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US No. 1 in Patent Filings at the European Patent Office

Posted: Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 @ 9:45 am | Written by European Patent Office | Comments Off
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Posted in: Boeing, Companies We Follow, Europe, General Electric, Google, HP, Intel, International, IP News, Articles, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Patents, Qualcomm
  • Almost a quarter of all European patent filings originate from the US
  • US patent filings in Europe grew by 2.8% to highest figure ever
  • General Electric and Qualcomm biggest patent filers from the US
  • US companies strongest in medical technology and IT sector
  • EPO President Benoît Battistelli: “Europe is a premier hub of innovation.”

Brussels, 6 March 2014 – Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) hit a new record in 2013, with applications coming from the US growing by 2.8% (2012: +5.1%). Last year US companies deposited 64 967, or 24.5%, of all European patent filings (2012: 63 198), which confirms the US as the No. 1 among all countries at the EPO, ahead of Japan (52 437; +1.2%) and Germany (32 022, -5.4%). It is the highest number of patents ever filed by US companies within one year at the EPO.

In the last decade, European patent filings originating in the US grew an average 2.2% per year. Since 2004 the number of US patent filings in Europe has risen by more than 20%.

Boeing Invents: The Pursuit of Safer Air Travel

Posted: Friday, Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:55 am | Written by Steve Brachmann | Comments Off
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Posted in: Authors, Boeing, Companies We Follow, IP News, Articles, Patents, Steve Brachmann, Technology & Innovation, USPTO

From U.S. Pat. App. 20130133202, for fire resistant thermoplastics.

As a leader in the development of commercial airliners, The Boeing Company of Chicago, IL, is greatly involved in improving safety systems for their aircraft. In recent days, the perception of unsafe aircraft has been hurting the airplane manufacturer.

A recent fire onboard a Boeing Dreamliner at London’s Heathrow Airport refocused concerns on the recently developed cruise liner, which was maligned with battery fire issues earlier this year. In early July, a high-profile Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco involving a Boeing 777 airliner has also troubled the company, although the investigation seems to be focusing on pilot error in that case. Still, when dealing with air transit there is zero margin for error. When errors do occur when an airplane is in use they frequently are catastrophic, so the search for safer technologies is a never ending pursuit.

Today in our Companies We Follow series, we’re taking another look at Boeing, especially taking a look at their efforts to develop even safer systems of airborne transportation. Some of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office documents we feature here highlight Boeing’s improvements to emergency systems on aircraft. One Boeing patent application would improve flame-retardant windows so that they create fewer toxic emissions during a fire. One issued patent details Boeing’s creation of a system for detecting suitable areas to land an aircraft away from an airport, in case of emergency.

Other USPTO published documents detail Boeing’s development of better safety detection systems. Two patents we take a close look at describe improvements to electrical wire inspection to detect degradation in wire insulation and a sensing circuit for detecting a properly attached seat buckle. Finally, one patent application filed by Boeing would provide a system for detecting volcanic ash within a jet engine.

Boeing Patent Application to Help Detect Infectious Disease

Posted: Friday, Jun 7, 2013 @ 7:45 am | Written by Steve Brachmann | Comments Off
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The Boeing Company is an American-based multinational developer and manufacturer of defense and aerospace technology. Long renowned for being a commercial jet designer, the Chicago-based corporation is also heavily involved in the military aircraft, computer systems and munitions industries. Recently, the first major purchase of Boeing’s newest commercial airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, by Singapore Airlines has bolstered the company’s outlook after the jumbo jet liner was plagued with engineering issues over the past year.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often publishing applications and awarding patents to Boeing for their technological developments for aircraft. This week on IPWatchdog’s Companies We Follow series, we take a look at some of Boeing’s most intriguing recent patents and applications. Two patent applications would protect safer on-board plane mechanisms for jam-proof mechanical wing assemblies and leak-proof cryogenic fuel tanks.

Other applications showcase Boeing’s focus on passenger safety. One application released recently describes Boeing’s development of an air filtering system that is responsive to the presence of airborne contagions. Another application describes a sensor system that can provide accurate readings of runway conditions, scanning for potholes or other surface degradation.

Boeing Patent Application Flight Trajectory Prediction

Posted: Monday, Apr 8, 2013 @ 7:45 am | Written by Steve Brachmann | Comments Off
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The Boeing Company is an American corporation that is heavily involved with the development of innovations in the fields of aerospace and defense technology. In fact, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office regularly receives applications and issues patents for various aircraft and communication technologies developed by the Chicago-based firm. Notwithstanding, the breadth of the types of innovations that they pursue may surprise you. Boeing is an innovative company that is not afraid to pursue innovation wherever it leads.

Recent patent applications assigned to Boeing show the company’s desire to create more adaptive in-flight management in response to unforeseen conditions. Another patent application describes a new system of solar energy collection that can generate energy from a very wide spectrum of light waves. One patent issued to Boeing also provides an interesting new development in the arena of laser light communication for data transmission. Given Earth Day is only two weeks away, let’s start by exploring the solar collection patent application.