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Ford Looks To Patent Luminescent Body Panels

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By Jeff Glucker

It seems that the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is looking for new ways to brighten your motoring experience. Patent applications discovered by Car and Driver show the automaker wants to create body panels that are capable of being lit up. There is a bunch of scientific/engineering style jargon you can read for yourself, but the gist is that there's a bit of molding along the edge of a panel that contains lighting elements.

You could light up your bumper bright red during a panic stop. The turn signal elements could be eliminated in favor of blended LED lights. Maybe you could even change the general look of your car through the use of lighting features located all over the body. The possibilities are, as far as lighting is concerned, wide ranging from incredibly boring to actually quite interesting.

Sourcehttp://www.motorauthority.com/news/1099105_ford-looks-to-patent-luminescent-body-panels

 

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Samsung Patent Suggests Future Smartphones Could Measure Your Body Fat

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By Alexandra Burlacu, Tech Times | July 13, 10:48 AM

Samsung's next generation of smartphones may be able to measure one's body fat level, if a new patent is any indication.

While some high-end smartphones, as well as various wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands/ bracelets have a number of sensors to collect biometric data, none of them can measure body fat. Current devices can track your heart rate, exercise, calories burned, even track your sleep, but body fat has not been on the list of options so far.

That may well change with future smartphones from Samsung, as an intriguing patent from the company has now come to light. As spotted by VentureBeat, Samsung has a new patent that describes a method of measuring body fat with the help of a smartphone. More specifically, the patent indicates that this method may use four sensors in or near a smartphone. In the second variant, the sensors could be packed onto a smartphone case screen cover.

These four sensors in or near a smartphone would work together to measure the user's impedance performance, based on the contact with one's hands. The patent contains several drawings to better illustrate the concept, and the images show a person holding the phone with both hands. This suggests that holding just one hand on the phone may not be able to provide an accurate reading, as both hands may be necessary for a good grip of all four sensors.

"Acquiring the object's impedance information on the basis of the intensity of the input current and the intensity of the measured voltage; and acquiring the object's body fat information on the basis of the impedance information," reads the description in the patent, explaining the technology involved.

No additional information is available for now, and it remains unclear just when Samsung plans to include such technology in its smartphones. If it all works out and future smartphones will be able to measure body fat, it could be a huge step for health and fitness apps. Samsung should offer more details as it gets closer to actually offering such functionality, but for now the patent is quite intriguing.

Sourcehttp://www.techtimes.com/articles/68394/20150713/samsung-patent-suggests-future-smartphones-could-measure-your-body-fat.htm

 

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Riding the Pacific trade winds

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Labour, environment and IPR standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will influence future Indo-US agreements.

Written by Devashish Mitra | Updated: July 13, 2015 11:51 am 

Recently, the US Congress approved the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which delegates to the US president complete power to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. Under the TPA, once a trade agreement has been negotiated by the president or his representative, it is brought to Congress for ratification through an up-or-down vote. At that stage, no discussion on possible amendments is allowed.

The passage of the TPA paves the way for the successful completion of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by President Barack Obama on behalf of the US with 11 Pacific Rim countries, heterogeneous in various respects, including levels of development. At one extreme there are Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. At the other are Vietnam, Malaysia and Peru. The other countries are South Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Chile and Mexico. A notable omission from this list is China, although the door will be kept open for it to join the agreement now or later, if it so wishes.

The TPP is expected to be an agreement not only on trade issues such as tariff liberalisation, but also related non-trade issues such as labour and environment regulations and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. In fact, IPR standards are expected to be much more demanding than those of the WTO. The US will aim to also bring environmental and labour standards within the TPP close to its own. In addition, the TPP is expected to have agreements on foreign investment, which will not only include IPR protection, but also have clauses to ensure non-discrimination relative to domestic investors and to prevent expropriation. There will also be liberalisation in services trade through the elimination of non-tariff barriers such as discriminatory domestic regulation.

Will the TPP affect India? The short answer is: Yes, but the overall impact is uncertain at this point. It is important to understand that there are many channels through which the TPP can affect India. First, we can expect some trade diversion and significant foreign investment diversion. A large proportion of India’s exports is in services. With the anticipated reduction in barriers to trade in services among TPP members, there is the possibility that some of India’s services exports to those countries will be replaced by services trade within the TPP. In the case of goods trade, there should not be much of an impact as the large economies within the TPP already have very low tariffs on imports from all WTO member countries. 

A key component of Make in India is attracting foreign investment. If the US manages to bring TPP nations closer to its own IPR regime and make them commit to an agreement preventing expropriation, it will make it difficult for India to attract foreign investment, especially given its history of retrospective taxation. In other words, some TPP nations will then become more attractive destinations for foreign investment flows. 

While the US and India have started negotiating a bilateral investment treaty (BIT), this negotiation is going to be slow. This is because there is vast divergence between the two countries’ model BITs, especially on issues of IPR and market access commitments. Thus, significant foreign investment diversion, including a deceleration in foreign investment flows to India, is a possible consequence of the TPP. In addition, the TPP reduces India’s bargaining power in its BIT negotiations with the US, as it expands the set of options available to the latter. 

The TPP will also provide a template for any future agreements with the US. So, if India has to successfully arrive at any economic agreement with the US in the future, the labour, environmental and IPR standards in the TPP will become the minimum requirements of such an agreement. This, through spillover effects, will also be true of agreements with other countries. For example, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed agreement between Asean nations and six other countries, including India. There is a large overlap in the memberships of the TPP and the RCEP, so that if the TPP is the first of the two to be put in place, the TPP standards will get into the RCEP through the common member countries. This is a possibility, even though the RCEP is being envisioned as a more flexible trade agreement that does away with a one-size-fits-all approach. 

One positive for India from the TPP would be the active role played by the US in the region that will, to a certain extent, neutralise China’s power in the neighbourhood. Some of the potential signatories to the TPP, such as Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, etc, are also hoping for such an outcome. The TPP will impact India along multiple dimensions. But the overall long-run effect is somewhat uncertain, as there are several players involved whose behaviour is difficult to predict accurately. 

The writer is professor of economics and Cramer Professor of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/riding-the-pacific-trade-windslabour-environment-and-ipr-standards-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-influence-future-indo-us-agreements/ 

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Modi government is giving Make in India plan a big push with these 10 IPR steps

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By ECONOMICTIMES.COM | 13 Jul, 2015, 03.20PM IST

NEW DELHI: In a major fillip to the intellectual property regime in India, the Department of Industrial Policy has come up with a multi-pronged strategy to develop innovation and creativity. The Modi government, in its push for a more refined and developed intellectual property regime to boost its 'Make in India' campaign, has announced a slew of measures to promote homegrown talent. Here's what's on cards: 

1) More posts: An additional 1033 plan posts have been created, including 666 posts for Patents & Designs and 367 posts for Trademarks and GI at various levels. Already, recruitment is underway. Patent and Trademarks examiners are also being taken on contract to deal with the backlog. 

2) Ease of access: To cater to the immense flow of the papers filed, a single central server at IPO Delhi is in place. The system is unique in itself since there is automatic generation of application numbers as also automatic allotment of the request for examination which is sequential and thus transparent and user-friendly. 

3) Online e-filing facilities: Comprehensive online e-filing facilities for patent and trademark application. This will give applicants two advantages. First, an applicant can file an application virtually 24x7 and secondly, applications can be filed from the comfort of their workplace/ homes. 

4) Comprehensive payment gateway: E-filers given facility of using debit cards, credit cards and internet banking of over 70 banks for making payment of fees for all forms. 

5) 10% rebate on online filing. 

6) Fee Concession for MSME: To encourage inventors to innovate and seek protection for their inventions, a 50 % fee reduction has been provided for MSMEs. 

7) Madrid Protocol: The operationalization of the Madrid protocol for international protection of trademarks provides the user the facility of protecting an inventor's trademark in 90 countries by filing a single application in one language with one set of fees filed at the Trademarks Registry. 

8) International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority: This will help come up with quality reports at the lowest cost among the international players like USPTO, EPO, JPO. 

9) IPR awareness programmes: To educate stakeholders about the benefits of registration of their rights as also educate the general public, particularly the business community, on perils of infringement of IPRs held by others/ dealing in pirated and counterfeit products. This also includes educating public via the internet media, a portal on the website of office of the CGPDTM has presentations uploaded on various aspects of IPR. 

10) Catching them young: A corner to educate and inculcate the culture of respecting and protecting IPR's among the next generation has been undertaken via uploaded comics which are based on basics of IPRs. 

 

Sourcehttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/modi-government-is-giving-make-in-india-plan-a-big-push-with-these-10-ipr-steps/articleshow/48052824.cms

 

 

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DIPP enlists steps taken to improve India's IPR regime

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It has taken measures such as creation of additional posts to reduce manpower shortage and providing fee concession for MSMEs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  

July 13, 2015 Last Updated at 15:02 IST 

The government today said it has taken several steps to increase efficiency in processing of intellectual property applications, bring transparency and dissemination of information to improve the IPR regime.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Planning (DIPP), under the Commerce and industry Ministry, said it has taken measures such as creation of additional posts to reduce manpower shortage and providing fee concession for MSMEs to encourage them to innovate.

"Several measures have been taken to ensure continuous and unending improvement of the Indian IP ecosystem in the country. To this effect, the DIPP has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to develop an Intellectual Property regime (IPR) in the country to promote creativity and to develop the culture of respect for innovations and creativity," the ministry said in a statement.

During the year, the IP office has been transformed to enhance efficiency in processing of applications, uniformity and consistency in the examination of applications, bilateral cooperation at the international level, and raising the awareness level of the public, it said.

To modernise the administration, an additional 1,033 posts have been created -- 666 posts for patents and designs and 367 for trademarks and GI (geographical indicators) at various levels.

Recruitment is underway and patent and trademarks examiners are being taken on contract to deal with the backlog, it said adding that to cater to the immense flow of the papers filed, a single central server at IPO Delhi has been put in place.

It also said online e-filing facilities for patent and trademark application were introduced and e-filers are allowed to use debit and credit cards and internet banking to pay fees.

"This year, e-filers were given the facility of using debit cards, credit cards and internet banking of over 70 banks for making payment of fees for all forms," it said adding "10 per cent rebate on online filing of applications and documents has been introduced".

Due to these steps, online filing has jumped from under 30 per cent to over 80 per cent in just a year, it said.

To increase transparency and dissemination of information, the real time status of IP applications and e-registers is now open to the public MSMEs

To encourage for innovation and seek protection for their inventions, a 50 per cent fee reduction has been provided.

 

Sourcehttp://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/dipp-enlists-steps-taken-to-improve-india-s-ipr-regime-115071300507_1.html 

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Wipro aims to increase rate of patent filing

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NEW DELHI: Country's third largest software services firm Wipro BSE 0.73 % aims to significantly increase its rate of patent filing over the next three years.

According to Wipro's Annual Report 2014-15, it has also set up a $100 million corporate venture capital fund to invest in startups as it looks to beef up its digital capabilities.

"Innovation is critical to differentiate ourselves. We will significantly increase our rate of patent filing over the next three years. Given the value created in an ideation network, we are also partnering with a whole host of players in the ecosystem," it said.

On the fund, the company said it will "operate in concert with our existing M&A program that aims to fill in any gaps in market or technology presence".

Set up last year, it was spearheaded by Rishad Premji, son of Wipro Chairman Azim Premji.

Larger rival Infosys BSE -0.07 % has also set up a similar 'Innovation Fund' with a corpus of $500 million to provide financing to start-ups and new technologies like artificial intelligence.

Earlier this year, Wipro had acquired a minority stake in cloud applications systems integrator Drivestream for $5 million, using the venture fund.

Yesterday, Wipro said it intends to acquire global strategic design firm, Designit for 85 million euros (about Rs 595 crore) to strengthen its digital services business.

In the fiscal 2012-13, Wipro had filed 211 patents and 334 patents in 2013-14. In 2014-15, the number grew to 578.

The company said its R&D and technology innovation agenda focuses on investing in developing solutions and services.

These are around defined advanced technology themes like automation, smart devices, Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems and human machine interfaces among others

The focus is also on co-innovating with customers, building Wipro patent portfolio, shaping innovation culture within the organisation and Wipro's startup and ecosystem connects, it said.

"Wipro has invested significantly in next gen automation across IT and business process archetypes and has built IP assets in auto/self-healing process performance and governance automation... More than 400 people are engaged in R&D in these areas," it added.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/wipro-aims-to-increase-rate-of-patent-filing/articleshow/48040518.cms

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Boeing patent reveals radical 'fusion' engine design

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•  Patent describes how lasers will vaporise radioactive material 

•  This will produce a fusion reaction, creating thrust for a plane

•  Resulting heat can be harnessed within the engine to drive the lasers

Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way.

The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium. 

The technology could mean that planes and spaceships will require only a fraction of the power to operate, according to a recent patent filed by the company.

 

Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way. The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium

HOW WILL IT WORK? 

High-powered lasers will be used to vaporise the radioactive material producing fusion a reaction.

The by-products of the process would be hydrogen or helium, which would leave the back-end of the plane creating thrust.

Meanwhile, the inside wall of the engine's thruster chamber will react with the neutrons created by the nuclear reaction.

The resulting heat can then be harnessed by placing a coolant on the sides of the combustion chamber.

The idea is to use this heat to produce electricity that can then drive the engine’s lasers.

The engine outlined in the patent would work by using high-powered lasers to vaporise the radioactive material producing a fusion reaction.

'At least one laser is positioned to vapourise the propellanet with at least one laser-beam into a thrust producing flow,' the company wrote in the document. 

A report in Business Insider compared the process to a small thermonuclear explosion.

The by-products of the process would be hydrogen or helium, which would leave the back-end of the plane creating thrust.

Meanwhile, the inside wall of the engine's thruster chamber will react with the neutrons created by the nuclear reaction.

The resulting heat can then be harnessed by placing a coolant on the sides of the combustion chamber.

The idea is to use this heat to produce electricity that can then drive the engine’s lasers.

Other than the radioactive material, the engine requires very little in terms of external energy.

Boeing’s Dreamliner is currently driven by turbofan engines that compress air and ignite fuel to create thrust. 

Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way.

The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium. 

The technology could mean that planes and spaceships will require only a fraction of the power to operate, according to a recent patent filed by the company.

clear explosions if Boeing has its way. The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium

HOW WILL IT WORK? 

High-powered lasers will be used to vaporise the radioactive material producing fusion a reaction.

The by-products of the process would be hydrogen or helium, which would leave the back-end of the plane creating thrust.

Meanwhile, the inside wall of the engine's thruster chamber will react with the neutrons created by the nuclear reaction.

The resulting heat can then be harnessed by placing a coolant on the sides of the combustion chamber.

The idea is to use this heat to produce electricity that can then drive the engine’s lasers.

The engine outlined in the patent would work by using high-powered lasers to vaporise the radioactive material producing a fusion reaction.

'At least one laser is positioned to vapourise the propellanet with at least one laser-beam into a thrust producing flow,' the company wrote in the document. 

A report in Business Insider compared the process to a small thermonuclear explosion.

The by-products of the process would be hydrogen or helium, which would leave the back-end of the plane creating thrust.

Meanwhile, the inside wall of the engine's thruster chamber will react with the neutrons created by the nuclear reaction.

The resulting heat can then be harnessed by placing a coolant on the sides of the combustion chamber.

The idea is to use this heat to produce electricity that can then drive the engine’s lasers.

Other than the radioactive material, the engine requires very little in terms of external energy.

Boeing’s Dreamliner is currently driven by turbofan engines that compress air and ignite fuel to create thrust. 

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3156632/Could-future-aircraft-powered-LASERS-Boeing-patent-reveals-radical-engine-design-claims-cut-emissions.html

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New Google patent will allow users to capture pictures with Glass-like devices

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According to a report by Engadget, if a user made a circular “O” shape with one hand, they can end up with a round picture. The same technique goes for using two hands to frame a rectangular portrait. The device’s camera will look out for fingers to screen up in its view, and as in when it senses them, it will capture the photo. The report pointed out that there is no assurance that the tech will be used in a new version of Glass or any other device.

Image: USPTO

In the past, Google had filed a patent to create a system by which Google Glass can recommend dance moves to those who wear the high tech device. “The content identification module may provide information associated with a content of the media sample, such as identification of the song and the dance, to the wearable computing system,” the patent reads.

That means Google Glass will have an ability to determine what particular song is playing in the background before suggesting dance moves from a possible library of moves stored in its database, ‘Tech Times’ reported. The device may also show the user a video of other people dancing to the same song in order to help the user understand what moves they should be doing.

 

Source: http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/new-google-patent-will-allow-users-to-capture-pictures-with-glass-like-devices-273694.html 

 

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Samsung Awarded Patent for Flexible Displays for TVs, Tablet PCs

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA10 July 2015 - 11:30am Cho Jin-young 

Samsung Electronics was granted a patent for bendable and flexible displays for TVs and tablet PCs. The patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last year. The patent is receiving a lot of attention in the industry, since it is for both OLED and LCD displays. According to the USPTO on July 9, Samsung Display was granted a patent for LCD and OLED displays (Patent US 9078362) on July 7 this year, after first filing it on May 1, 2014. The technology is about making flexible display panels and circuit boards. This patent is likely to play no small part in developing foldable smartphones that Samsung is planning to release in 2016. It will be possible to use this patent for TVs and tablet PCs that are 8" or more, according to Samsung in a document submitted to the USPTO. It is most notable in that a way to make foldable LCD displays is apparently possible, although it has been difficult to do so. 

Source: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/11361/patented-flexibility-samsung-awarded-patent-flexible-displays-tvs-tablet-pcs#sthash.Q3SeDXlC.dpuf

 

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EPO supports new platform on renewable energy innovation

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10 July 2015

Policy makers and other energy sector players now have consolidated access to the world's largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patent documents, thanks to a new online platform launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in co-operation with the EPO. Also known as INSPIRE, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform is the first and most complete solution of its kind, helping users locate, search and analyse more than two million patent documents and 400 international standards relating to renewable energy and carbon mitigation technologies.

"The INSPIRE platform demonstrates the role of the patent system in supporting innovation in renewable energy, encouraging research and development in technologies to serve modern energy needs while addressing climate change," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "INSPIRE also showcases the role of patent information, which provides up-to-date information on technologies and their inventors to advise policy makers on the renewable energy sector."

The result of collaboration between IRENA, the EPO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), INSPIRE has multiple functionalities:

§  The patents section contains information on over two million patent documents relating to carbon mitigation technologies from the world's most comprehensive global patent statistics database, PATSTAT, and links to the world's most comprehensive public online search tool for patent documents, Espacenet, including its dedicated "Y02" patent classification scheme for carbon mitigation technologies.

§  The standards section enables users to search through a database of more than 400 internationally used standards and generate reports as needed. It also explains what standards are, how they can be used and why they are important for quality assurance, investor confidence and technology trading.

The combination of resources on INSPIRE will help users analyse various aspects of renewable energy policy and innovation. It can help indicate the effectiveness of policies to promote renewable energy innovation through the analysis of trends in patent activity. Users can also perform metadata analysis of technology trends, comparing development within, or between, different technologies. For example, the number of patents filed for renewable energy technology has increased annually by more than 20 per cent in recent years, while the average increase for other technologies is around 6 per cent.

"The INSPIRE platform provides insight on where renewable energy technology is developing the quickest, and which countries and companies are active in which technologies," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. "It helps bring together vast collections of renewable energy patent documents and standards, which can foster collaboration between innovators, spur improvement through product comparison and benchmarking and help identify partners, matching domestic energy needs to innovative energy solutions."

"By linking the technical information in IEC International Standards to practical applications in renewable energy, INSPIRE will be a precious resource for energy regulators," said IEC General Secretary & CEO Frans Vreeswijk. "It will assist policy makers in finding relevant international standards faster and more efficiently. It will also help educate stakeholders about the strategic role of international standards and conformity assessment for the cost-efficient expansion of renewable energy generation." 

Source: http://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2015/20150710.html

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