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Apple Patent - Projected Display Shared Workspaces

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Ever since I first explored the use of Pico Projectors, I've mentioned that it was only a question of time before Apple looked to incorporate the technology into their iOS devices, and here is a patent application from Apple which goes some way to proving that theory.

United States patent application US 2011/0197147 was originally filed in Feb 2010 and is called Projected Display Shared Workspaces.

Generally, the patent talks about how 2 or more projected displays, each from a separate device, could be displayed adjacent to one another to produce a shared workspace. Images displayed on one of the projected displays may be copied or transferred  to another projected display within the shared workspace.

Each  device may also contain a cameras that can be used to detect gestures on its projected display so that a user can transfer images between displays using simple gestures.

Devices that could be used include any type of electronic device capable of displaying projected images and recognizing gestures through a camera.

Suitable devices which are specifically mentioned as examples  include an iPod,  iPhone and MacBook.

Also mentioned is the important realisation that whereas a single camera can be used to determine movement in x and y spatial directions relative to the projected display plane - 2 or more cameras may operate in conjunction with one another to detect the spatial z direction .

One or more communication interfaces will provide channels that allow the devices to share information and control settings for the shared workspace.

Other related topics are discussed in more detail in the patent (see link above).

Now, I believe, it's only a question of time before some of these features start appearing  in the market.

 

Apple Patent 3D Viewing with Multitouch

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A recent article in WorldCAD Access is reporting a recent Patent application from Apple for manipulating 3D models on multi-touch displays.

https://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/blog/2010/01/apple-appears-to-have-patented-multitouch-zooming-and-moving-3d-objects.html

Read the patent application in its full glory at

https://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220090303231%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20090303231&RS=DN/20090303231

Right Hemisphere awarded Patent

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for Graphics File Management.

With the introduction of the new Right Hemisphere 5 visual communication and collaboration software, Right Hemisphere also announced it was awarded a key patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology that enables next-generation enterprise communications. The issued U.S. Patent No. 7,092,974 is for a “digital asset server and asset management system.” The invention outlines an advanced graphic file management system that allows users to control the complexity, flow, and quality of enterprise-wide graphic file management and usage.

Click HERE to view the actual patent.

Right Hemisphere’s graphic file management system allows for automated and dynamic repurposing of large amounts of digital graphic data or files. This includes maintenance, use and manipulation of the graphic data or files. The system is comprised of a server which can manipulate graphic files and established links to each graphic file, and a database on which the server stores the links. The server can create other formats of a particular file and allows for amendments to graphic files to be tracked.

Click HERE to visit the Right Hemisphere web-site.

Product Activation- Infringes Patent?

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Microsoft and Autodesk both deny infringing patents on 'product activation' technology.

A recent story reports that a trial in a Texas court began on Monday (Apr 10) in which Z4 Technologies Inc claims Microsoft and Autodesk appropriated its patented technology for methods of securing software to reduce unauthorized use.

Read the story at

https://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/266187_msftpatent11.html?source=rss

Patents - Useful Links

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The European Patent Office provides a useful source of information related to Patents.

https://www.european-patent-office.org/index.en.php

Among other things you can access Europes network of patent databases through the esp@cenet portal

https://www.espacenet.com/

and in particular use the worldwide search engine at esp@cenet for searching patent documents.

https://ep.espacenet.com/search97cgi/s97_cgi.exe?Action=FormGen&Template=ep/EN/home.hts

Top Patent Companies - 2005

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IBM, of course, in #1 position with 2,972 patents but falling below 3,000 for the first time since 2001.

Details of the top 25, provided byIFI Patent Intelligence, a Wolters Kluwer business, are shown in a report on the Yahoo Financial News site.

IFI Patent Intelligence's 2005 Top-25 Patent Winners
1 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP 2972
2 CANON K K JP 1837
3 HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT CO L P 1801**
4 MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO LTD JP 1720
5 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD KR 1645
6 MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC 1561
7 INTEL CORP 1551
8 HITACHI LTD JP 1293
9 TOSHIBA CORP JP 1288
10 FUJITSU LTD JP 1168
11 SONY CORP JP 1149
12 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO 906
13 SEIKO EPSON CORP JP 888
14 INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG DE 804
15 KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N V NL 767
16 BOSCH, ROBERT GMBH DE 758
17 FUJI PHOTO FILM CO LTD JP 755
18 MICROSOFT CORP 746
19 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC 736
20 HONDA MOTOR CO LTD JP 730
21 SIEMENS AF DE 693
22 NEC CORP JP 673
23 SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC 654
24 DENSO CORP JP 645
25 MITSUBISHI DENKI K K JP 629

** total includes 10 patents issued to Hewlett-Packard Co

https://biz.yahoo.com//nytu098.html?.v=35

IBM Aims to Improve Patents
A follow up on this story relates to an initiative by IBM to improve the quality of patents by improving the way applications are vetted.

The initiative will also work to establish open-source software itself as prior art against patent applications. To get there, the OSDL and IBM plan to work with Novell Inc., Red Hat Inc. and VA Software Corp.'s SourceForge.net to develop a system that stores source code in an electronically searchable format. This code repository, which IBM officials said will satisfy legal requirements to qualify as prior art, would allow patent examiners and the public to use open-source code to ensure that patents are issued only for new software inventions, according to the IBM statement.

https://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1909553,00.asp