Drone Patent Index April 2014
25 drone patents were granted in April . This an increase of 10 from March.
22 drone patent application were published in April. This is a decrease of 18 from March.
Drone Patents Granted
These are the patents that were granted.
|1||8712624||Positioning vehicles to improve quality of observations at intersections|
|2||8712623||Control apparatus for autonomous operating vehicle|
|3||8711030||Single-pass Barankin Estimation of scatterer height from SAR data|
|4||8711009||Ice data collection system|
|5||8708285||Micro-unmanned aerial vehicle deployment system|
|6||8708274||Transverse mounted gas turbine engine|
|7||8706394||Control and systems for autonomously driven vehicles|
|8||8706342||User interface for displaying internal state of autonomous driving system|
|9||8705314||Method for deployment of ocean bottom seismometers|
|10||8701584||Unmanned underwater vehicle and method for operating an unmanned underwater vehicle|
|11||8701506||Liquid sampling apparatus|
|12||8700306||Autonomous collision avoidance system for unmanned aerial vehicles|
|13||8700251||System and method for automatically detecting key behaviors by vehicles|
|14||8699754||Clear path detection through road modeling|
|15||8696010||Suspension system for autonomous transports|
|16||8694459||System and method for image recognition and matching for targeted advertisement|
|17||8694222||Collision avoidance system and method of operating the same|
|18||8694192||Control of vehicles based on auditory signals|
|19||8694191||Unmanned autonomous vehicle for displacing feed|
|20||8694152||Maintenance access zones for storage and retrieval systems|
|21||8693947||Extensible high bandwidth global space communication network|
|22||8692171||Hand launchable unmanned aerial vehicle|
|23||8688306||Systems and methods for vehicles with limited destination ability|
|24||8688270||Device for influencing navigation of an autonomous vehicle|
|25||8683937||High speed surface craft and submersible vehicle|
We try to limit the Drone Patent Index to patents and patent applications that appear to be substantially related to and intended for use with drones. Since drones use a very wide range of technologies (please see our drone technology article), we do not attempt to include every patent or application that could be applied to drones. As we use it here, the term “drone” includes any autonomous vehicle.
Please let us know if we have missed any important patents.
Drone patent applications are applications that have been filed with and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although most applications are published, a small percentage (about 7% nation wide) are not published for various reasons. Patent applications are generally published 18 months after the first priority date of the application. Published applications have not necessarily been examined and some applications will be abandoned after publication. Once an application is examined and approved and all fees and formalities have been satisfied, the Patent Office grants a patent.
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