The idea of getting patents is a good moves from the point of view of enforcing the patent rights. Let’s talk about haptic technology patented by Immersion.U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 titled ‘Haptic Feedback System and Stored Effects‘ which deploys feedback to a device by responding with a vibration and the ability to store the feedback patterns and effects.
Important International Patent Classifications Identified by the Patent Examiner in this Patented Innovation:
G06F3/041Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
G06F3/016Input arrangements with force or tactile feedback as computer generated output to the user
H04M19/04Current supply arrangements for telephone systems providing ringing current or supervisory tones, e.g. dialling tone, busy tone ringing-current generated at substation
H04M19/048Arrangements providing optical indication of the incoming call, e.g. flasher circuits
Haptic devices incorporate microcontrollers, drivers, actuators or motors, as well as software for multimodal experiences that improve the usability by engaging touch, sound and sight. Haptics is widely becoming a tool used in a variety of applications they can be found in virtual reality applications to give a greater sense of realism or create a 3D environment. The haptic technology has been found in smartphones and computer and video games for many years but the innovations utilizing haptic technology is now integrating haptic technology into healthcare, transportation, robotics etc.
Some of the recent patents based on haptic technology:
Title: Eye tracking to move the cursor within view of a pilot
Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA, US)
Publication Date: 28 Nov 2017
The present disclosure is directed to a method for managing a location of a cursor on a display. The method may include the step of receiving an input from a user. The method may also include the step of detecting a gaze of the user within the display. The method may also include the step of displaying the cursor on the display within the gaze of the user.
Title: NOVEL PORTABLE DEVICE HAVING A CHANGEABLE ILLUMINATED DISPLAY AND COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORM
Assignee: Eiland, Donald Curtis (Milpitas, CA, US)
Publication Date: 7 Dec 2017
The present invention relates generally to illuminated display devices and methods of displaying indicia, advertisements, etc. on a changeable illuminated display. The display device comprises a frame structure, a plurality of openings formed in the frame structure, the plurality of openings comprising first and second open spaces disposed at top and bottom positions, respectively, of the frame structure, and the plurality of openings further comprising a third open space disposed between the first and second open spaces. The display device further comprises a compact image display device operable to display an image, the compact image display device held and positioned relative to the frame structure such that first, second, and third different portions of the image, when displayed by the compact image display device, are visible through the plurality of openings first, second, and third open spaces, respectively. Additionally, control circuitry is coupled to the compact image display device.
Title: Haptic augmented and virtual reality system for simulation of surgical procedures
Assignee: IMMERSIVE TOUCH, INC. (Westmont, IL, US)
Publication Date: 7 Feb 2017
The present technology relates to systems, methods and devices for haptically-enabled virtual reality simulation of cerebral aneurysm clipping, wherein a user uses two physical stations during the simulation. The first station is a haptic and augmented reality station, and the second station is a haptic and virtual reality station.
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Patent Search: Determine how prior art is similar or different?
Patent filing requires “money”. Patents have filing fees, professional fees and maintenance fees over the life of the patent and a large amount of money is required for the defence of the patent. A Patent search is carried out inorder to ascertain that the patent generates enough financial gains to justify the cost associated with its filing and the time and expense of moving forward with a patent application is a worthwhile.
For inventors, searching prior-art in the form of patents filed and granted should be the first step in the patent application process. Patent search gives an opportunity to discover which aspects of your invention can be claimed and high quality patent searches can help inventors anticipate about the scope of any patent claim. Without a patent search an inventor will describe the various aspects of an invention as if they are equally important which won’t be the case.
A patent is lot more than just a document. Careful assessment of patents found in the search report is tedious but the inventors who really take the time to read the key patents found in the search know its importance in contributing to the decision about whether to move forward with the patent application and then ultimately to meaningfully contribute to the preparation of a patent application.
Unfortunately, a lot of inventors only give a hasty and not thorough review of the patents found, thereby missing a great opportunity to use the prior art found to figure out what is most likely unique and patentable. Inventors perhaps look at the titles, the pictures, maybe read the Abstract and get overwhelmed.
For this reason inventors frequently choose to hire a patent professional or patent attorney for carrying out patent search. The inventor has the detailed knowledge of the invention, and is in the best position to identify the similarity and differences of the invention with respect to the prior art and the patent professional is in the best position to determine whether those differences will likely contribute to patentability through a collaborative approach.
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Many a times inventors carry out a patent search themselves before filing a patent application and during the patent examination an exact invention already patented is found. But this is why you do the search!!!!
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Difference between Patent pending and Patent granted
Patent-pending sounds great, doesn’t it? But it does differ from a regular patent. Not every patent application results in a granted patent.
“Patent pending” (sometimes abbreviated by “pat. pend.” or “pat. pending”) or “patent applied for” are legal designations or expressions that simply means that you have applied for, but have not yet been granted, a patent.
The words “patent pending” carry no formal legal significance but it communicates that you are “pursuing a patent” and have filed a provisional patent or a patent application. The patent applicants usually mark their articles with such words after filing an application because Patent-pending status protects your innovation while you are working through the patent process by keeping competitors from scooping your idea and marketing it as their own.
A strong patent portfolio help in fuelling investments for emerging tech companies. Investors often look to see whether a budding company has protected its intellectual property when determining whether to invest or not. It is more likely that you will be taken seriously if you come to the table with excellent technical knowledge and a patent-pending for your idea that’s been well-researched and profits projected, even if you don’t have all the connections with the big players. Holding a patent pending status also allows you to begin marketing for your product even before the patent is granted providing some control over the use of your product while warning others against attempting to file patents for substantially similar products.
However, the use of patent pending status by the patent applicant does not prohibit the third party to plead as innocent unless the patent number is indicated as the infringement action can be initiated only after the patent is granted.
Patent-pending status is temporary and only offers protection for a brief period of time, with protections similar to a regular patent. “Patent pending” (sometimes abbreviated by “pat. pend.” or “pat. pending”) or “patent applied for” are legal designations or expressions that can be used in relation to a product or process once a patent application for the product or process has been filed, but prior to the patent being issued or the application abandoned.
Not every patent application results in a granted patent. A patent can be licensed only after it is granted. Licensing a patent simply means that the patent owner grants permission to another individual/organization to make, use, sell etc. his/her patented invention according to agreed terms and conditions.
If a man is keeping an idea to himself, and that idea is taken by stealth or trickery-I say it is stealing. But once a man has revealed his idea to others, it is no longer his alone. It belongs to the world.” ― Linda Sue Park
Patents allow companies with innovative products to benefit from their research and development by giving them exclusive right to make and sell these products, usually for a period of 20 years.
A delay in granting patents prevent companies from commercializing their products whereas a quick grant of patent allows the companies to fully enjoy their patent rights by providing an opportunity to capitalize.
“We are born rich, it is for us to decide between materialistic poorness or building upon intellectual richness.” ― Vishwas Chavan
Technology is moving at a very fast pace. By the time a technology is developed and commercialized it’s more efficient alternative is in the pipeline. So in today’s age where patent rights play a vital role in encouraging innovations across the globe, a timely grant of patent is imperative.
One of the problem in Indian Patent System is that patent grant process in India takes a long time and there is a huge backlog of pending patent applications in Indian Patent Office. A patent application takes on average 6 years to get approved in India.
A faster prosecution of patents requires an efficient working of the Indian Patent Office and active compliance from the applicants. Also an important factor behind the delay is shortage of patent examiners. With increased examiners and controllers it is expected that the time for patent grant will come down.
“The patent system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius” -Abraham Lincoln
Moreover, Indian Patent Office has launched many new initiatives directed at faster examination of patent applications one such initiative is expedited examination routine which application is taken out of the normal queue and examined. Patents are granted within a time frame of 12-15 months and office action is issued within 3-4 months of submitting the request for expedited examination.
“Intellectual property is a key aspect of economic development” – Craig Venter
The following category of applicants can use this expedited examination route according to Patent rules amended in 2016-
(i) A Startup Company which according to the said rule is a an entity involved in research and development, is not more than 5 years old and does not have an annual turnover of 25 crores of Indian currency.
(ii) A patent applicant which has selected India as the International Searching Authority in the PCT application corresponding to the Indian Applicant.
If an applicant satisfies the above criteria but has already filed the Request for Examination(RFE), can convert the already filed RFE to an expedited one by paying balance fee.
Patent Office adds the flame of interest to the light of creativity. And that is why we need to improve the effectiveness of our Patent Office”. – Abrahm Lincoln
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