Drone Patent Index August 2014
28 drone patents were granted in August. This is a 7% decrease from July and a 40% increase from the year before.
39 drone patent application were published in August. This is a 22% increase from July and a 26% increase from the year before.
Selected Drone Patents
|8818705||Capturing environmental information||Accenture Global Services Limited|
|8818682||Detecting and responding to tailgaters||Google Inc.|
|8818681||Detecting and responding to tailgaters||Google Inc.|
|8818610||User interface for displaying internal state of autonomous driving system||Google Inc.|
|8818609||Using geometric features and history information to detect features such as car exhaust in point maps||Google Inc.|
|8818608||Engaging and disengaging for autonomous driving||Google Inc.|
|8818606||System and method for vehicle lateral control||GM Global Technology Operations LLC|
|8818602||Unmanned autonomous operating system||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|8818083||System of drones provided with recognition beacons||Parrot|
|8818043||Traffic signal mapping and detection||Google Inc.|
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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