Disney Patents Software for Customized Theme Park Attraction Experiences – Scary or Tame Ride? – Your Data Will Decide!

Disney recently received a patent for software described as “Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behaviour Based on Occupant Awareness.”  The patent alludes to a system with the ability to combine facial recognition with established preferences (stored on a device containing guests’ data… Continue Reading →

Neuro-Degenerative Drug Patented by Suven Life

Indian based drug company Suven Life Sciences was recently granted an Australian and US patent (valid until 2033).  The patent covers New Chemical Entities (NCEs) for the treatment of disorders associated with neuro-degenerative diseases. Suven Life Sciences has a total… Continue Reading →

Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical have Settled Keytruda Patent Dispute

Merck recently settled a patent dispute with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical over its highly effective cancer treatment drug Keytruda.  As part of the settlement Merck will pay $625m as well as royalties to Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical.  The… Continue Reading →

Microsoft’s Published Patent Could Help with a Paperless Society

Microsoft was recently granted a patent (filed for in 2015) for an “electronic paper display device” that features an “electrophoretic ink layer” and electrodes that could, when electricity is applied, be used to display text and images.  The full patent is… Continue Reading →

Amazon Granted Patent for Highway Network Controlling Self-Driving Cars

Amazon was recently granted a patent relating to “how autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes”.  In the patent, Amazon outlines a roadway management system that can “assign” lanes to autonomous vehicles depending on where the vehicle is going and what would… Continue Reading →

AXIM Biotech Granted Patent for Chewing Gum to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

New York City-based biotech firm AXIM Biotechnologies creates products tailored for the medical marijuana industry.  The company has a particular interest in treating neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Research shows certain cannabinoids have excellent anti-inflammatory… Continue Reading →

Microsoft’s Patent Application uses Augmented Reality to Help Find Lost Items

One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications, No. 20160373570, details technology which can identify inanimate objects and allow them to be selected as tracked objects. The system would keep its eye on that object and react when it’s moved, as well… Continue Reading →

The Most and Least Inventive Cities in Europe

2011 data from the European Patent Office (EPO) shows that Europe is a hub of innovation. The most innovative European cities include: Eindhoven, the Netherlands: 250 patent applications per 100,000 people Regensburg, Germany: 83.8 applications per 100,000 people. Aachen, Germany… Continue Reading →

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Applications Fees Changed From 1 January 2017

The fees for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications changed on 1 January 2017 and are as follows: Transmittal fee = £75 Search fee = £1636 International fee: £1063: first 30 pages; £12: each sheet over 30 Request for restoration of… Continue Reading →

Mastercard’s Patent Application to Share Passengers’ Height and Weight with Airlines to Assist with Plane Seat Allocation

MasterCard’s latest recently published patent allows the company to estimate with some accuracy the height and weight of its customers (by analysing the size of their shoe (from which height can be determine) and clothes purchases).  MasterCard can then pass… Continue Reading →

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