating a brain activity response following a stimulus of a person comprises the steps: providing a usage data set of the person from a personal device used by said person, wherein at least one usage attribute is associated to said usage data set, wherein attribute data is associated to each of the at least one usage attribute, providing a computational inference model, generated from a plurality of brain activity data sets and a plurality of usage data sets, wherein each brain activity data set comprises data derived from a brain activity response following a sensory stimulus, submitting the attribute data of each of the at least one usage attributes to said computational inference model, estimating a brain activity response following a sensory stimulus of said person by evaluating said computational inference model for the submitted attribute data. The method is useful to determine, for example the influence of intensive touch pad usage (of a smartphone) on somatosensory evoked potentials.

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Innovation & market adaptation way ahead for renewables, say experts

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Adapting to market demands and innovation will be the way forward for clean energy sources and technologies, experts from India and Japan said at the Global Partnership Summit here on Monday. The panel of experts was discussing the theme of ‘Clean Energy Sources and Technology’, especially the role of solar energy in India’s renewable energy expansion plan.

The discussion saw the participation of Masatsugu Shimono, Vice Chairman, IBM, Japan; Taishi Sugiyama, Senior Research Fellow, The Canon Institute for Global Studies; Aishwarya Kachhal, Indus Towers Limited and Prity Khastgir, Founder & CEO, Tech Corp International Strategist (TCIS). The session was moderated by Pranav Mehta, Founder Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India.

Setting the tone for the discussion, Mehta stressed that renewable energy has figured prominently in the Paris climate accord that has been ratified by 170 countries till now. He pointed out that while the developed countries were leading renewable energy production a few years back, China has now sped ahead by becoming the world’s top solar energy producer, ahead of United States of America, Germany and Japan. India is the sixth largest producer of solar energy and a recent report by consulting firm Bridge to India said that India’s solar energy capacity is expected to touch 20GW or 20,000 MW by the end of 2017-18 financial year. Currently, around 22% of India’s power comes from renewable energy sources, Mehta said.

Mehta added that there is also an urgent need for energy efficiency as conventional energy production sees significant loss during generation, distribution, storage and use.

Meanwhile, researcher Taishi Sugiyama said that in the coming years, electric vehicles, self-driven cars and car sharing are going to be major contributors in cutting carbon emissions. “Carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced up to 100% and can also bring a host of economic benefits,” said Sugiyama.

The panelists also emphasized RE’s impact on social innovation, health and livelihoods of people. Keeping in mind the present growth rate of the economy, the energy needs are expected to double in the next 6 to 7 years. To meet these needs, solar harvesting and big data analytics will play a pivotal role, said Prity Khastgir.

The Global Partnership Summit has evolved from the India Japan Global Partnership and the three-day event will see participation of over 200 speakers including central government ministers, industry leaders, academicians and social entrepreneurs. They will speak on issues such as clean energy, urban development, mobility, health and education among others.

Source:http://www.dnaindia.com/business/report-innovation-market-adaptation-way-ahead-for-renewables-say-experts-2566884

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Replying to TRADEMARK Objections

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 A Trademark is a type of intellectual property protection, under which a word, phrase, visual symbol and/or design used by a company to distinguish its goods or services from other similar goods or services originating from a different company can be protected. A trademark registration will confer an exclusive right and legal certainty to the use of registered trademark by the right holder.

 Trademark protection can be obtained by filing a trademark application with the relevant Trade Mark Registrar in the prescribed format and paying the required fees.

 Once a trademark application is filed, the trademark registration application will be allocated to a Trademark Officer in the Trademark Registrar Office. The Trademark Officer would then process the application and analyse it. The Trademark Officer will give its opinion about the Trademark in the form of an “Examination Report”. Based on the Examination Report, the trademark application is published in the trademark journal or an objection is raised for registration of Trademark.

 If the trademark registration application is objected by the Trademark Officer, the trademark applicant has the right to submit a written reply for the objections raised within 1 month from the date of receipt of examination report. The trademark examination reply should include reasons and evidences along with the supporting documents to prove the distinctiveness of the trademark and as to why the trademark should be registered. The application is allowed to be published in the Trademark Journal before registration only if the Trademark officer is satisfied by the reply. Thus, the reply to the Trademark examination report should address all the concerns raised by the Trademark Officer.

The Trademark Officer raises an objection for registration of trademark under Section 9 and Section 11 of “The Trade Marks Act, 1999”.

 

Section 9 of The Trade Marks Act, 1999 states the Absolute grounds for refusal of registration—

 

(1) The trade marks—

(a) which are devoid of any distinctive character, that is to say, not capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of another person;

(b) which consist exclusively of marks or indications which may serve in trade to designate the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, values, geographical origin or the time of production of the goods or rendering of the service or other characteristics of the goods or service;

(c) which consist exclusively of marks or indications which have become customary in the current language or in the bona fide and established practices of the trade, shall not be registered:

Provided that a trade mark shall not be refused registration if before the date of application for registration it has acquired a distinctive character as a result of the use made of it or is a well-known trade mark.

(2) A mark shall not be registered as a trade mark if—

(a) it is of such nature as to deceive the public or cause confusion;

(b) it contains or comprises of any matter likely to hurt the religious susceptibilities of any class or section of the citizens of India;

(c) it comprises or contains scandalous or obscene matter;

(d) its use is prohibited under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act,1950 (12 of 1950).

(3) A mark shall not be registered as a trade mark if it consists exclusively of—

(a) the shape of goods which results from the nature of the goods themselves; or

(b) the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result; or

(c) the shape which gives substantial value to the goods. \

Section 11 of The Trade Marks Act, 1999 states the Relative grounds for refusal of registration—

(1) A trade mark shall not be registered if, because of—

(a) its identity with an earlier trade mark and similarity of goods or services covered by the trade mark; or

(b) its similarity to an earlier trade mark and the identity or similarity of the goods or services covered by the trade mark,

there exists a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public, which includes the likelihood of association with the earlier trade mark.

(2) A trade mark which—

(a) is identical with or similar to an earlier trade mark; and

(b) is to be registered for goods or services which are not similar to those for which the earlier trade mark is registered in the name of a different proprietor, shall not be registered if or to the extent the earlier trade mark is a well-known trade mark in India and the use of the later mark without due cause would take unfair advantage of or be detrimental to the distinctive character or repute of the earlier trade mark.

(3) A trade mark shall not be registered if, or to the extent that, its use in India is liable to be prevented—

(a) by virtue of any law in particular the law of passing off protecting an unregistered trade mark used in the course of trade; or

(b) by virtue of law of copyright.

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(4) Nothing in this section shall prevent the registration of a trade mark where the proprietor of the earlier trade mark or other earlier right consents to the registration, and in such case the Registrar may register the mark under special circumstances under section 12.

(5) A trade mark shall not be refused registration on the grounds specified in sub-sections (2) and (3), unless objection on any one or more of those grounds is raised in opposition proceedings by the proprietor of the earlier trade mark.

(6) The Registrar shall, while determining whether a trade mark is a well-known trade mark, take into account any fact which he considers relevant for determining a trade mark as a well-known trade mark including—

(i) the knowledge or recognition of that trade mark in the relevant section of the public including knowledge in India obtained as a result of promotion of the trade mark;

(ii) the duration, extent and geographical area of any use of that trade mark;

(iii) the duration, extent and geographical area of any promotion of the trade mark, including advertising or publicity and presentation, at fairs or exhibition of the goods or services to which the trade mark applies;

(iv) the duration and geographical area of any registration of or any application for registration of that trade mark under this Act to the extent that they reflect the use or recognition of the trade mark;

(v) the record of successful enforcement of the rights in that trade mark, in particular the extent to which the trade mark has been recognised as a well-known trade mark by any court or Registrar under that record.

(7) The Registrar shall, while determining as to whether a trade mark is known or recognised in a relevant section of the public for the purposes of sub-section (6), take into account—

(i) the number of actual or potential consumers of the goods or services;

(ii) the number of persons involved in the channels of distribution of the goods or services

(iii) the business circles dealing with the goods or services, to which that trade mark applies.

(8) Where a trade mark has been determined to be well known in at least one relevant section of the public in India by any court or Registrar, the Registrar shall consider that trade mark as a well-known trade mark for registration under this Act.

(9) The Registrar shall not require as a condition, for determining whether a trade mark is a well-known trade mark, any of the following, namely:—

(i) that the trade mark has been used in India;

(ii) that the trade mark has been registered;

(iii) that the application for registration of the trade mark has been filed in India;

(iv) that the trade mark— (a) is well-known in; or (b) has been registered in; or (c) in respect of which an application for registration has been filed in, any jurisdiction other than India; or

(v) that the trade mark is well-known to the public at large in India.

(10) While considering an application for registration of a trade mark and opposition filed in respect thereof, the Registrar shall—

(i) protect a well-known trade mark against the identical or similar trademarks;

(ii) take into consideration the bad faith involved either of the applicant or the opponent affecting the right relating to the trade mark.

(11) Where a trade mark has been registered in good faith disclosing the material informations to the Registrar or where right to a trade mark has been acquired through use in good faith before the commencement of this Act, then, nothing in this Act shall prejudice the validity of the registration of that trade mark or right to use that trade mark on the ground that such trade mark is identical with or similar to a well-known trade mark.

Thus, if the Trademark officer has raised an objection under Section 9 or Section 11 of the Trade Mark Act, 1999, the reply must contain the judicial precedent and should prove the point with proper evidence.

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In face of the unprecedented pace of changes worldwide, choosing a career is a difficult process. It is a challenge to manage the rate of change and to implement today’s set of changes while planning for tomorrow’s.

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Despite the information technology and tremendous growth of knowledge, our education system fails to develop student’s creativity, independent thinking and capabilities so that they can make responsible career choices and make the best of the opportunities that lay ahead.

A large population of students are unsure of occupation that is suitable to them even after taking admission in a college or university programme. Many high school graduate decide to enter into a college/university programme based on friendship, potential income, convenience and comfort. There is a lack of self understanding, personal planning and goal setting abilities among students which result in limited work efficiency and demoralized work attitude due to lack of interest,  when they enter workplace.

Hence career counselling platforms are remedial or advisory services for students when they are in a need of making subject or career choice. A number of technologies based on artificial intelligence and machine learning are coming up to provide support to users in making choices during career planning in accordance with their interests, capabilities, and orientation.

Some of the recent patents filed for the platforms that provide career guidance are:

US 9767525

Title: Methods and systems for providing career inspiration, motivation and guidance to a user

Assignee: LifeJourney USA, LLC (Baltimore, MD, US)

Publication Date: 19 Sept 2017

Abstract:

Methods, systems, and media are disclosed for providing career motivation, career inspiration and career guidance to a user through one or more journeys. Metrics concerning attention and fact retention of the user after having been presented with one or more career videos on a user device and after the user having responded to career- and skill-specific situational learning exercises and questioning may be recorded in a student record. A career code, such as a Holland Code, may be determined for the user using the responses provided by the user during a career tendency assessment. Metrics of the user’s selection of one or more careers may be recorded in the student record. Mentor interaction may be provided for the selected one or more careers and results of the mentor interaction may be stored in the student record. One or more virtual field trips may be provided to the user and results of the one or more virtual field trips may be stored in the student record. A resume may be generated using the student record.

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 WO/2017/213891

Title: PERSONALIZED CHATBOTS FOR INMATES

Assignee: GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORPORATION (12021 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 100 Reston, Virginia, 20190, US)

Publication Date: 14 Dec 2017

Abstract:

A communication system for providing a positive communication to an inmate is provided. The communication system includes memory that stores data, and an application server that that analyzes that data to determine topics that are important to the inmate. The application server includes a topic rating system to rate the topics based on importance to the inmate and based on an emotional tone used by the inmate during a communication. When the application server receives a question from the inmate, the application server searches the data and the Internet and responds based on the answer and the data stored in memory. The application server also provides support to the inmate by suggesting counseling services according to the needs of the inmate. Further, the communication system provides a positive influence to the inmate to encourage educational progression.

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US 20160104260

Title: Practitioner Career Management Assessment Interviewer Method and Tool

Assignee: CLAIRE Technologies (Pasadena, MD, US) Alexton Incorporated (Alexandria, VA, US)

Publication Date: 14 April 2017

Abstract:

The practitioner career assessment is a method and device for providing career development and advancement management within hiring organizations. The method includes the steps of consolidating all of a user’s career experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, and automating career guidance and a career pathway roadmap of the user’s career development and advancement. As a result, the assessment is operated by a hiring organization, under the complete control of the user, and conducted in a confidential manner, free of any judgment prejudice, and devoid of known and unknown biases associated with human factor or supervisory factors to provide guidance and create a career pathway roadmap to goals and advancement. The device includes a number of modules including a system access, user homepage, user profile or census, core and optional goal assessments, assessment generation, guidance, outreach, reporting, and requirements traceability matrix (RTM) modules.

WO/2017/007363

Title: METHOD FOR DETERMINING PERSON’S PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPE

Assignee: DROZDOVSKIY, Aleksandr Kuzmich (ul. Frunze, 16 kv. 10, St.Petersburg 5, 196135, RU)

Publication Date: 12 Jan 2017

Abstract:

The invention relates to the fields of psychophysiology, psychology, sociology, pedagogy and medicine, and may be used in conducting individual and large-scale studies in the fields of psychophysiology, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, medicine, recruiting and career counseling for determining a person’s psychological personality type and also, on the basis of same, for evaluating psychophysiological and psychological compatibility. The novelty of the invention consists in determining, across a broad range of ages and without using questionnaire tests, a psychological personality type on the basis of objective data regarding the characteristics of a person’s nervous system.

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Electric vehicles and the Future

Electric vehicles and the Future 

The popularity of electric vehicles has shot up over the last few years with a great shift in the public’s attitude towards electric vehicles and a constantly improving public recharging system. Electric cars and trucks are powered by electricity and are cleaner and cheaper to drive than conventional vehicles.  With a rapid increase in the use of personal vehicles around the world, the demand for fuel is also increasing. Transportation accounts for about one-fifth of global energy use, and passenger vehicles account for about ten percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. In such a scenario, electric vehicles hold significant potential for increasing energy security, cutting emissions and improving local air quality.

Electric vehicles is a broad term that refers to a wide range of cars and other vehicles. However electric vehicles are of following types:

  1. Hybrid-electric vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine system with an electric propulsion system to reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. These advanced vehicles cut fuel use and costs while maintaining performance, protecting public health and the environment.
  2. Plug-in hybrids are hybrids with high capacity batteries that can be charged by plugging them into an electrical outlet or charging station for short-range travel on battery power alone.
  3. Battery electric vehicle run entirely on battery power, utilizing chemical energy stored in rechargeable battery packs thereby producing zero tailpipe emissions. They are recharged from an electrical outlet.
  4. Fuel cell vehicles uses a fuel cell instead of an electrical battery. Fuel cell electric vehicles are powered by hydrogen. Unlike conventional vehicles which run on gasoline or diesel, fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which runs a motor.

Electric vehicles have several advantages over conventional vehicles like electric vehicles are energy efficient and environment friendly providing performance benefits and reduced energy dependence. However the market of electric vehicles is still developing, and there are many battery related challenges, particularly with technology integration, optimization, and scale-up.

Recent Patents filed in the electric vehicle market:

WO/2017/213838

Title: ALL ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITHOUT PLUG-IN REQUIREMENT

Assignee: WELSCHOFF, Heinz (1820 NE 56th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL, FL, US)

Publication Date: 14 Dec 2017

Abstract:

An electric powered vehicle includes a battery pack capable of storing electric energy, A fuel engine operated with a clean fuel. A generator or alternator 126 having communication with the engine, and supply electric energy to the electric driving motor A starter of the fuel engine activates when a sensed charge of the battery pack falls to or below the DMF value. Included is a second 128 and third generator or alternator 130 in communication with the fuel engine during periods when no electrical communication exists between the EDM and the battery pack. The second and third generators maintain an electrical output to the battery pack until the battery packs are fully charged. Included is a rear generator or alternator 152 in communication with a rear drive shaft assembly, or differential, including a level orientation sensor and a rotational velocity sensor communication between an output of such communication enabled upon any downhill motion of the vehicle above a predetermined operational velocity determined by the velocity sensor. A second rear generator 156 is controlled by an accelerator pedal, rpm sensor, electric clutch and is activated when no pressure is applied by a driver upon the accelerator pedal, permitting charging of the battery pack by the second rear generator 156 only upon a condition of zero acceleration. A third rear generator 300 is activated by the brake pedal and brake pedal switch does charge the battery packs 102/104.

WO/2017/211793

Title: ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN, TRANSMISSION, AND VEHICLE

Assignee: PUNCH POWERTRAIN N.V. (Industriezone Schurhovenveld 4125, 3800 Sint-Truiden, 3800, BE)

Publication Date: 14 Dec 2017

Abstract:

The present disclosure relates to a powertrain (K) for driving a vehicle (C). The powertrain (K) comprises two powertrain modules (Y,Y’) comprising each a rotating machine (M,M’) and a transmission (T,T’). The transmissions (T,T’) are arranged to align their respective output shafts (S2,S2′) towards a common wheel axis (A1) for driving a pair of opposite wheels of the vehicle (C). The first rotating axis (A3), the second rotating axis (A3) and a central axis (A0) of the powertrain K are parallel and offset with respect to the each other and the first rotating axis (A3) and the second rotating axis (A3′) are mirror-symmetrically offset on opposite sides of the central axis (A0). In this way a compact and versatile design is achieved.

WO/2017/213850

Title: RESPONSE AMPLITUDE MODIFICATION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE MISFIRE DETECTIONS

Assignee: FCA US LLC (1000 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326, US)

Publication Date: 14 Nov 2017

Abstract:

Misfire detection techniques for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor involve utilizing a crankshaft speed sensor configured to generate a crankshaft speed signal indicative of a rotational speed of a crankshaft of the engine that is coupled to the electric motor via a flywheel. The techniques also utilize a controller configured to control the electric motor to provide a vibrational response to dampen disturbances to the crankshaft, receive the crankshaft speed signal, selectively modify the crankshaft speed signal to obtain a modified crankshaft speed signal, and detect a misfire of the engine based on the modified crankshaft speed signal and a set of thresholds including at least one of a negative misfire threshold and a positive vibrational response threshold.

US 20170355272

Title: IN-VEHICLE STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC-POWER CONVERTER

Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Toyota-shi, JP)

Publication Date: 14 Dec 2017

Abstract:

In an in-vehicle structure described in the present specification, an electric-power converter is fixed onto a transaxle and positioned in front of a cowl top. The electric-power converter includes a capacitor configured to restrain a high-frequency fluctuation in a voltage of electric power supplied from a battery, and a discharge circuit configured to discharge the capacitor. A connector (a signal connector) to which a wiring harness for communication of a discharge instruction signal to operate the discharge circuit at a time of a collision is connected is provided on a side face of the electric-power converter, the side face of the electric-power converter being facing in a vehicle width direction.

US 9843234

Title: Electric machine for a vehicle, in particular for a utility vehicle, and method for protection against ingress of water

Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus AG (Munich, DE)

Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017

Abstract:

An electric machine for a vehicle, in particular for a utility vehicle, includes a rotor mounted rotatably on a shaft and a stator surrounding the rotor, at least one device of the electric machine located in at least one pressure chamber which is subjected at least intermittently to an overpressure which is elevated with respect to the ambient pressure. The over pressure in at least one pressure chamber protects against ingress of water

US 9843187

Title: System and method for aggregating electric vehicle loads for demand response events

Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, JP)

Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017

Abstract:

A computer-implemented method for aggregating electric vehicle loads for demand response events includes receiving a demand response (DR) event request from a utility system indicative of a DR event for an area. The DR event request includes at least one event parameter for participation in the DR event. The method includes determining a first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) DR event load for the area based on the DR event request and charging data received from electric vehicles associated with a first OEM. Upon determining the first original OEM DR event load does not meet the at least one event parameter, the method includes aggregating charging data from electric vehicles associated with a second OEM with the first OEM DR event load to determine an aggregated DR load for the area.

US 9840164

Title: Electric vehicle

Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (Hamamatsu-Shi, Shizuoka-Ken, JP)

Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017

Abstract:

An electric vehicle capable of efficiently and reliably cooling a power converter disposed inside an exterior. An electric vehicle includes a frame extending in a longitudinal direction, a power converter being long in the longitudinal direction along the frame, and an exterior extending in the longitudinal direction to cover the frame and the power converter, the exterior defining a cooling air path between the power converter to allow cooling air to flow through the cooling air path along the longitudinal direction. The power converter extends in the longitudinal direction in the cooling air path, and includes a plurality of heat radiation fins protruding toward an inner surface of the exterior, and the exterior includes an air induction port provided at a front end of the cooling air path to allow travelling wind to flow into the cooling air path.

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Pharma Sector in India is caught in the debate over the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and access to affordable medicines. Affordable drugs are necessary and is a matter of great concern for the healthcare system. There is a need to refine the Drug policy in India in the light of growing concerns about patent filing in the pharma sector and access to cheap medicines.

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights encourages companies to invest in research and development. Most companies invest in research and development so that they can reap profits from the product developed. Patenting the product or process ensures that others do not replicate the concerned product to gain a share of the potential profits. But the critics of enforcement of intellectual property rights in the pharma sector argue that patents encourage monopolies. The pharmaceutical companies who patent drugs can sell those drugs at quite high prices because of no competition involved in the marketing of the drug.

The incomplete understanding of intellectual property rights (IPRs) is the real issue that India’s drug industry is facing. Currently, only 5% of medicines used in India are said to be patent-protected. Breakthrough therapies are being developed in the world but why these therapies are not made available to India but are being introduced in other countries?

It is observed that the new drugs and therapies encounter delay in marketing approval in India despite their global launch. Moreover the new drugs that are launched in India are produced and sold as generic versions by Indian manufacturers within one year of their introduction. Generic medicines are the copies of brand name counterparts of drugs originally developed by other companies. The rapid appearance of generic versions of medicines and delays in marketing approval display a lack of faith in the patent regime.

Patents are important in innovative sectors like pharmaceutical industry as they provide incentives for companies to invest in those sectors. Investment in innovation, research and development is an essential component of supporting an innovative and enterprising economy.

In order to link medical innovation with affordable treatment  a supportive role by the Government is required. The government should design a price-control mechanism without tampering the grant of patents. The government should deploy tools to reduce uncertainty in Intellectual Property Rights and to build an ecosystem that promotes medical innovation. We must achieve a balance between the current and future needs of patients and the timely introduction of existing and new pharmaceutical drugs.

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