Marco Connor

Senior European Patent Attorney

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Created 23 May 2019
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Amazon has filed a patent for a system that detects and records package theft and alerts homeowners. This system generates an alert based on smart home devices such as doorbells with audio and visual capabilities.
Created 23 May 2019
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The latest patent of Disney relates to an autonomous painting system for painting a target surface of a structure. This patent states that the system uses drones to perform the painting.
Created 20 May 2019
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The latest patent of Honda relates to a bike that supports variable riding position. This patent relates to a bike that can convert from a sports bike with a crouched riding position to a street bike with an upright position.
Created 20 May 2019
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Just a few days ago, Apple was granted a patent that described a new technology that could allow the company to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor on the iPhones. Now, yet another patent from the Cupertino tech giant has appeared on the website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent is named “fingerprint biometric sensor for generating three-dimensional fingerprint ridge data and related methods”, and it was published on May 7th, 2019. The company originally filed for this patent in September 2016.
Created 17 May 2019
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The latest patent filed by Dyson relates to an electric vehicle such as an electric car. The patent states that electric car may have a long wheelbase, an interior cabin with reclining seats and an aerodynamic design. The patent also indicates that the company is working on a vehicle with larger wheels to improve efficiency.


Created 17 May 2019
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A new entry into the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may show where Samsung may think foldable displays and their use in the future are headed. It depicts an electronic product that can lay flat, but can also be folded...into a 3D rectangle. This "display device", therefore, may be a new kind of convertible, although it does not really seem that portable.


The 'brick' form is supported by the tabs, which face inwards. This allows the device to stand independently and display information such as time to the user.

The alleged Samsung patent in its 'block' form. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Created 11 April 2019
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Toyota wil de populariteit van hybride wagens doen toenemen en geeft daarom concurrenten de kans om hun technologie te gebruiken.

Toyota gaat patenten hybride wagens vrij beschikbaar stellen - TechPulse

Autofabrikant Toyota heeft vandaag bekendgemaakt dat het de wereld toegang gaat geven tot zijn patenten voor hybride wagens en dat tot in het jaar 2030. De technologie van Toyota mag gebruikt worden zonder dat er royalties moeten betaald word.

Toyota blijft hybride transportmogelijkheden belangrijk vinden, zelfs ten tijde dat de populariteit van volledig elektrische voertuigen (EVs) aan een opmars bezig is. Met deze zet hoopt de fabrikant dan ook hybride wagens te promoten als dé brug tussen klassieke wagens en EVs.

Toyota is in het bezit van bijna 24.000 patenten. Dat gaat dan van motoren tot batterijen en alle onderdelen die je je maar kan bedenken. Toyota is ook de producent van de razend populaire Prius, waarvan er al meer dan 13 miljoen exemplaren de deur uitgingen sinds de introductie ervan in 1997.

Toyota liet in een persbericht weten dat het veel verzoeken tot informatie krijgt over sommige van hun elektrische systemen en vindt dan ook dat het tijd is om op het vlak van hybride wagens te gaan samenwerken.

Created 11 April 2019
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De economie wordt hoe langer hoe minder tastbaar. Patenten, onderzoek en ontwikkeling, software, netwerken en andere immateriële zaken worden steeds belangrijker. Alleen zien we dat niet in de bedrijfscijfers of nationale rekeningen. Daardoor miskijken we ons op de werkelijke waarde van bedrijven en de economie, en op de gevolgen van die immateriële verschuiving. (lees verder...)
Created 14 March 2019
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Companies and inventors from all over the world filed 174,317 patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2018, an increase of 4.6% compared to the previous year. The EPO also published 127 625 granted European patents last year, 21% more than in 2017 and the largest number to date. The rise in European patent applications highlights the global attractiveness of the European market and indicates a strong position for European companies operating in their home territory. Indeed, 47% of patent applications at the EPO last year came from firms based in the 38 EPO member states (Fig.: Origin of patent applications 2018). European companies were at the centre of the increase in patent applications, filing 3.8% more applications in 2018 – their highest growth since 2010. Firms from the 38 EPO member states were responsible for nearly 40% of the total growth registered at the EPO – more than China, Japan and the Republic of Korea combined. (Read more)
Created 08 March 2019
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EPO member states further discuss patentability of plants


In the light of T 1063/18, a recent board of appeal decision, the meeting of the Committee on Patent Law saw the Office and representatives of the 38 EPO member states discuss the patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological processes.


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Created 01 February 2019
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Door Koenraad Verherstraeten maandag 28 januari 2019

Bijna twee weken geleden meldden we dat Microsoft zou werken aan Windows om het besturingssysteem voor te bereiden op apparaten met vouwbare schermen. Dat is natuurlijk niet onlogisch aangezien steeds meer fabrikanten werken aan toestellen die gebruik maken van deze moderne beeldschermtechnologie. Nu blijkt dat in het WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) al in 2017 een patent publiceerde van Intel dat betrekking heeft op een mobiel apparaat in de vorm van een smartphone, die uitgevouwen kan worden tot een tamelijk grote smartphone.

Wat het toestel extra bijzonder maakt, is het feit dat het volledige toestel randloos is doordat de sensoren en camera's onder het scherm geplaatst zijn, zodat de gebruiker kan genieten van een zo goed als ononderbroken scherm. Het toestel zal iets dikker zijn doordat je het twee keer kan openvouwen, in plaats van slechts één keer, wat een aantal creatieve mogelijkheden creëert om het toestel te gebruiken.Ten slotte is er in het apparaat ook ruimte gemaakt voor een stylus.
Het patent is er natuurlijk al een tijdje gepubliceerd en Intel heeft in al die tijd nog niets bekendgemaakt over het toestel. We hopen dat daar in de nabije toekomst verandering in komt, maar voorlopig blijft het bij een blik op een potentieel toekomstig hebbeding.

Created 01 February 2019
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By Jon Porter@JonPorty Jan 25, 2019, The Verge

The foldable phones are coming, that much we can all agree on. Multiple manufacturers have announced their intentions to produce a folding device, Google is building support for them into Android, and we’ve even seen the first such phone actually make its way to market in China. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, rumors suggest more announcements are in store from companies ranging from Huawei to Motorola and even Oppo. But outside of an implicit agreement that folding phones are going to happen, there’s close to no consensus about what the best form for them actually is. Through various early teases, announcements, and patent filings, we’ve seen a range of different form-factors proposed. Ask four different manufacturers what form their folding phone will take, and you’ll get four very different answers.

Created 01 February 2019
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Seth Kubersky Orlando Weekly January 28

Universal may have struck upon a solution in their new patent application for "Systems and Methods for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Path Management," which basically boils down to harnessing guests like hyperactive toddlers on a leash and tethering them to an overhead track, allowing them to walk forward without straying across their neighbors' path.

Universal's idea appears to enable multiple guests to use the attraction simultaneously using a "block zone" method "to ensure that users do not interfere with other users' experiences."

Similar to systems that allow multiple roller coaster trains to be on the same track without crashing into each other, the tether would restrain guests from getting too close to a slower player ahead of them while displaying "VR images of a locked gate, a dense fog, dense foliage, a wall, etc." The tracks could even have multiple branching paths, giving users the illusion of free roaming without fear of flailing into fellow players.

Created 18 December 2018
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Neighborhood Watch

A new patent application by commerce giant Amazon describes a smart doorbell that would use a camera to monitor users’ neighborhoods using facial recognition technology and report suspicious activity to the authorities. Needless to say, it immediately made privacy advocates uncomfortable

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The patent for the doorbell lists as its inventor James Siminoff, the CEO of home security startup Ring, which Amazon acquired in February 2018.

There’s no guarantee that a patent will become an actual product — remember those goofy VR rollerskates Google filed an application for in November? — but CNN speculated that Amazon’s interest in the doorbell is connected to its social network called Neighbors, which is built on Ring technology and is meant to share information about thieves who steal packages.



Created 12 November 2018
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a Bayer patent that covered traditionally bred broccoli adapted for the ease of harvesting.
The patent, which was granted to Monsanto in 2013 and later sold to Bayer, covered plants, seeds and harvested severed broccoli heads that grow slightly higher in order to ease harvesting. An opposition to the patent was originally filed in 2014.
No Patents on Seeds protested the patent by erecting the “largest broccoli in the world” outside of the EPO building in Munich. A petition with around 75,000 signatures supporting opposition to the patent was also handed over.
The EPO introduced new rules for examination in 2017, which mean that patents on animals and plants can no longer be granted if they are derived from conventional breeding using methods like crossing and selection. European law prohibits patents on plant varieties and animal varieties.
This first time the new rules have resulted in the revocation of a patent.
Commenting on the news, Christoph Then of No Patents on Seeds said: “This is an important success for the broad coalition of civil society organisations against patents on plants and animals.”
 “Without our activities, the EPO rules would not have been changed and the patent would still be valid. The giant corporations, such as Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, have failed in their attempt to completely monopolise conventional breeding through using patents.”

He added: “But there are still huge legal loopholes as shown in the case of conventionally bred barley. Political decision makers now have to take further action.”

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