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Patent Attorney Reviews Multi-level video processing within a vehicular communication network

Local Broward County Patent Attorney reviews U.S. Patent 10,469,408 filed by AVAGO Technologies, which appears to be Broadcom Inc. The patent appears to suggest that the invention improves vehicle communication networks and reducing weight thereby improving gas mileage.  Yet further, on a cursory review, it appears the invention performs multi-level video processing within a vehicle. The Patent describes improvements in the relevant patent art such as: To enable electronic components using different bus protocols to communicate with each other, one or more bus gateways may be included in the vehicle network. For example, in a safety related issue, a safety ECU may need to communicate with a braking ECU, and engine control ECU, and/or a transmission control ECU. In this example, the bus gateway performs some degree of protocol conversion to facilitate the communication between the ECUs of differing communication protocols. In addition to providing multiple vehicle network protocols to support a variety of electronic devices within a vehicle, most vehicle manufacturers are striving for improved fuel efficiency. In this regard, a reduction in weight of 400 pounds is approximately equivalent to reducing continuous power consumption by 100 Watts. As such, by removing weight from a vehicle, fuel efficiency may be improved. As is known, a typical vehicle includes 400 to 600 pounds of wiring, which is the second heaviest component in a vehicle; the engine is the heaviest. On November 5, 2019, Week 45, Number 1468-1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 10,469,408.  The patent describes A system for performing multi-level video processing within a vehicle includes a pre-processing module for determining an encoding mode and enabling one or more levels of encoding based on the encoding mode. [...]

By |2019-12-04T23:51:25+00:00December 4th, 2019|Patents, What's Patenting|0 Comments

Patent Attorney Review of Vehicle Display Screen Safety and Privacy System

U.S. Patent 9,956,854 Local Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney reviews U.S. Patent 9,956, 854 filed by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.  Toyota found that cars have screens that can be seen from other vehicles and can cause a distraction.  To avoid the safety issues along with privacy for the user of the screen, the inventor seeks to provide improved safety for a display screen that provides privacy.  The crux of the system seems to be a window that can alternate states between opaque and transparent at a predetermined frequency.  The term “predetermined” is not the best word to use in a patent.  Instead, a more thorough explanation of how it is actually determined may provide stronger patent protection. On May 1, 2018, Week 18, Number 1450-1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,956,854.  The patent describes a system for improving safety while providing privacy for a vehicle. The system includes a display screen located within the vehicle, and configured to alternate between a displaying state and a non-displaying state. The system also includes a window of the vehicle configured to alternate between an opaque state and a transparent state. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the window and the display screen. The ECU is configured to determine whether the display screen is powered on. The ECU is also configured to alternate the display screen between the displaying state and the non-displaying state at a predetermined frequency when the display screen is powered on. The ECU is also configured to alternate the window between the opaque state and the transparent state at the predetermined frequency, the display screen being in the displaying state [...]

By |2018-05-14T02:48:51+00:00May 14th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent Attorney Review of Vehicle Display Screen Safety and Privacy System

Patent Attorney Review of Trampoline System

U.S. Patent 9,956,449 As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, this is an interesting recently issued patent.  This trampoline system appears to includes platforms and padded surface members.  It is not entirely clear the purpose of the platforms.  For example, are the users to just off of it?  It simply isn't clear.  As a patent lawyer, it would be interesting for me to learn and understand the purpose of the platform members which are not clearly defined or explained in the patent.  It does appear that the inventor sells trampoline systems, including trampoline parks and trampoline wrestling rings.  Thus, is seems reasonable that the platforms are for more extreme trampoline parks. On May 1, 2018, Week 18, Number 1450-1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,956,449.  The patent describes a patent directed to trampoline systems.  The trampoline system provides at least one trampoline jumping surface with each trampoline jumping surface that has at least one surface edge that faces a platform. Figure 1 describes that the detection unit for mailboxes comprises a mailbox; a detection means provided inside the mailbox to detect the presence of mail; and a warning device operatively connected to the said detection means to inform a user of the presence of mail in the said mailbox.  One of the sensors appears to use a commonly used reed contact magnetic sensor. Claim 1 provides: A trampoline system comprising: two adjacent trampoline jumping surfaces with each trampoline jumping surface comprising a surface edge that faces a corresponding surface edge of an adjacent trampoline jumping surface; one or plural vertically-extending frame members, each of said one or plural vertically-extending frame members extending (i) between said surface edge and said [...]

By |2018-05-14T01:42:31+00:00May 14th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent Attorney Review of Trampoline System

Patent Attorney Review of Systems, devices, and methods for monitoring medical devices

U.S. Patent 9,949,642 The patent drafted by a patent attorney appears to be related to a detection and monitoring system particularly for diabetics and related glucose levels.  This patent appears to check whether a diabetic’s glucose levels are within a clinically safe range.  This will in turn provide information to a diabetic for determining when to raise or reduce glucose levels.  The patent holder sought an “improved” analyte monitoring system, device, and method.  The patent on its face appears to be owned by Abbot that has a number of Diabette products, including the freestyle libre, navigator, optium/precision neo, lite, freedome lite, and insulinx to name a few. Abbott strongly defends its  intellectual property having won an appeal back in 2011 years ago for 1.67 Billion dollars.  A patent infringement attorney can review the patent to determine the strength of a given case. On April 24, 2018, Week 17, Number 1449-4, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,949,642.  The patent describes a relay device is used to provide a communication link between a medical device, such as an analyte sensor control device, and a reader device, such as a mobile communication device or smartphone. The medical device can be placed in a continuous mode in which the medical device communicates with the relay device at a predetermined periodic time interval, or in an on-demand mode in which the medical device communicates with the relay device upon actuation by the user. In some embodiments, the relay device communicates with the medical device using a near field communication (NFC) communication protocol, and with the reader device using a Bluetooth protocol. In certain embodiments, the timing of the communication between the medical device [...]

By |2018-05-10T14:44:05+00:00May 10th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent Attorney Review of Systems, devices, and methods for monitoring medical devices