The blockchain is taking China by storm as companies in the country are lining up left and right to file patents related to the emerging technology — despite the country’s crackdown on ICOs, cryptocurrency mining, and trading.
Samsung Electronics, which has been eager in stretching its electronics prowess to a range of automated technologies, has acquired two patents related to drone design and technology in the U.S. this month, joining the segment already with Apple, Google and Amazon on board.
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Samsung has patented technology for true wireless charging — that is, charging that doesn’t even require the phone to touch the charging pad. Such technology has been dreamed about for decades, once being a common element in science fiction, soon hopefully to be a reality. Per the patent, Samsung’s system would make it possible to wirelessly charge a mobile device from nearly anywhere in a room, even while the owner uses it.
Switzerland was the eighth biggest source of international patent applications and second of design applications last year, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Match Group, the online dating company that owns services like Tinder and Match.com, wants to buy Bumble, another popular dating app that lets women make the first move.
White Plains, New York-based Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has patented a system that can alert pilots and help them avoid tail strike scenarios. The “Tailstrike Warning System” relates angle-of-attack rather than pitch guidance to ground proximity. The system also helps predict a tail strike threat in the case of a sloped runway. Because the warning system relates to AOA, it can be incorporated with existing systems and won’t increase the pilot’s workload.
Walmart Inc's patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible.
On Thursday, March 1st, the American stock exchange Nasdaq filed a patent patent infringement lawsuit against electronic-based trading platform provider IEX Group in the District of New Jersey. Nasdaq is seeking enhanced damages for willful infringement of a series of patents covering auction and order processing as well as other technologies. Nasdaq alleges the patents and technologies were known to the founders of IEX, who themselves were former Nasdaq employees.