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MedReleaf’s Second Cannabis Cultivar Patent Application

Cannabis Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

MedReleaf, wholly-owned subsidiary of Aurora Cannabis, has applied for a second Cannabis sativa cultivar plant patent (US Pub. No. 20200154623) named ‘MR2018003’. 

New cannabis cultivar ‘MR2018003’ is the result of selection from a controlled-cross between the female Cannabis sativa variety `Pakistan Chitral Kush Landrace` and the male Cannabis sativa variety `UK Cheese`. 

‘MR2018003’ is characterized as having 16% THC, 0% CBD, and significant resistance to microbial growth, as compared to progeny of the same lineage. The cannabis cultivar ‘Girl Scout Cookies’ is mentioned as the closest cannabis cultivar to the new ‘MR2018003’, but ‘MR2018003’ can be distinguished from ‘Girl Scout Cookies’ by its increased resistance to microbial growth. Plant diseases can cause losses in unimaginable numbers, so having plants with higher resistance to microbial growth is extremely desirable.   

MedReleaf’s portfolio now consists of 5 cannabis patents and patent applications categorized under Magic Number’s Cannabis Patent Forecast® as  ‘Compositions - Topical’, ‘Cultivation - Cultivar’, and ‘Processing - Extraction’. Take a closer look at MedReleaf’s, along with dozens of others’, IP portfolios, neatly categorized and displayed, with a subscription to Magic Number

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Tesla Steps up Efforts Toward Becoming an Electric Utility

Energy Financial Settlements Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

It is no secret that Tesla wants to become a major electric utility using solar power produced by its subsidiary SolarCity's solar panels. The company's new software system, "Autobidder," is bringing the company one step closer to achieving this goal. While Tesla has made great strides in both its solar panel and battery production, there are still many issues consumers face when attempting to monetize their Tesla solar products. Autobidder is Tesla’s answer to this problem. The software uses AI to forecast energy load requirements, energy prices, and energy grid needs in real time. This allows customers to more effectively sell or trade the power they produce, and the software acts as a platform for these sales. 

Elon Musk claims that the new software has directly contributed to the company’s success with its "Big Battery Farm" in South Australia. In an effort to achieve its goal of becoming a major electric utility, the company has made the software available to both large battery farms and even homeowners with solar panels. Interestingly enough, Tesla has not limited the software to Tesla products only, but rather has made it compatible for any type of energy storage system. This may be especially relevant in places like the UK where Tesla has struggled to get grounding with its solar panel programs.

While the current market for the energy sector is extremely volatile, it appears that Tesla has developed software to monitor and adapt to the fluctuating market, thereby allowing consumers offset the cost of the solar panels, and even provide a passive income. Using AI to monitor changing market trends is nothing new, but it appears Tesla has made it more accessible for the average user, and in typical Tesla fashion has made the product seamlessly compatible with its other products.

Stock, Trading, Monitor, Business, Finance, Exchange

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Eight Sleep Elevates Your Evening Experience

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

Smart mattress manufacturer Eight Sleep recently announced the release of the Pod Pro, their newest product. The original Pod had sensors built in to monitor users' sleep cycles via physiological signals and used a water cooling method to regulate mattress temperature. The new Pod Pro retains these features while also adding environmental sensors that keep track of ambient temperature and humidity for more responsive temperature control. The Pod Pro also has a wake-up feature where coils within the mattress vibrate as a silent alarm. Both of these new features were described in patents filed by Eight Sleep as early as 2017.

Eight Sleep currently has 24 published patents and applications in the consumer sleep technology space. Other major assignees in the mattress subcategory of this sector include Gentherm, which develops thermal management materials and partners with Mattress Firm to produce mattresses; Keeson, which sells adjustable smart beds under Ergomotion; and Sleep Number. Eight Sleep is much more active in patenting environmental sensors than its competitors, which is reflected in the functionality of its smart bed compared to other products. 

Live, Bedroom, Architecture, Modern, Window, Wall

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The Future of Toothpaste Delivery?

Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

The method and design of toothpaste for consumer use has not changed much since it's original introduction in 1886. However, the current design has some drawbacks. Most people consider toothpaste to be generally safe to consume, yet every year poison control centers report thousands of calls regarding toothpaste overingestion. This is due in part to the lack of serving control with traditional toothpaste tubes. The other major drawback to traditional toothpaste designs is their environmental impact. Once empty, the tubes are disposed of in landfills and may take hundreds of years to degrade. 

Just this week, Dental Development Systems Llc. had a patent published for a product aimed at tackling the issues of traditional toothpaste tubes. The new product entails pre-measured toothpaste droplets with an edible film that degrade upon contact with saliva. These droplets can contain a variety of types and flavors of toothpastes, and are pre-measured to the proper serving size from the factory. Additionally, the droplets may be shipped in a cardboard box lined with a waterproof, but biodegradable film to protect the droplets from liquid exposure during shipping. This designs provides consumers with a safer, and more environmentally friendly option then the traditional toothpaste tube delivery system.  

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Care, Clean, Dentist

 

 

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Patent Growth for CurieAI

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

Founded in 2018, CurieAI is a health-monitoring start-up which was spun out of SRI International. CurieAI provides a respiratory health platform with intelligent health monitoring, intended to enable proactive interventions to improve patient health. The company utilizes passive continuous monitoring, a web platform for clinicians, and a patient mobile app.

CurieAI believes its AI-solution improves patient compliance, helps healthcare systems better manage the chronic diseases population, and reduces the total cost of care. Now, it is backing that up with a significant investment in IP. Recently, the company had five applications published which teach patient monitoring and personalized treatment recommendation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has made its Curie Respiratory Care app available to individuals for personal monitoring.  It will monitor for respiratory symptoms caused by COVID-19 via the user's smartphone and will provide alerts to seek medical attention. The app is compatible with devices including the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and pulse oximeters to better analyze respiratory status.

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Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps

Pandemics/Epidemics (Free) Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

Apple and Google released smartphone technology that automatically notifies people if they've crossed paths with a potential coronavirus carrier.  Besides the technical issues - some governments have already rolled out contact tracing apps which have failed - there's the privacy issue. Governments want to use GPS so that health workers can do a better job of tracing, but Apple and Google aren't letting it in their tool.  There is much debate around this. 

What could really be interesting, though, is Google's application of Machine-Learned Epidemiology, which it filed a patent for in 2018. With a new app to power this system, there could be some interesting solutions to be learned. Like...don't go to choir practice.

Czech Republic, Pueri Boys Choir, Famous, Know, Stage

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Perfect the Timing of Your Morning Coffee

Consumer Sleep Technology Patent Forecast®

May 21, 2020

Integrated Safety Support, an Australian company that offers solutions for employee fatigue management, has released a mobile app that uses patented technology originally developed by the U.S. Army. The PeakAlert app tests user alertness and combines this information with data on sleep and caffeine consumption to optimize the user's sleep schedule and predict the best times for them to have caffeine throughout the day. 

The original technology was developed by the U.S. Army and filed in a patent application in 2016. The patent describes a weighted Bayesian alertness model that learns about the user's patterns and updates suggestions accordingly. The technology was licensed to Integrated Safety Support in 2019. 

Coffee, Wood, Table, Wooden, Espresso, Breakfast

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Want to be Coddled?

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

May 14, 2020

You don't normally hear about furniture in the same conversation as biotech, with maybe the exception of some sleep technology. A San Francisco-based furniture startup, Coddle, may be here to change that.

Founded in 2018, Coddle is designing "smart" furniture that focuses on small space efficiency, de-cluttering, and the growth of the digital era. The company's flagship product is the Toggle Convertible Couch, which offers 16 positions, layers of memory foam, and built-in USB ports to act as both a couch and a bed.

A recently published patent application suggests that Coddle may be developing a couch that automatically adjusts to users based on their body. It teaches using biometric sensor data received from an integrated stationary unit to generate user-specific wellness mappings and then to automatically adjust one or more components of the stationary unit. The application illustrates sensors and balloons in the couch which correspond to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the body.

Pretty soon, we may not even need a remote to control smart beds, whether we are sleeping or just relaxing.

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BofA Introducing Real-Time Security Vulnerability Indicators for Users

AI Cybersecurity 2019 Patent Forecast®

May 14, 2020

Bank of America (BofA) has received a new patent for an information security vulnerability assessment system. The two-component system is able to detect security vulnerabilities for users, generate a coherent vulnerability level for the user in real-time, and provide user-specific mitigation actions depending on the vulnerability assessment. This is performed using a combination of an information threat assessment engine and an analytics engine.

BofA appears to be increasing user awareness of potential cybersecurity threats, falling in line with their new policy towards Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s conferencing application (requiring employees to first receive permission to use the app). Phishing attacks remain the most common means for attackers to gain entry into networks, so this technology should go a long way in reducing cybersecurity threats and attacks faced by the banking industry.

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Detecting Depression with Machine Learning

AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology Patent Forecast®

May 14, 2020

Born out of Yale University's Psychiatry department, Spring Health is a comprehensive mental health benefit program for employers. The company aims to help employees understand medical health issues and connect with providers, in the long run reducing recovery times and healthcare costs while improving the well-being of employees.

Founded in 2016, Spring Health recently had its first patent application published. While the company aims to have a wider reach than depression, the application teaches methods and systems for providing a treatment recommendation for a patient having a depression disorder. This includes providing patients with a questionnaire and using machine learning to process the questionnaire in order to make a treatment recommendation.

Spring Health's system facilitates a psychiatrist's challenge of selecting an effective antidepressant medication or other medication regimen that can make a difference for a patient. Current clients include GAP, Whole Foods, Equinox, and Box. In January, the company announced the completion of a $22 million Series A round led by Northzone, Equinox Ventures and Able Partners.

In light of the pandemic and the transition to working from home for many people, it is as important as ever to check in on everyone's mental health.

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