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Broadcom: A Fabless Manufacturer Focused on Innovation

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 8:00 am | Written by Steve Brachmann | 2 comments
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Posted in: Audio & Video, Authors, Automotive, Broadcom, Companies We Follow, IP News, Articles, Patents, Software, Steve Brachmann, Technology & Innovation

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the Broadcom Corporation is a very successful company in the field of semiconductor and electronic development. As a fabless manufacturer, Broadcom focuses on researching new technologies for which the manufacturing is outsourced. In early May, this company increased its market capitalization ranking among all S&P 500 companies to 264th overall, taking over the spot held by Harley-Davidson. Although Broadcom’s mobile and wireless sector has been losing profits recently, its infrastructure and networking and its broadband sectors have brought increasing revenues in the past few years. Wireless internet technologies, as well as various semiconductor products for the growing Internet of Things, are currently being developed by the corporation.

Those who routinely read this feature know that we focus heavily on semiconductor developers in IPWatchdog’s Companies We Follow series, and that makes Broadcom an organization that truly piques our interest. For the first time, we’re profiling the recent patent applications and issued patents assigned to this company and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our recent search of this corporation’s innovations showed us a diverse field of novel technologies for many computing environments.

Today’s featured patent application involves an invention that seeks to provide energy resources more efficiently within an automotive computing environment. This system is able to monitor various pieces of data to inform system decisions on whether on-board entertainment, safety or navigational systems should be operated in a low-power state. Another patent we discuss features similar methods of determining whether a device should stop running certain applications. We also describe a couple of multimedia innovations, including one invention designed to reduce echo problems in audio systems.

WIPO Director General Says its Time for Legal Digital Marketplace

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 @ 7:45 am | Written by Gene Quinn | 5 comments
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Posted in: Gene Quinn, International, Internet, IP News, Articles, WIPO

WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

Yesterday marked the start of the 51st meeting of the Assemblies of Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The meetings taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, occur as a power struggle may be brewing behind the scenes. Director General Francis Gurry, a central figure in the WIPO decision to send computers to North Korea, has indicated that he would like another six-year term as WIPO Director General. At least some in the United States are going to oppose Gurry and are urging the Obama Administration to identify another candidate. Could current Deputy Director Jim Pooley be that other candidate that certain Members of the House of Representatives hopes will emerge? Time will tell, but things will surely get interesting. For more see WIPO Member States Meet Amid Internal Unrest.

In the meantime, there is important business to be done by WIPO.

Kicking off the 51st meeting of Member States, Gurry took the opportunity to both look back and look forward with his address to the WIPO Assemblies. Gurry told the audience that “[t]he twelve months since the last Assemblies have seen many positive results for the Organization.” He would go on to point out that global IP systems continue to remain strong, saying: “the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Madrid System for the international registration of marks and the Hague System for the international registration of designs, continued to experience growth levels that out-perform the world economy.” Gurry also discussed the continued progress being made relative to technical systems that connect the IP Offices of Member States.

Apple Plans Improvement to Video Playback Quality

Posted: Monday, Feb 25, 2013 @ 12:09 pm | Written by Steve Brachmann | Comments Off
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Posted in: Apple, Authors, Companies We Follow, IP News, Articles, Patents, Technology & Innovation

On Thursday, February 31, 2013, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published 23 patent applications filed by California electronics development and manufacturing leader Apple Inc. Efficiency seems to be a buzz word this week, as many of the patent applications seek protections for methods of either more efficient component manufacturing or different computer-based methods of using system resources effectively, including IP address allocation. Also, one notable digital media patent application shows how Apple plans to improve video playback quality by reducing the bumps and jostles of handheld recording.

Motion-Based Video Stabilization
U.S. Patent Application No. 20130044228

Camera lenses for video recording are practically ubiquitous among electronic devices manufactured today. These tools make up a large part of a device’s functionality, and many users spend a lot of time taking photos and video and uploading them to social networks or website servers like YouTube. Although these cameras are high quality and may include many megapixels, which increases the clarity of the resulting image, video captured on these devices typically shows a lot of unwanted camera motion, as the device is typically held in a user’s hands and not placed in a tripod.

Apple Patent App Seeks to Disable iPhone Video Recorder

Posted: Friday, Jun 17, 2011 @ 9:12 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 11 comments
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Posted in: Apple, Companies We Follow, Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents, Technology & Innovation

Earlier this month an Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent application published. This in and of itself isn’t news, but the contents of the innovation disclosed is indeed noteworthy. This particular Apple patent application, US Patent Application No. 20110128384, covers a method of disabling video capture in a cell phone or similar device; namely in the Apple iPhone.

Such an innovation would make it impossible to capture video or pictures at live events where cameras and video recorders are prohibited, such as at live entertainment venues.  Such an innovation would no doubt be to the liking of those who engage in live performances and don’t prefer to have videos taken and ultimately posted to the Internet.  It wouldn’t, however, be an innovation that would be particularly interesting to the consuming public though, so whether Apple would ever implement these features remains an open question.

Energy Efficient Apple Device Provides Enhanced Copyright Protection for Digital Music

Posted: Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 @ 5:50 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 2 comments
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Posted in: Apple, Companies We Follow, Copyright, Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents

Last week a patent application on an energy efficient device that provides enhanced copyright protections was published, not surprisingly with Apple, Inc. as the assignee. On Thursday, February 4, 2010, US Patent Application 20100030928 published, titled Media processing method and device. Certainly not the most sexy title possible, but the thrust of the invention is a device that allows the central processing unit (CPU) to “loosely” connect multiple media devices in such a way that the CPU does not need to be in a constantly powered on state. Among other things, this will extend the life of the battery charge for the device, and it also enables the digital music, for example, not to be streamed through the CPU. This in turn provides enhanced protection for digital media, making it more difficult to capture the digital media for later unauthorized distribution.

Google Seeks Patent on YouTube Video Advertisements

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 @ 6:19 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 1 Comment »
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Last week a US Patent Application No. 20100010893 published detailing an invention relating to digital advertising, and more particularly to creating video overlay advertisements suitable for use with digital videos. The owner is Google and the patent application was originally filed on July 9, 2008. It seems that the Internet giant and purveyor of the extraordinarily popular YouTube video sharing website, is attempting to make it easier to create multimedia advertisements.  The screen shots in the patent application show that YouTube video is, in fact, what Google has in mind.  Just what we need, more advertising!  But advertising does pay the bills and allows individuals and businesses to create unique content for the Internet while making a living, thereby enabling for additional creation.  This, after all, is the justification for intellectual property rights.  Grant to businesses and individuals exclusive rights that they can monetize, if in fact there is a market.  Through monetization they can, hopefully, make enough to engage in further original creation, and so goes the cycle.