Intellectual Property

Facebook plans to secretly watch users through webcams, patent reveals

The Independent

Facebook is planning to secretly watch and record users through their webcams and smartphone cameras, a newly discovered patent suggests. 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.

Uber uses a dinosaur to show how you'd control a self-driving car with a smartphone


If your goal was to drive a car, you wouldn't be in an autonomous Uber. Speaking of humans and obsolete, the patent application for some reason uses the graphic of a dinosaur to represent the rider and/or the car. Uber is bogged down in a vicious court battle with rival Waymo, while at the same time its autonomous vehicles have trouble driving even a single mile without human intervention. But hey, riders may one day be able to control a vehicle's air conditioning from the Uber app.

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.

U.S. Judge Grants Partial Injunction Against Uber in Waymo Car Case

U.S. News

The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, made public on Monday, said Uber "likely knew" or should have known that the engineer, who now works at Uber, took Waymo materials while Uber was contemplating buying the engineer's company. However, the judge also 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


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


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.

Walmart wants in-store drones

FOX News

Tired of searching far-flung corners of a big box retail store for that item you want? Walmart may have a high-tech solution – the retail giant has filed a patent to use drones within its stores. The patent application describes "dispatching an airborne drone to an item located within a retail shopping facility, securing that item of inventory to the airborne drone, and then directing the airborne drone to carry the item of inventory to a delivery area located within the retail shopping area." While it is not clear whether delivery drones will ever make it into Walmart stores, the patent filing comes at a time when the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company is looking to increase its level automation.

Serious Cloudflare bug revealed secret user data from major websites


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.