Sunday, December 27, 2020

"One way to see the future? Track corporate patents"

 A topic near and dear to our flinty hearts.

From The Hustle, December 23:

Check out the latest corporate patents from Facebook, Google, and Spotify. 

Trends member Neer Sharma has been rounding up the best corporate patents every week for his must-read newsletter Patent Drop.

Here are some of Sharma’s recent findings, with the first 2 patents exclusive for readers of The Hustle:

Facebook’s animatronic eye

A realistic mechanical eye that can either track the eye movements of a user, or be trained on a real human’s eye movements so as to look realistic.

Why? It looks like it might be used as a way to train, measure, and track the quality of the eye-tracking systems within VR headsets.

(P.S. Not legal advice, but if Zuck-sauce doesn’t want FB painted in a negative light, he should probably consider less ominous-looking patents.)

Google’s crossword generator

Google already knows everything about us, so obviously it has a patent for a crossword generator that can be tailored specifically to users’ interests. 

For example, if you’re interested in politics, Google could generate a crossword that helps you test how well you understand what’s going on in the world at the moment.

(In semi-related news: The New York Times launched an AR-enabled crossword puzzle for Instagram)....


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"Very Creepy Google and Amazon Patents (AMZN; GOOG)".
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Great. Apparently Uber has decided the thing to do is become a patent troll.
In the dating app space.

"Winners And Losers In The Patent Wars Between Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft"
"The Razors-and-Blades Myth(s)"
The hell you say.
Silicon Valley woes create buyers' market for ideas
"Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm" (NVDA)

"Being a Patent Troll Now Patented" and "Nathan Myhrvold's Cunning Plan to Prevent 3-D Printer Piracy"
Patent Power 2015: Who Has The Most Valuable Patent Portfolios
"IBM Files Application to Patent The Patent Process"
World's Largest Patent Troll, Intellectual Ventures, Buys Patent AmEx Donated For Public Good... And Starts Suing 

"Technoscience Rent: Toward a Theory of Rentiership for Technoscientific Capitalism"

And many, many more. Use the 'search blog' box, upper left, if interested.