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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.

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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...)
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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)
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Patent Pending

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.



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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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You might have used People You May Know feature where Facebook suggest people you should send that awkward friend request to. People have noticed how weirdly accurate that feature is and imagining how it would be better is unbelievable.
A Facebook patent was uncovered recently and from the looks of it, it is one creepy filed patent. It describes a method of how Facebook would utilize wireless communications to suggest connections for a user. The wireless communications technologies that could be detected include either NFC, Bluetooth, RFID, Z-Wave or PAN communications.
Facebook will use those signals to measure how close the two devices are and analyse the data to infer whether the two people have met. The patent also claims to rank the second person among factors like proximity to the first user, frequency of meetings, duration of the meetings and a pattern of the occurrences.
They can even monitor data from other sensors on your phone like the gyroscope o accelerometer to infer whether the two people are moving in the same pattern, like walking or running together.
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Apple presented an electric vehicle feature via a patent application this week entitled "Peloton," which outlines designs to connect the batteries of moving EVs to reduce energy usage via load sharing.

In a patent filed Tuesday by Apple Inc. with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a set of designs for a method linking moving vehicles together for the benefit of all emerged. The document is titled, "Peloton," a term for the main group of bikers in a race. Likewise, the patent describes a method of linking a group of at least two vehicles on the road in the optimal configuration "so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection."

Created 29 October 2018
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Apple was granted a total of 46 patents today, including a patent for a 3D printing technology that uses triangular tessellation. The patent, which was initially filed in 2014, describes a process invented by computer scientist Michael R. Sweet which utilizes a triangular infill pattern to produce stronger, more efficient 3D printed models.

According to the patent description, the triangular tessellation 3D printing method proposed is meant to enable faster print speeds and to reduce the amount of material used for a given part. This is achieved by using a “triangle support pattern” (or triangular tessellation) print head motion instead of a circular print head movements, which are more or less standard in existing 3D printers.

In short, the patent describes a 3D printing process wherein the print head extrudes material onto a print bed in a triangular tessellated pattern. Unlike many common infill patterns which are constant throughout a since piece, the triangular pattern would vary in size or density. For instance, the outer edges of a part would be made up o smaller triangles, while non-edge portions could have larger triangular tessellation (thus reducing material consumption.)

Created 29 October 2018
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has provided further guidance for examination in relation to the patentability of inventions involving mathematical methods and computer programs. This updated guidance is of particular relevance to inventions relating to the fast-growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  This guidance was published as part of the EPO’S annual update of the “Guidelines for Examination”.
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appleinsider Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:03 AM
In a first anywhere for the ongoing legal fight between Qualcomm and Apple, a Munich regional court has rendered a final judgment in a Qualcomm patent complaint against Apple, awarding victory to Apple.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus don't violate a Qualcomm European patent, EP1199750, which covers a "post[-]passivation interconnection scheme on top of [an] IC chip," a three-judge panel ruled according to FOSS Patents. The decision comes just one week after a trial, which may suggest that even if Qualcomm files an appeal with the Munich Higher Regional Court, it could face an uphill battle.

Several other German cases are still in progress. One is going to trial in Munich on Nov. 8, and a ruling on another —also in Munich, involving the iPhone's Spotlight search — should arrive in December. Still more actions are being dealt with in the city of Mannheim.

Apple launched its first case against Qualcomm in January 2017, and since then the two companies have filed actions against each other around the world. Simultaneously the firms have had to address various regulatory bodies.

In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission dealt a blow to Qualcomm byruling against banning iPhone imports, even though Apple may have violated one of three cited patents. iPhone assembly takes place entirely overseas, so Apple would have received a serious financial hit had a ban taken effect.

Apple has accused Qualcomm of withholding promised rebates and abusing its market position to demand high royalties. Qualcomm though has complained that Apple is not only violating patents, but even sharing its trade secrets with Intel. iPhones have long used Qualcomm modems, but the iPhone XS line is Intel-only. 
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Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition.
The patent, titled "Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users," was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed the patent application in March 2017.
The patent describes a voice assistant that can detect "abnormal" physical or emotional conditions. "For example, physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user," the patent says. "A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality."
It's not clear what ads would be sent based on a user's emotional state, but someone who is sick might be asked if they want to buy cold medicine.
"A current physical and/or emotional condition of the user may facilitate the ability to provide highly targeted audio content, such as audio advertisements or promotions, to the user," the patent said.
If the Amazon voice assistant determines that you have a sore threat, the system would "communicate with the audio content server(s)" to select the appropriate ad. "For example, certain content, such as content related to cough drops or flu medicine, may be targeted towards users who have sore throats," the patent says.
Alexa might then ask, "would you like to order cough drops with 1 hour delivery?" After the order is made, the voice assistant "may append a message to the audible confirmation, such as well wishes, or 'feel better!'"
System could raise privacy concerns
Companies get patents all the time for technologies that never make it to market, so there is no guarantee this capability will be implemented in future versions of Alexa.
Amazon would have to consider the privacy implications of letting its voice assistant analyze the emotional and physical states of Amazon customers. Amazon and other tech companies last month were called to a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to testify about consumer data privacy, and senators are considering whether to write a new privacy law.

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