Intellectual Property


Uber threatens to fire former Google engineer over self-driving car spat with Waymo

The Guardian

Uber has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the centre of Uber's court case with Alphabet's Waymo, accused of stealing self-driving car trade secrets. According to a court filing, Uber told Levandowski that he must comply with an order to return Waymo documents or face possible termination. Uber said it would appeal against a judge's order rejecting its attempt to arbitrate Waymo's trade secret claims, according to a court filing on Thursday. In his injunction order, Alsup said "few" of Waymo's alleged trade secrets have been traced to Uber's self-driving car technology, and that Waymo's patent claims against Uber have proved meritless.


Apple Integrating Siri Into Messages App According To New Patent Application

International Business Times

Such combination would enable users to do two things in one interface: communicate and command Siri via text and engage in conversations with friends. "In one example process, a graphical user interface (GUI) having a plurality of previous messages between a user of the electronic device and the digital assistant can be displayed on a display. The authors explained that this new invention would basically combine the graphical user interface for text messaging with the ability to converse with Siri. This would surely make it easier for users to prompt Siri to do things by just encoding things into the Messages graphical user interface.


IBM plans to build drones to transfer packages mid-air

Daily Mail

A customer's own personal drone would be sent out to meet the delivery drones (pictured) for the last leg of the journey, ensuring the parcel's safe delivery A patent granted to IBM would allow drones to play aerial games of pass the parcel, extending the range of drone delivery. Both drones would be equipped with extendable poles with electromagnets at their ends, with the package attached to the courier drone's pole. Once the transfer is completed, the poles on the receiver drone would fold down, securing the package in place. A customer's own personal drone would be sent out to meet the delivery drones for the last leg of the journey, ensuring the parcel's safe delivery, all under the control of a cloud-based computer system.


Cortica, Numenta Hold Top Patents In Artificial Intelligence

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The new wave of artificial intelligence applications, fueled by a combination of big data and processing capabilities, have garnered over $15B in funding to AI startups in just the last 5 years. As one measure of internal R&D efforts of companies and innovation in the space, we analyzed the patent application activity of startups on our AI list. We analyzed over 1,150 active AI startups (that have not exited) and found that only 21% of the startups applied for a US patent since 2009 (note: there is a lag in publishing applications, so patent data from 2014 to present is still processing). One of the top patent holders in the United States is Israel-based image processing startup Cortica, whose 38 granted patents include methods for "deep content classification."


IBM Patents Machine Learning Models for Drug Discovery

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Armonk, N.Y. - 07 Apr 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its scientists have been granted a patent on machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. IBM Research staff member Ping Zhang (left) and Program Director, Center for Computational Health Jianying Hu (right) with their newly patented invention to help drug discovery researchers identify which drug indications are typically linked to which side effects. IBM was granted U.S. Patent 9,536,194: Method and system for exploring the associations between drug side-effects and therapeutic indications for this invention. "As inventors at IBM, we have the opportunity to help solve real-world problems," said Jianying Hu, Senior Manager and Program Director, Center for Computational Health, IBM Research.


SDL Sues Lilt For Patent Infringement Slator

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SDL is suing Silicon Valley startup Lilt, alleging patent infringement. US Patent 9,152,622, where Daniel Marcu is first named inventor, is entitled "Personalized Machine Translation via Online Adaptation" and was granted Language Weaver on October 6, 2015. SDL claimed that, by providing a "personalized" machine translation (MT) system that receives translator feedback to improve translations, Lilt is in violation of this patent. The lawsuit alleges that Lilt violates this patent by doing the following: receiving post-edited MT (PEMT) sentence pairs, updating an MT model by aligning PEMT sentence pairs to generate phrases, adding these phrases to the MT model, adapting a language model from post-edited target sentence units, and then calculating translation statistics for the post-edits.


Machine learning models for drug discovery

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IBM today announced that its scientists have been granted a patent on machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. IBM was granted U.S. Patent 9,536,194: Method and system for exploring the associations between drug side-effects and therapeutic indications for this invention. Computational models and machine learning methods that can derive useful insights from large amounts of data on drugs and diseases from various sources hold great promise for reducing these attrition rates and improving the drug discovery process. One of the research areas of the Center for Computational Health at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center is translational informatics, which focuses on the development of novel techniques to extract insights and knowledge from biological and clinical data to support biological scientists, clinicians, and patients.


Disney creating 'deformable', 'humanoid' robots to hug children

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Serious Cloudflare bug revealed secret user data from major websites

PCWorld

For months, a bug in Cloudflare's content optimization systems exposed sensitive information sent by users to websites that use the company's content delivery network. "I'm finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites, hotel bookings," Ormandy wrote in an entry on Google Project Zero's bug tracker during the incident. "We're talking full https requests, client IP addresses, full responses, cookies, passwords, keys, data, everything." This bug is similar in its effect to the HeartBleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, which could have allowed attackers to force HTTPS servers to leak potentially sensitive memory contents.


New Samsung Patents Reveal Foldable Phone Design

Forbes

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Samsung is edging closer to its final foldable phone design according to recently submitted patents. The designs, dated by the US Patents Office as the 31st January 2017 and spotted by PhoneArena, reveal a flexible display device that folds in the middle. This is not the first hinged, foldable device patent we've seen from Samsung.