Drone Patent Index October 2014
27 drone patents were granted in October. This is a 23% decrease from September and a 7% decrease from the year before.
51 drone patent application were published in October. This is a 2% decrease from September and 82% increase from the year before.
Selected Drone Patents
|Object detection and classification for autonomous vehicles
|Autonomous vehicle and method for coordinating the paths of multiple autonomous vehicles
|Proxy Technologies Inc.
|Autonomous vehicle with driver presence and physiological monitoring
|Ford Global Technologies, LLC
|Drone for inspection of enclosed space and method thereof
|United Dynamics Advanced Technologies Corporation
|Model vehicle remote control system
|Avoiding blind spots of other vehicles
|Image-based crack detection
|University of Southern California
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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