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Semiconductor

PenTile Technology – The Cornerstone of OLED Technology

OLED has become a major display technology trend and it continues to gain traction in high-end display products. The active use of OLEDs kickstarted around 2008 when Nokia released the world’s first OLED phone – the N85. OLED was soon adopted by other players. The following… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/tablet-smartphone-laptop-hard-drive-626093/) *** […]

LCDs to OLEDs – Evolution of Display Technology

Display technology has been an ever-intriguing space, evolving dramatically since the days of the first television sets. Liquid crystals were first observed in the 19th century; however, it was only in the 1960s that the foundation of modern-day liquid crystal displays (LCDs) was laid by James… Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pxhere.com/en/photo/597333 *** […]

Forget Messy Dining – Food Could Soon Levitate Itself Straight Into Your Mouth

Forks, spoons, knives and those fancy cutleries were once invented for a convenient and hygienic dining experience. Over time they evolved into exquisite pieces adorning dining tables, exhibiting sophistication, luxury and class. But what if dining can be made more convenient and fun? What if you… (Featured image source is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/32301315311/) *** […]

Honey! I Shrunk the FinFET to Plug Power Leakage

The latest buzz in the semiconductor world of consumers is the use of FinFET transistors in their laptops, smartphones and PDAs. With these devices shrinking in size and customers demanding for better power management, electronics majors have entered into a rat race to improve traditional planar transistors such as MOSFETs. This is in an effort to… (Featured image source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/80486dx2-large.jpg) *** […]

Electronics

Exploring proxemics for Human-Drone Interaction

The development of drone-based technology and solutions has witnessed an increase over the past few years. The impact of drone technology can be seen in areas such as defense, disaster control, entertainment, product delivery, agriculture, photography, weather forecasting and many more. According to the World Intellectual Property Office, the patent filings for drone technology in 2016-2017 witnessed a new high […]

Is the digital assistant automating your Life?

Voice-enacted innovation started with IBM’s Audrey in the 1950s. It was sufficiently developed for the times, tailored for the U.S. Bureau of Defense in the 1970s, and developed its vocabulary in the 1980s. While it was lesser known then, today we know advanced cousins of it… Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from (https://www.pexels.com/photo/round-grey-speaker-on-brown-board-1072851/) *** […]

Robotic Bees to Revolutionize Home & Crop Management, Fly to Mars

Do you remember escaping the possible sting of a bee buzzing around your face? You must have observed the lift, pick, swim, dip, swirl and drop of a bee. Today, technologists and researchers from across leading universities and companies have created ornithopter robotic bees that are remotely… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/bee-abstract-insect-nature-honey-2984342/) *** […]

THINK – and let your Device Act

What language do you think in? How do you read in your mind – loud or soft? Are you one of those who enjoys enacting within the mind to find creative solutions? Whatever you do, all of these engage a process named sub-vocalization. This is an auditory reassurance that… (Featured image is for representative purpose only and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/brain-thinking-idea-intelligence-494152/) *** […]

Telecom

Status update: Facebook @ Moon

4G-LTE network is all set to take a giant leap for mankind as the Moon will get its first-ever high-speed communication network next year. The project is no mean feat, what with majors in the telecom, automobile, and space research industries joining hands for this mammoth… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/network-astronomy-planet-space-3152677/) *** […]

Fingerprint to Face ID, the Smartphone Bezel is melting Away

Screen lock security has become an integral requirement for smartphones. It is no wonder that smartphone concept designers are focusing their R&D efforts in creating futuristic features that can be hidden under a smartphone’s display. The conventional smartphone has a 3D Touch which simulates … (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/smartphone-mobile-phone-touch-695164/ ) *** […]

The I-Q battle of 4G LTE

The 4G-LTE market is competitive like never before with the technology evolving towards a connected future where reliable communication systems with very high data speeds and practically zero latency are the need of the hour. Chipmakers are consistently pushing their limits to create devices that can achieve these gigabit speeds… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/computer-smartphone-online-digital-1231889/) *** […]

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Race for Ace Continues in 4G LTE Patentscape

From LTE to LTE-Advanced Pro, the telecom industry has focused on enhancing user experience with high data speeds and reduced latency. LTE-Advanced Pro includes features such as Enhanced Carrier Aggregation, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), Full Dimension MIMO (FD-MIMO), and aggregation of small and macro cells through… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Connectworld.jpg) *** […]

Pharma & Life Sciences

Growing confidence in Template-free CRISPR-induced gene editing

Genes possess the natural mechanism to repair a broken DNA sequence. However, this repair was conventionally believed to be unpredictable, erroneous and random. Traditionally, gene editing techniques were aimed at replacing a segment of the genetic sequence with a template sequence to achieve the desired genetic modification. Known as homology-directed repair (HDR), the method included replacing an undesirable genetic mutation […]

Vaccines to Treat Opiate Addiction

In the second part of this series on Opioids, our blogger analyzes popular medication to treat withdrawal symptoms from opiates, and associated patented medication. Opioids have been used for centuries as a drug for treating pain. However, despite their benefits, many… (Please note, the featured image for this blog post is only for representational purposes and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/yanivba/505065706) *** […]

From Addiction to Wonder Drug, Will Opioids Win this Battle?

Pain treatment is a subject that has garnered ample attention from the medical fraternity since the days of recorded medical history. From the times of Sushruta till the era of IoT, treating pain in its various formats has kept researchers’ interest alive. Opium in its natural and synthetic forms has been used in the past to… (Featured image source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Garden-Poppy-Raw-Pods-Papaver-Capsules-Opium-87112) *** […]

Is it a must-win for Biogen over Forward Pharma?

Biogen has had a news-breaking start to the year, first with Michael Vounatsos taking over as the CEO of the company; and second, with Vounatsos announcing a payout of $1.25 billion to Forward Pharma to settle a patent licensing agreement. Vounatos has been quoted in the media as saying this will help strengthen Biogen’s intellectual property… (Featured image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/dark-purple-black-medicine-119931/) *** […]

Software

Disney and Universal Studios goes the AR/VR Way

If there is one place that can make science seem like fantasy even to the most logical mind, that’s a theme park. Technologies power theme park attractions and make the experience appear seamless, and these are further powered by a large number of patents. From Disney to… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from http://www.167aw.ang.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2001597625/) *** […]

Sentiment Sensitive Machines for Quicker Action

How many times have we been confused with the plethora of reviews and comments on items, while shopping online? These days, seldom do we reach out to our trusted acquaintances for opinions before buying an item, unless probably it is a big ticket one. Instead, these online opinions… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/gleonhard/28664657883)  *** […]

QuBits Will Power Quantum Age Computing

The amount of online data is rapidly increasing, which means the time required to process this information is also increasing. Internet of Things (IoT) that runs on algorithms now requires more cloud storage to be faster than ever, unlimited computing power and an endless amount of… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ibm_research_zurich/40786969122) *** […]

The future of intelligence – Transforming Industry through AR

Augmented Reality (AR) has been in vogue for the last couple of years. Its evolution is entering into an interesting space through Industrial AR. People generally perceive AR as just an overlay of digital objects in a real-world scenario, but it is a plethora of potential applications… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/31803939355/) *** […]

Patent Wars

Redefining Eligibility for Business Method Patents in the US

For those familiar with the patenting of business methods, they know the key role that the case of State Street & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group played in deeming certain business methods patent ineligible. This litigation was heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) where State Street & Trust… (Featured image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/light-light-bulb-bulb-heat-40889/) *** […]

The Great Indian Reluctance to Patent

The patent system has historically been portrayed by its proponents as neutral and devoid of any moral or ethical values. However, over the years, the arguably neutral patent system has increasingly moral and ethical issues. The idea behind introducing monopoly rights through the patent system was to encourage the inventor to disclose his invention to the public without fear of […]

Universities Tighten IP Leash Around Corporates

Innovation by universities is moving strong and bright under the limelight. This is now empowering universities to exercise their rights to protect their inventions from infringers, and what better way to do so than assert their patent rights. Even since the Bayh-Dole Act came into existence in 1980, universities in the US are on a freedom march, ensuring infringers of […]

Will Digital India Spur Patent Wars?

The Indian government has envisioned a radical departure of taking India from a service-based economy to a product-based economy, with specific focus on connectivity. The Make in India initiative has resulted in garnering huge investments from home-grown companies such as Micromax, Lava, Intex, iBall, Xolo etc. It has also attracted several Chinese manufactures such as Xiaomi to establish production houses […]

Biotechnology

Artificial Intelligence in Diagnosing Diseases

It was only a fortnight ago when artificial intelligence (AI) proved to diagnose skin cancer with more accuracy than a human doctor. This is just the tip of a massive iceberg, where AI is gearing up to become a strong tool in diagnosis, aiding better healthcare. From breath… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/brother-uk/31501281374) *** […]

Let Your Brain Drive You Around

Even before touchscreens became a household necessity, we used to operate our computers and phones using keypads. Input methods for computing devices changed from primitive keypads to sophisticated touchscreens. Companies are now working towards hacking the human mind and using the brain signal to perform different operations. The… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:EEG_recording.jpg) *** […]

Cloning: Breakthrough technology in Genetic Engineering

From frogs to sheep and probably even ourselves, humans can clone just about anything. The prospect of cloning humans is highly controversial, and it raises a number of ethical, legal, and social challenges that need to be considered. But, the question is can cloning increase the… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/twin-redheads-serious-dolls-2747717/) *** […]

Eat Water Bubbles to Quench your Thirst

You might have slurped water. You might have gulped it. And you definitely will have sipped it. But have you ever eaten it? In an effort to bid adieu to the use of plastic bottles and glasses used for water and other juices, Skipping Rocks Lab, a sustainable… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-clear-glass-decor-907518/) *** […]

IP in Action

Housing Industry set to Turn Turtle

 Imagine shifting to some place not just with your luggage, but your entire house. Well, actually, it would rather mean shifting your house in whole rather than just moving from one house to another. Doesn’t that sound quixotic? A UK-based company has developed a technology of foldable structures which is about to revolutionize the construction industry. The domain of structures […]

Semiconductor Process/Device Structure Inventions – to patent or to keep it a trade secret?

Semiconductor patents, especially those related to process or device structure technology, are not easy to enforce or monetize. Does this mean companies will be better of terming such inventions as trade secrets? Patents, by nature, are in the public domain, though they can be legally enforced against infringing products usually over its lifespan of 20 years. Trade secrets, as the […]

4D Printed Furniture Can Change Shape As You Like

Imagine buying a furniture from an Ikea store and watch it assemble all by itself! This the future of 3D printing with a ‘D’. While researchers are yet to fully utilize the potential of 3D printing technology, they are inventing novice applications and manufacturing 3D printers… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:4d_printing_-_Mobile.gif) *** […]

FIFA Gets VAR to Handle Hand of God

Champions League, Premier League, FIFA… the excitement is endless with football. And along with it come packaged infamous incidents such as controversial goals such as the Hand of God. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 round the corner, the FIFA council has enhanced its fairplay technology a step… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Match_Analysis_Portable_K2_Panoramic_Video_Camera_System.jpg) *** […]