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
|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|
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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