Drone Patent Index May 2014

Drone Patent Index May 2014
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Drone Patent Index May 2014

24 drone patents were granted in May. This an decrease of 1 from April.

35 drone patent application were published in May. This is a increase of 13 from April.

Selected Drone Patents

Pat. # Title Assignee
8738213 User interface for displaying internal state of autonomous driving system Google Inc.
8738201 Systems and methods of improving or increasing information concerning, particularly, runway conditions available to pilots of landing aircraft Engineering Arresting Systems Corp.
8738197 Automatic vehicle guidance system Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
8736820 Apparatus and method for distinguishing ground and obstacles for autonomous mobile vehicle Agency for Defense Development
8736463 Object bounding box estimation Google Inc.
8736108 Photovoltaic system Sandia Corporation
8733695 UAV launch attachment assembly and launch system Arcturus UAV LLC
8730461 Method for monitoring fugitive gas emissions from the soil, via vertical concentration measurements Tea Sistemi S.p.A
8730356 System and method for automatic flash removal from images Sony Corporation
8730014 System and method for monitoring objects, people, animals or places Cedar Ridge Research, LLC
8727280 Inflatable airfoil system having reduced radar and infrared observability The Boeing Company
8727276 Anchoring harpoon intended in particular for an aircraft and anchoring system including one such harpoon DCNS
8725391 Method for identifying an error function and in particular a drift of a rail pressure sensor in a common rail injection system Continental Automotive GmbH
8725342 Safely navigating on roads through maintaining safe distance from other vehicles Google Inc.
8725314 Method of synchronized control of electric motors of a remote-controlled rotary wing drone such as a quadricopter Parrot
8723730 System and method for direction finding and geolocation of emitters based on line-of-bearing intersections Exelis Inc.
8723354 Electrical power control system for a vehicle Eads Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.
8721383 Modular miniature unmanned aircraft with vectored thrust control Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
8720816 Unmanned aerial vehicle BAE Systems Plc.
8720579 Emergency blowout preventer (EBOP) control system using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and method of use Oceaneering International, Inc.
8720263 Measurement device for carrying out a brake test in a rail vehicle Knorr-Brmse Systeme fur Scheinenfahrzeuge GmbH
8718861 Determining when to drive autonomously Google Inc.
8718838 System and methods for autonomous tracking and surveillance The Boeing Company
8717844 Seismic data acquisition using self-propelled underwater vehicles WesternGeco LLC




Drone Patent Index May 2014

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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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