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Disney Lands First Patent in Sports Event Detection

Sports Analytics Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

Disney, who also owns ESPN, has been the leader in patents in the Sports Analytics sector for years. As of October 2020, it is maintaining a solid twenty-three (23) document lead over SMT, counting both application and patents, and is showing no signs of allowing its lead to dwindle. However, Disney doesn't only distinguish itself as being the largest assignee of the sector, but also one of the most diverse, previously holding patents in all categories except for the Data Analytics subcategories of Event and Telemetry. That is, until its most recent patent, U.S. Patent No. 10,795,560, was granted on October 6, 2020. 

This patent was the first of Disney's to be granted in the Event subcategory and teaches a method for detecting when an anomalous event (AE) occurs during a sporting event. According to the patent, these events are things like spectacular catches in a football game that might warrant a social media response. This is achieved through a combination of analyzing the noise of the crowd and the language of the commentator. However, the new technology disclosed in the patent does not stop there. It also goes on to describe a method of presenting the event and information about the event through what is described as an AE GUI. Here is where augmented reality would be implemented to show the event to viewers along with other information regarding the event such as level of social media interest, social media responses, and details such as players involved and analytics of the event. This information can then be sent to viewers automatically through an alert.

While Disney has not shown any sign of bringing this technology to market, the idea of it as a possibility is enough to excite sports fans everywhere. It just goes to show how Disney, and other leaders of the sector, are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to revolutionize how consumers everywhere watch and enjoy sports, even if that means expanding outside of their comfort zones. 

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PUMA Is Preparing for a Leap Forward

Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

Puma, the athletic apparel and shoe company, is joining the biodegradable packaging sector. Its patent publication is directed towards biodegradable packaging for shoes. It appears that Puma is working on replacing the standard paper material that comes in shoeboxes with a bubble wrap with live bacteria, which allows the biodegradable packaging to degrade or deflate over time in a controlled manner.

This appears to be part of Puma's renewed investment in biodegradable products. Puma had invested in a biodegradable clothing collection in the early 2010s but stopped the research and development around 2013.  Earlier this year, Puma announced that it is partnering with Steamateria, a Swedish design firm, and Living Colour, to launch its 3rd biodegradable clothing collection since 2016. The technology includes the use of bacteria in a dyeing process developed by Living Colour and biodegradable material from Steamateria. 

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Detecting Shoppers' Mental States While Shopping

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

It's no secret that retailers want to better understand how their customers think while shopping in their stores. Knowing what a shopper thinks of things such as store layout, pricing, advertisements, and cleanliness would allow the retailers to better tailor the shopping experience, making it more enjoyable and productive to shoppers. Of course, this would then increase sales for the retailers as well, a mutually beneficial system. The usual way stores determine how customers think of their shopping experience is by a mixture of random surveys, and using cameras to track customers' movements throughout the store. Now, retailers may have an additional tool to determine how customers think while in their stores. 

This past week, Nuralogix Corporation, a Canadian biotech company, had a patent application (U.S. Patent App. No. 20200319706) publish titled "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING INVISIBLE HUMAN EMOTION IN A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT." The application teaches a method of using cameras and AI to monitor the body language and facial expressions of retail customers while they shop. Using customers' body language and facial expressions, the AI is able to gauge human emotion, thereby allowing retailers to understand how customers think while shopping. Using this information, the retailer will be able to better cater to the customer. Of course, there are some privacy concerns about retailers ever-growing ability to monitor customers, but only time will tell if this technology actually catches on, especially with online shopping becoming the new norm for so many people. To stay up to date with the most recent AI Biotech and Diagnostics news, make sure to subscribe to the Magic Number® AI Biotech/Diagnostic Patent Forecast®. 

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Kokoon Raises $300k in 24 Hours on Kickstarter

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

British tech company Kokoon is no stranger to Kickstarter fundraising. Its first campaign, for electroencephalography (EEG) headphones designed for better sleep, raised close to $2M in two months back in 2015. The product, which is now being sold commercially, is a set of headphones that included EEG sensors to monitor sleep and adjust audio output, such as music or binaural beats, accordingly. The headphones are also meant to be worn throughout the night, with a patented shallow profile and passive air venting. These technologies were described in two patent applications, one filed in 2015 (issued in 2019) for the headphones and another filed in 2016 for the EEG sensors. 

Kokoon recently launched another Kickstarter for smart earbuds for better sleep with an initial fundraising goal of $26,000 in one month. The campaign, which offers discounted first editions of the new product to backers, has already raised $300,000 in pledges within the first day. The new earphones include photoplethysmography, which is an optical method of sensing blood flow and heart rate. These technologies have not yet been mentioned in any published patent applications from Kokoon but may give an indication for future portfolio development. Other companies with sleep headphones include Bose and Samsung. Patents are an important component of commercial movement, and you can keep track of companies big and small on the Magic Number® Consumer Sleep Patent Radian®. 

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Managing Mental Health in a Pandemic & Other COVID-19 Vaccine-Related News

Pandemics/Epidemics (Free) Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

Mental health is one of the often overshadowed issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, the isolation caused by quarantine has caused increased stress levels without effective ways for people to manage their newfound anxiety. In response, AeBeZe Labs, a San Francisco-based startup specializing in Digital Nutrition™, has come up with a system to deliver digital therapeutics based on a user's altered emotional state. U.S. Patent Pub. No. 2020/0327977 describes a system for delivering these digital therapeutics based on the mental state of the user as specified by the user, a physician, or by means of the system's own mental state tracker. This publication is likely associated with AeBeZe's Moodrise App, which is already available through both the Apple App Store and Google Play and which helps to calm, energize, or inspire users by means of short interactive modules. 

In other COVID-19-related news, Johnson & Johnson announced this week that it would pause clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine due to an unexplained illness by one of the participants of the study. This announcement was quickly followed by Eli Lilly and Astrazeneca both announcing they would be ceasing their own trials for similar reasons. Johnson & Johnson has stated that it hopes that the trial can resume shortly, but it's unclear what the precise timeline for a restart would be as of now. 

Additionally, Moderna made headlines last week by announcing that it would not be enforcing any of its seven patents related to a COVID-19 vaccine for the duration of the pandemic. As of now, it's unclear whether other companies will follow suit in refusing to enforce their IP rights.

For more updates on the ongoing search for a COVID-19 vaccine, check out the free interactive visual Pandemics Patent Forecast® offered by Magic Number.

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Visa Brings Ternio Onto the Fast Track

Cryptocurrency: Networks and Computing Patent Forecast®

October 15, 2020

In 2019, financial services giant Visa launched the Fast Track program in the U.S. to allow blockchain and cryptocurrency companies to integrate easily into Visa's banking and payment systems. The program includes collaboration with other fintech infrastructure companies such as Stripe and Galileo to support smaller companies in their crypto development and scalability. 

This week, Ternio has joined the Fast Track as the program's first company focused on enabling other cryptocurrencies to be used more widely. The company accomplishes this with a system that processes transactions completely in cryptocurrency and storing cryptocurrency on a credit/debit card rather than converting to fiat currency along the way, making the funds more accessible. Ternio has one patent application for distributing blockchain transactions across multiple servers and ledgers for greater efficiency and scalability. Visa has over eighty (80) patents and applications in cryptocurrencies. You can view these patent documents and more on the Magic Number® Cryptocurrency Patent Radian®. 

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No More Waiting at the Charge Station

Energy Financial Settlements Patent Forecast®

October 8, 2020

Ford Global Technologies, LLC has been issued a patent (U.S. Patent No. 10,737,577) for a method of determining and scheduling charge locations and times on a route for an electric vehicle based on the cost of charging and availability. The system also determines how long a vehicle should charge at a certain location. 

The electric vehicle charging market size reached $3.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $25.5 billion in 2027, according to Allied Market Research. A report released by the International Energy Agency stated there were 2.1 million electric vehicles sold globally in 2019, bringing the total stock to 7.2 million electric vehicles on the road. Many systems have been developed to facilitate the integration of electric vehicles into our societies. Stay updated on the latest patent and market data for electric vehicle charging with a subscription to Magic Number® Energy Financial Settlements Patent Forecast®.  Start your free trial today!     

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Next Generation Quantum Computers

Quantum Computing Patent Forecast®

October 8, 2020

In the past week, two new quantum computers have been launched, each claiming to be the most powerful quantum computer to date. D-Wave, the quantum computing heavyweight, made the Advantage quantum system available over the cloud on September 29, 2020. D-Wave calls the Advantage “the first quantum computer built for business” and claims that while other quantum computers were merely prototypes, the Advantage is the first with real commercial value. While D-Wave boasts about their system’s 5000 qubits, comparing it to IBM’s quantum computers, which have around 50 qubits, is comparing apples to oranges. Different kinds of quantum computers are effective at different kinds of tasks, so it makes more sense to compare D-Wave’s current offering to their previous best, the 2000Q system. What we can say is that the Advantage has over twice the qubit count of the 2000Q system.

To prove the point that it’s not the number of qubits that matters, IonQ’s new ion-trap quantum computer, ready October 1, 2020, has only 32 qubits (their previous had only 11). Rather than solving the qubit error problem with quantity, IonQ has chosen the quality approach. The high-fidelity of ion-trap qubits means that less is more—by some metrics IonQ’s offering is the most powerful quantum computer in the world. IonQ’s CEO, Peter Chapman, explains, “At 32 qubits, if you had a fidelity of 99.5, you’d normally have a quantum volume of just about 1000. As you get to 99.9, suddenly you get up to about 4 million. Fidelity is really the key.”

The point is not to compare IonQ’s technology with D-Wave’s to determine who really has the most powerful quantum computer. The real news is that the next generation of quantum computers is arriving, and they are over twice as powerful as the previous generation. The technology is still in its infancy, but it is developing fast and already quantum computers are powerful enough for commercial use. Just as computing led to the growth of multibillion-dollar companies, so too might quantum computing.

Get acquainted with some of the future quantum computing titans today using the Quantum Computing Patent Radian®!

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Philips Continues to Lead the Way in Sleep Neurology

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

October 8, 2020

Philips Electronics' most recent patent application (US Pub. 2020306494) proves they are still the leaders in the Sleep portion of the AI Biotech: Neurology sector. The '6494 application teaches a method that monitors a user's electrical brain activity via electroencephalogram (EEG) while they sleep. Using AI, the headband automatically applies varying levels of neurostimulation to enhance the wearer's Non-Rapid Eye Movement, thereby providing a deeper and more restful sleep.

Although Philips does not have the largest IP portfolio in the AI Biotech/Diagnostics sector as a whole, they do lead the field in the sleep subcategory. Interestingly, of the other top 5 contenders in the Neurology sector, only IBM and Philips have any IP in the sleep category. Psomagen Inc., is focused strictly on the microbiome category, and Halo Neuro and Boston Scientific are both split evenly between the General and Specific diagnostics categories. It is also worth noting that Phillips has a few documents in the Mental State category as well. For an interactive view of the market leaders and their patent portfolios, make sure to subscribe to the Magic Number® AI Biotech/Diagnostic Patent Forecast®. 

 

 

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Bose Recommits to Sleepbud Technology

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

October 8, 2020

American electronics manufacturer Bose is well-known for its audio technology and sound systems for both personal and commercial settings. Despite having thirty (30) patents in consumer sleep technology, the company's only targeted sleep product until this year was the short-lived noise-masking Sleepbuds earphones, which were discontinued after less than two years on the market due to battery issues. Now, Bose has released the Sleepbuds II, which play low-frequency tracks specifically designed to drown out ambient noise. The earphones were used in a recent study where 80% of 55 users reported an overall improvement in quality of sleep.

Interestingly, Bose's most recently published consumer sleep patent application (filed in May of 2020) also teaches earphones for better sleep. The claimed device includes a built-in microphone and adjusts audio output based on detected respiration to better match the user's breathing rhythm as well as transition from "masking sounds" to "awakening sounds" at the appropriate time. Bose has not claimed a respiratory detection feature in the Sleepbuds II product release; however, the patent may indicate plans for further development and future updates. While Samsung also has patents for earphones that adjust sound based on user respiration, Bose is the first company in the consumer sleep sector to combine this technology with audio tracks specifically designed for sleep. You can view more patents on soundscape devices for sleep on the Magic Number® Patent Radian®. 

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