Drone Patent Index September 2014

Drone Patent Index September 2014
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Drone Patent Index September 2014

35 drone patents were granted in September. This is a 25% increase from August and a 106% increase from the year before.

52 drone patent application were published in September. This is a 33% increase from August and a 100% increase from the year before.

Selected Drone Patents

Pat. # Title Assignee
8849494 Data selection by an autonomous vehicle for trajectory modification Google Inc.
8849493 Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode Google Inc.
8849483 Target trailing with safe navigation with colregs for maritime autonomous surface vehicles California Institute of Technology
8844860 Foldable rise and stare vehicle LAPCAD Engineering, Inc.
8844266 Variable bypass ratio augmented gas turbine engine Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
8843311 Drive system for unmanned vehicle and method of drive control of the same Komatsu Ltd.
8843305 Geographic position enabled weapons launch safety system and method The United States of America represented by the Secretary of the Navy
8843301 Position/time synchronization of unmanned air vehicles for air refueling operations The Boeing Company
8843246 Crush zones for unmanned vehicles and methods of using the same Meggitt Training Systems Canada Inc.
8843244 Autonomous behaviors for a remove vehicle iRobot Corporation




Drone Patent Index September 2014

U.S. Patent Number 8,820,672


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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