Is Our Patent System Ready for a Potential Future of Brain Interfacing?

“Over the last several years, artificial intelligence has been the focus of patent offices around the world…. Perhaps a similar reflection will be performed as brain interfacing technology becomes increasingly powerful and more frequently used.”

brain interfacing -, brain recording and/or brain stimulation is used almost entirely for medical or research purposes. Invasive surgery is generally required to read neural signals with high temporal and spatial resolution. High resolution of neural signals enables researchers to decode a brain’s underlying intentions, sensations, reactions, etc. rather reliably, if only in constrained environments. With regard to stimulation, researchers have demonstrated the ability to trigger different types of effects. For example, stimulating the reticular formation can cause a subject to become awake; stimulating the amygdala can evoke fear; stimulating the motor cortex can trigger movement; stimulating the visual cortex can cause a subject to see light flashes. However, the state of the art is neither able

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Apple Wins Smart Fabrics Patent that details Technology that could be applied to Future Over-Ear Headphones, an HMD, Glasses & more


Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent relating to smart fabrics by forming electrical connections in fabric-based items that could include bags, clothing and be integrated into future products such as: Over-ear headphones, Apple Watch bands, accessory cases, eyeglasses an HMD, automotive seating and more. As for automotive seating, Patently Apple covered this in another patent report back in early July. One of the patent figure images is presented below with smart fabrics highlighted in yellow.  


2a smart fabric in vehicle seats apple patent figure


Technically, Apple’s granted patent covers an item that may include fabric or other materials formed from intertwined strands of material. The item may include circuitry that produces signals. The strands of material may include non-conductive strands and conductive strands. Strands may be intertwined using weaving equipment, knitting equipment, braiding equipment, or other equipment for intertwining strands of material.


The conductive strands may carry the signals produced by the circuitry.

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A Google Patent points to their Soli Motion Technology being used with Future Chromebooks and Wearables


Google introduced their Soli technology in their Pixel 4 smartphone that Google described as a miniature radar that understands human motions at various scales: from the tap of your finger to the movements of your body. Patently Apple covered their technology in a number of reports including one titled “Google is reportedly set to introduce a new In-Air Gesturing System for the Pixel 4” along with a few patents ((01 and 02). Tomsguide reports that the Pixel 5 smartphone has dropped Soli but that Google has said the technology will return.


Of course Google hasn’t publicly stated where Soli would return, though Tomsguide speculates that it could be used in future products from their Nest division.


Then again, Patently Apple has discovered a Q4 Google patent that suggests that Soli could be used with future Chromebooks and Pixel and/or other Android Wear OS based watches.


Google’s patent begins by noting

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Exclusive: EU Commission to intervene in tech, carmakers’ patent dispute – document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission plans to step into the patent dispute between tech companies and carmakers and may set up a system to check whether some patents are essential to a technology standard as claimed, according to a Commission document.

The move by the EU executive comes as Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and German automaker Daimler battle in German courts over the level of royalties for key navigation and communications technologies and who should pay them.

The proposals are outlined in the Commission’s Intellectual Property Action Plan, seen by Reuters, which European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and EU digital chief Thierry Breton will present on Nov. 24.

As a first step, the Commission will engage with the automotive sector to explore the possibility of effective licensing solutions, the document said, adding that the industry’s needs are the most acute.

While the car industry currently faces the most

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Talix Granted Patent for Healthcare Technology That Enriches Patient Data

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Talix, a SaaS solution for both payers and healthcare providers to manage their patient information, announced a patent awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office entitled, “Health Information System for Searching, Analyzing and Annotating Patient Data,” patent number 10,755,804. Talix’s proprietary technology uses unique natural language processing (NLP) and a semantic health taxonomy for payers and providers so they can more easily analyze comprehensive patient data–without significant manual work.

Patient data volume is increasing at a significant rate every year, and 80% of that information is unstructured text. With this transformation, healthcare organizations need both structured and unstructured information to get more accurate reimbursements and to make more informed decisions about patient care. The Talix platform, backed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), makes this change painless and intuitive by enabling customers to easily parse the high volume of patient information they

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ReelTime CEO Barry Henthorn Provides Letter to Shareholders — Addresses NASDAQ Listing, Patent and Technology Strategy, and New VR Series

Seattle, WA – ( NewMediaWire ) – November 18, 2020 – ReelTime VR/ReelTime Media (OTC:RLTR) CEO Barry Henthorn has provided a letter directed specifically to its current and potential shareholders. The letter can be viewed in its entirety at

The letter addresses questions that have been received recently from numerous shareholders regarding ReelTime’s recent announcements and provides specific answers to them so that other shareholders who may have similar questions will be as informed as possible. 

Questions that are addressed include those regarding ReelTime’s recently granted patent, meeting the requirements of the recent NASDAQ application, new productions in progress or negotiations, and continued technology developments. 

Barry Henthorn, CEO, stated: “It is with great pride and anticipation that I am able to address on behalf of ReelTime, those who have the most to gain or lose by our successes or lack thereof, our shareholders. Firstly, I would like to thank

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Foundation Medicine Enters into Patent Licensing and Technology Agreement with TwinStrand Biosciences

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foundation Medicine today announced it has entered into a non-exclusive agreement to license two foundational patent families from TwinStrand Biosciences, a next-generation DNA sequencing technology company based in Seattle.

The patented TwinStrand Duplex Sequencing™ technology is a biochemistry- and software-based platform that enables researchers and clinicians to detect faint signals of ultra-low frequency DNA mutations often obscured by technical noise.

“Advancing and improving patient care is our highest priority and we’re pleased to work with partners like TwinStrand who share this same goal,” said Cindy Perettie, Foundation Medicine’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to expanding this agreement with TwinStrand to explore additional areas for future collaboration.”

“We are delighted to partner with Foundation Medicine, a company that shares our patient-centric mission of applying innovative science to advance cancer care globally,” said Jesse Salk, MD, PhD, TwinStrand’s chief executive officer. “We are

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AgJunction Files Patent Infringement and Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Ag Leader Technology

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AgJunction Inc. (TSX: AJX), (“AgJunction” or the “Company”), has filed a patent infringement and breach of contract lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against Ag Leader Technology, Inc. (“Ag Leader”). The lawsuit alleges that Ag Leader products violate three of AgJunction’s patents related to automated machine control. The lawsuit further alleges that Ag Leader has breached the supply agreement between the companies.

“AgJunction holds a comprehensive steering and machine control IP portfolio which has been tested and enforced in multiple actions,” said Bob Barjesteh, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of AgJunction. “These assets are vital to hands-free steering and autonomous functions and are critical components of our corporate strategy. After unsuccessful efforts over these last several months to negotiate a new supply agreement and resolve these alleged infringement issues out-of-court, we are left with no choice

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Faraday Future Patent Portfolio Strength Validated by Randolph Square IP Study

  • The Patent Portfolio of Faraday Future Exceeds the Comparably Relevant Patents of Leading OEMs and Is on Par With Many EV Manufacturers Including Tesla

  • Faraday Future Has Nearly 880 Filed or Issued Patents Globally, With 530 Patents Granted Across Diversified Components, Technology and Processes

  • The Findings by Randolph Square IP Confirms Faraday Future’s Momentum in Automotive Innovation and Technology

Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, today announced that Randolph Square IP (RSIP), a patent data analytics firm, confirmed that FF’s diversified patent portfolio is more robust in comparable technologies than many leading OEMs including Toyota, Ford, and Honda. RSIP determined that FF’s expanding EV patent portfolio is on par with that of Tesla’s in key technologies.

RSIP’s findings state that the FF patent portfolio is comparatively young with an initial priority date of January 2015, noting that patents tend to strengthen as they age. The

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Vubiq Networks Strengthens Millimeter Wave Innovation Leadership Position with New Technology Patent Grant

Vubiq Networks, Inc., the innovation leader in millimeter wave wireless broadband technology, announced today that the company has been awarded a new technology patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent grant, number 10,818,997, is titled Waveguide Interface and Printed Circuit Board Launch Transducer Assembly and Methods of Use Thereof.

Over the past five years, Vubiq Networks has been awarded an evolutionary series of four US patents, one European patent, and one international patent publication for the company’s modular millimeter waveguide technology. This patented technology separates the digital modulation components from the analog radio frequency components for millimeter wave broadband communications solutions, allowing for rapid development of new products and solutions without the expense of complete circuit board redesigns.

Applications for this patented technology include high-speed, point-to-point telecommunications; radio frequency identification (RFID); vehicular radar; internet of things (IoT) sensors; 5G connectivity; wireless fabric; and other emerging hyperimaging

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