IP Industry Roundup: Week of May 2, 2019

Singapore Pushes for AI Innovation

Singapore is seeking to boost innovation and become a leader in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) through a new fast-track patent program. The new fast-track will process applications relating to AI in as little as 6 months, much faster than the standard application process that takes two to four years. Unlike other fast-track programs, such as the one in the United States, applicants will not be required to pay an additional fee to apply.

In doing so, Singapore intends to see more companies filing first patents there and using the small country as a staging area for filing in larger regions. The country is pushing hard for AI research internally, even demanding that all government ministries invest in developing AI solutions.

The Milkshake Shakeup

Self-serve milkshake stands are growing in popularity across the United States, which means that more and more companies want to get in on the business. f’real Foods LLC has taken over the market with their mixers, and is trying to freeze out their competitor, Hamilton Beach, through a patent infringement case. The claim is that Hamilton Beach is using f’real’s patented mixer technology. Hamilton’s defense is that the two devices are completely different in that their product does not add liquid to the mix while f’real’s does.

With Spring here and Summer not far off, we are all curious about the future of convenient milkshakes.

New Patent Could Detect Early Alzheimers

The University of Maine has been issued a patent for a new medical device that can drastically change sleep studies. This new device will allow patients to simply slip a fitted sheet over their mattress and sensors will be able to scan their sleep patterns and potentially detect brain damage and early alzheimers. This can be done at home, with no need to sleep in an uncomfortable sleep clinic.

The under-sheet scanning technology is already being licensed to Activas Diagnostics, a company founded by researchers from the University of Maine.

Accidental Invention Detects Ozone Levels

A NASA researcher setting out to lower methane levels in the environment has instead discovered a device for detecting ambient ozone layers. Tom Hanisco was developing an instrument that could detect hydroxyl, a chemical that can purify methane, but an air leak during experiments caused the device to instead register ozone. He followed this accidental discovery, which led to the development of the Rapid Ozone Experiment (ROZE). ROZE detects ozone levels at a precision far exceeding commercially available devices, creating quite the stir.

Photograph of US Representative Ilhan Omar Stirs Up Trouble

A photographer is claiming copyright infringement after a pro-Israel group used one of his photographs in an advertisement. The advertisement called out freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar for statements many would deem anti-Semitic. The advertisement, used in the Washington Post contained a picture of the congresswoman taken by photographer Jason Grown.

Jason Grow took the photograph in January 2019 as part of a series focusing on new women in congress. He is demanding that the advocacy group pay for copyright infringement by May 8 or he will sue. The advocacy group claims that their usage was within Facebook’s standards, which brings up larger questions regarding copyright and social media.


After what many would call a failed launch for their foldable smartphones, Samsung is reportedly experimenting on wraparound displays as a potential upgrade to smartphones.

Apple has a patent for a new fingerprint reader that might be able to open a device anywhere on the screen.

Peloton, the exercise equipment company being sued by major music publishers, has fired back stating that they were indeed licensed and has made antitrust allegations against them.

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