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'Cloud', 'AI' and Other Buzzwords as Excuses for Granting Fake Patents on Software

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Posted in America, Deception, Patents at 5:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz Summary: With resurgence of rather meaningless terms like so-called'clouds' (servers/hosting) and'AI' (typically anything in code which does something clever, including management of patents) the debate is being shifted away from 35 U.S.C. § 101 (Section 101); but courts would still see past such façade THE EPO and USPTO both have a bad new habit that they spread to other patent offices, such as KIPO in Korea. They use or misuse buzzwords. They try to make things outside patent scope seem so innovative that somehow this supposed innovation defies the rules (scope). Sometimes that manages to impress or at least confuse examiners and judges. "So let's start with this assumption that patent maximalists have come to accept Section 101/Alice renders software patents worthless and even overzealous, very large law firms (Finnegan is one of the biggest) insist that patenting has gone too far for practical purposes. Where do they go from here? So it's not hard to see why patent maximalists would pursue such tricks. As recently as Sunday Watchtroll published this rant about Section 101/Alice -- the basis (or legal framework) upon which most software patents become void. "This has prompted many to cast a grim prospect for the software patent industry," Babak Nouri (at Watchtroll) wrote less than a couple of days ago, as if the patents themselves are the industry… "A Realistic Perspective on post-Alice Software Patent Eligibility" is the headline and here's a snide remark directed at the law itself: "Much of the havoc wrought in the software patent system by the landmark decision Alice v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) stems from the unworkable two-part patent eligibility test based on vaguely defined and nebulous Abstract idea and significantly more constructs.


Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming

WIRED

Iconic tech-company founders often come in pairs: Bill Hewlett and David Packard. The world lost half of one such duo Monday when Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. For the last three decades of his life, Allen was best known as a philanthropist and prolific entrepreneur. He funded the first successful privately financed spacecraft launch and the development of the world's largest aircraft. And he owned two professional sports teams, football's Seattle Seahawks and basketball's Portland Trail Blazers, and co-owned another, soccer's Seattle Sounders.


Amazon wants to turn Alexa into a makeshift doctor

Daily Mail

Alexa may soon be able to act as an in-house doctor for poorly or upset users. A patent that was filed by Amazon reveals that Alexa will automatically detect unusual changes in a person's voice and speaking patterns. The AI-powered smart speaker will also pick up on auditory clues like coughs and moans then offer suggestions to held aid a speedy recovery. These could include suggesting you eat a bowl of chicken soup as well as offering to deliver cough tablets, tissues and play you soothing music. Amazon has successfully obtained a patent which would allow Alexa to detect unusual changes in a person's voice caused by illness or crying.


Amazon Files for Patent to Detect User Illness and Emotional State by Analyzing Voice Data - Voicebot

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Amazon yesterday filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to detecting physical and emotional wellbeing of users based on interactions captured in voice data. The first example in the patent application depicts a user coughing while asking Alexa about being hungry. Alexa responds by suggesting a chicken soup recipe and when refused then offers to order cough drops with one-hour delivery. The voice recognition system is using sounds such as a cough or sniffle to determine if a user is unwell. However, the patent is not limited by these sounds and could be extended to different types of normal speech.


Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you're sick, depressed and sell you meds

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Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled "Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users," was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed the patent application in March 2017. The patent describes a voice assistant that can detect "abnormal" physical or emotional conditions. "For example, physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user," the patent says. "A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality."


Using AI to print models of your body parts - Techwatch - Connect

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Well-known Belfast startup Axial3D produces 3D prints of your body parts. This isn't to satisfy the narcissistic social media types – it has important surgical implications. This previous TechWatch article describes the company's process. Now, Axial3D is developing new AI techniques to make instantaneous the transition from 2D images to 3D prints. How are they doing that?


TD Bank helps Canadian startups with patents

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TD Bank Group is no stranger to investing in artificial intelligence and Canadian startups; acquiring Layer 6 at the beginning of this year, and partnering with Kasisto in October of last year and Toronto-based Flybits in 2015, now the bank is helping early-stage, Canadian startups patent their work. The Canadian bank announced, on Thursday, the first three startups to join its Patents for Startups Program, which helps companies at the seed stage with the funding and the application process to patent their work, in Canada the U.S. and abroad. The program which was launched last year will now start working with Senso.ai, "The success of young, innovative startups is key to Canada's future," said TD's intellectual property and patentable innovations lead Josh Death, in a press release, "ultimately, the customer wins when banks and startups collaborate." Senso is a cloud-based startup that helps financial institutions personalize retail banking, by using machine learning algorithms the platform detects key talking points for advisors and customers to discuss that focus on personalizing the retail banking needs of the customer.


The Newest Password Technology Is Making Your Phone Easier for Police to Search

The Atlantic

In August, 28-year-old Grant Michalski was implicated as part of a ring of men sharing images and videos of a young girl, the daughter of one of the ring's members, being sexually abused. The FBI arrived at Michalski's home with the authority to require him to unlock his iPhone X using the phone's Face ID feature. It was the first search warrant of its kind. From schools to summer camps to baseball stadiums to, of course, phones, biometric technology is everywhere. It's how we sort photos, buy beer at baseball games, and board flights.


Ford patent would turn autonomous car control into a mobile game

Engadget

Future self-driving cars might be reliable enough to ditch the steering wheel. But what happens if you do need to take over in a pinch? With Ford, it might be as simple as pulling out your phone. The company recently obtained a US patent for two driving modes that would use a touchscreen device to steer an otherwise autonomous vehicle once you receive permission. The first mode, as Autoblog pointed out, would mimic the tilt-to-steer mechanic from games like Real Racing 3 -- your device's accelerometer and gyroscope would guide the front wheels.


The Morning After: Windows 10's October update problem

Engadget

Let's revisit some of this week's highlights as we get into Microsoft's buggy Windows 10 update, Apple's'kill-switch' that wasn't and what you need to know ahead of Google's Pixel 3 launch event on Tuesday. And yes, there is an explanation for the creepy phone add-on shown above. Its feedback hub shows complaints from beta testers dating back a few months. Over the last couple of days, some users who went ahead and installed the Windows 10 October Update have complained that it deleted personal files in their documents folders. Now the company has removed a link from its download site, and updated a support page to say "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating."