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Sound CAPTCHA – Patents for the Blind 3

This image depicts Sound Captcha written over it with a red color background. This image is relevant as A patent granted to Towson University was granted this patent to validate captcha for blind person using their voice. Click on this image for more information

This post was published on September 01, 2014.

 

At one point, access to technology, especially the Internet, was only a dream for the visually disabled. For a long time, online tools were not accessible owing to either the lack of availability or high cost. But today, popular screen reading software applications like Job Access With Speech (JAWS) and open source screen reading software applications like NVDA are available for free. These applications allow a blind person to access a computer and perform several of its functions without the need of a screen!

Accessing the Internet was initially not very easy, but as days passed several modules were added to screen readers, and now, almost 50% of the Internet, especially the text based part, is accessible to the blind. Among the accessible websites, one common roadblock encountered by the visually disabled is the CAPTCHA.

CAPTCHA, Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, is a method used to prevent automated programs from accessing secure websites. CAPTCHA normally displays an image, the data in which must be manually entered into another text box to authenticate a human user. Though Google’s RE-CAPTCHA provides an audio alternative, its success rate is less than 50%. I used this several times, and succeeded only once.

Post-dating Patent Applications: Frisk it Before You Risk it!

This post was published on August 08, 2014.

 

Our previous article on post-dating exposed the risks involved in the shifting ahead of the priority date of an application. The risk of losing priority can cost you dearly. Today’s post, however, unravels the puzzling question of how to claim priority even from a post-dated application!

We are aware that most applicants tend to post-date a provisional application as the deadline to file a non-provisional application (or complete application, in some jurisdictions) approaches, for reasons best known to the Applicants. Another commonly availed option is to post-date the priority application when the deadline to file a foreign application (1 year from the date of filing priority application) is missed. However, most of us tend to take it for granted that such post-dating will not jeopardize our patent rights and hence fearlessly proceed with the option. A peek into the legislation of certain jurisdictions might prompt us to reconsider these decisions to post-date applications.

Patent Claim Drafting – Preamble

This post was first published on July 16, 2014.

 

It would have been very well drummed into a patent professional, Mr. X, who has just started drafting a patent specification that “claims form the heart of a patent application,” or the “name of the game is claim,” and so on. Very few might agree with me if Mr. X has been told to carefully consider the words and/or features and/or the language used in the preamble, as improper drafting of preamble may limit the scope. Well, it is not Mr. X’s fault, nor the trainer’s fault. There are not many case laws or rather widely discussed case laws, elucidating or interpreting in detail the importance of a preamble as there are for definiteness, written description and other statutory requirements. In fact, in 1934 (in In Re Wolf), CCPA held that, “The preamble of a claim is introductory only and should not be considered as a limitation of the subject issue.”

While CCPA’s decision in In re Wolf is still held aloft like a banner, for more of a visual than cognitive effect, there are some case laws in which the federal circuit has touched upon or at certain times went into a little more detail on the importance/interpretation of preamble.

Sound Sign Posts – Patents for the Blind 2

This image depicts a blind woman holding a stick and walking on a road. This image is relevant as a patent has been awarded for vibrating clothes which will help the blind person to navigate easily. Click on this image for more information

This post was published on August 25, 2014.

 

Last week we discussed the talking walking stick innovation. Today, I am here with another patent, brought to my attention by the reliable, Naveen. Banking on certain patents to navigate your way through the world, is not an uncommon feature in knowledge driven industries and I embark on a mission to learn a few tricks. This patent, filed in 2008, by Universidade Do Porto, Portugal, seems to be an outcome of Academic Research.

The Guidance, navigation and information system especially adapted for blind or partially sighted people (US 20110172907 A1) patent aims to provide sound sign posts for the blind. The Abstract reads as follows:

Battle of Instant Photography

This post was published on August 20, 2014.

 

August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day! Photography, in layman’s language, is an art of producing images using a camera. The history of recording images dates back to the late BC, though this cannot be substantiated. Later, in 1839, Louis Daguerre, a French artist and photographer, introduced Daguerreotype, the first publicly announced photographic process. In 1840, the first American patent (US 1582) was issued in photography to Mr. Alexander Wolcott, for his camera that worked on the Daguerreotype principle. Now, telling you about all patents related to photography would be tedious. So, let me tell you the story of an interesting patent battle that took place between two pioneers in photography in hopes of gaining dominance in the field of instant photography.

India up five spots in GII 2019, Vodafone joins LTE patent pool, Natco Pharma in Delhi High Court and more

The featured image reads Weekly News Updates: Patent News. The logo of intellepedia also forms part of the featured image. To read more click here.

  “Patent News Bulletin: Indian Patent Statistics, Indian Industrial Design Statistics, Interesting Inventions, Highlights of the 12th Edition of the Global Innovation Index 2019, Delhi High Court grants interim relief to Natco Pharma Ltd; Vodafone joins LTE patent pool of Via Licensing Corporation; KIPO observes filings of 16,991 PCT Applications, in 2018, China launches the establishment of a National Centre that offers guidance on IP related disputes and other news updates”, presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. INDIAN PATENT STATISTICS A total of 1136 patent applications have been published in the 30th issue of...

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The Chemtura Case – Assent from US’ BPAI, but Dissent from India’s IPAB

This image depicts a Gavel, a court hammer. This image is relevant as the post is about Chemutra Case. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 29th October, 2014.   Intellectual Property Appellate Board, ORA/14/2009/PT/MUM ANDORA/14/2009/PT/MUM Decision Date: 24 AUGUST 2012 This post focuses only on the inventive step analysis of IPAB. The question of inventive step arose in a revocation petition before IPAB in which lack of inventive step was one among several grounds. SiNApSE readers will recall this case for its ratio on Section 8 of the Patents Act. Patent: The patent in question relates to a side bearing pad assembly for absorbing and cushioning compression forces and that dampen lateral rolling motions that occur during the movement of railroad cars. Claim 1 reads as...

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An “Illuminating” Technology Boost to Cricket!

The image depicts a cricketer at the stumps.

This post was first published on 8th April, 2014.   The 2014 T20 World Cup has finally concluded and a new cricket champion is born - Sri Lanka. This edition was thrilling and we witnessed a lot of close contests and nail biting finishes. Well, if you're wondering about the relevance of this category of post on an IP blog, the fact is, this edition of the T20 World Cup was especial not just for ardent cricket fans but for technology enthusiasts too, bringing us to the relevance of this post on this blog. Those who watched the World Cup matches this time around...

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PTech Industry Split – Proposed Indian Patent policy

This post was first published on 18th August, 2014.   A heated debate has erupted between the Tech Giants about the newly proposed amendment in the Indian Patent act. The Tech industry is discussing the pros and cons of implementing the suggested change. What is proposed in this new changed policy? The new policy that is proposed aims to protect essential patents in the technology space. It is called the Intellectual Rights Policy and it proposes to set a framework for the licensing of essential patents in India. What are the points of difference between the old policy and the new one? The key point of difference is...

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Fly Like Superman

The image is from Superman Comics. The post is about a patent application for hyperspace teleportation. Click on image to view post.

This post was first published on 28th November, 2011.   Everybody as a kid must have fantasized to fly like Superman. Did you ever imagine teleporting yourself from one place to another, just in a jiff? To sweep you off your feet here is a patent application which may remind you of Superman. I found a patent application which may turn your dream of teleporting yourself from one place to another into reality. A patent application (US 20060071122) titled “Full Body Teleportation System” filed by John Quincy St. Clair in Sep 2004 discloses a technique to teleport a human being through hyperspace...

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