Drone Patent Index July 2014
30 drone patents were granted in July. This is a decrease of 1 from June.
32 drone patent application were published in July. This is a decreased of 3 from June.
Selected Drone Patents
|8793046||Inferring state of traffic signal and other aspects of a vehicle’s environment based on surrogate data||Google Inc.|
|8793036||Trackless transit system with adaptive vehicles||The Boeing Company|
|8791836||Reflexive response system for popup threat survival||Lockheed Martin Corporation|
|8791835||Methods for road safety enhancement using mobile communication device||None|
|8789635||Heavy-duty ground transportation vehicle, in particular an unmanned heavy-duty transportation vehicle for ISO containers||Gottwald Port Technology GmbH|
|8789631||Roof inspection systems with autonomous guidance||Tobor Technology, LLC|
|8789472||Quasi self-contained energy storage and power supply system||Serise Technologies, Inc.|
|8788135||System, method, and computer software code for providing real time optimization of a mission plan for a powered system||General Electric Company|
|8788134||Autonomous driving merge management system||GM Global Technology Operations LLC|
|8788121||Autonomous vehicle and method for coordinating the paths of multiple autonomous vehicles||Proxy Technologies, Inc.|
|8788119||Unmanned vehicle and system||The Boeing Company|
|8788118||Systems and methods for detecting and managing the unauthorized use of an unmanned aircraft.||Jeffrey A. Matos|
|8788117||Method for moving an aircraft along the ground.||Airbus Operations|
|8787904||Aircraft based wireless communication system||Smartsky Networks LLC|
|8783791||Dual circuit pneumatic foot valve with electronically controlled proportional modulator (ECPM) and operator input sensing.||Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.|
|8783608||Aircraft anchoring harpoon with jack connected to pressurized gas source||Dcns|
|8783607||UAV Recovery system.||Arcturus UAV LLC|
|8781721||Obstacle evaluation technique.||Google Inc.|
|8781670||Controlling vehicle lateral lane positioning.||Google Inc.|
|8781669||Consideration of risks in active sensing for an autonomous vehicle.||Google Inc.|
|8781650||Aircraft navigation system.||The Boeing Company|
|8780195||Fusion of multi-sensor information with operator-learned behavior for automatic and efficient recognition of objects and control of remote vehicles.||The united States of America as Represented by the secretary of the Navy|
|8775013||System and method for acoustic signature health monitoring of unmanned autonomous vehicles. (UAVS)||The Boeing Company|
|8773330||Method and apparatus for virtual mission control station||The Boeing Company|
|8770976||Methods and systems for use in training armed personnel.||Marathno Robotics Pty Ltd.|
|8770941||Blade orientation of an impeller or propeller.||Mike Richard John Smith|
|8768555||Autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles.||L-3 Unmanned Systems, Inc.|
|8766925||Method and apparatus for providing input to a processor, and a sensor pad.||New York University|
|9764498||Wave-powered device with one or more tethers having one or more rigid sections.||Liquid Robotics, Inc.|
|8763959||Two-element airfoil configuration for minimizing accretion of contaminant.||Israel Aerospace Industries.|
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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