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Barney Dixon reports Patent Profile Time to don the vape Apple eyes up the e-cigarette business, IHI Aerospace tries to clean up space, Purdue invents a kinetic charging device and the US Navy is full of helium-3 Apple Apple has an eye on the e-cigarette market with a patent for vaping technology. Its US patent (0023235) describes a chamber body, to receive a substance or liquid to be vaporised using a heater. In a typical vaporiser, the substance is placed into a canister that is heated to a sufficiently high temperature, which causes the substance to sublimate if it is a solid or vaporise if it is a liquid. Apple’s invention expands on this, providing a plate, which rests on the substance inside the chamber body for temperature regulation. The plate then slides downward as the substance is sublimated or vaporised. While only a sign of rights secured, don’t be surprised if you see an iVape hit the shelves at some point in the future, given that the global vape market is expected to be worth $32.11 billion by 2021. Amazon As part a long line of delivery and shipping patents, Amazon has now patented a robot for use in packing items, ready to be shipped. The US patent (0021499) describes robotic arms that may be utilised to “grasp inventory items within an inventory system”. According to Amazon, information about the item will be detected before it is grasped and used to determine a “grasping strategy”. As inventory systems grow, “the challenges of simultaneously completing a large number of packing, storing, and other inventory-related tasks become non-trivial”. “In inventory systems tasked with responding to large numbers of diverse inventory requests, inefficient utilisation of system resources, including space, equipment, and manpower, can result in lower throughput, unacceptably long response times, an ever-increasing backlog of unfinished tasks, and, in general, poor system performance. As a result, the cost of incremental changes to capacity or functionality may be prohibitively expensive, limiting the ability of the system to accommodate fluctuations in system throughput.” Amazon aims to account for these fluctuations with these intelligent robot arms that can adjust on a whim. IHI Aerospace IHI Aerospace has patented a new device designed to remove space debris from disused satellites orbiting the Earth. The US patent (9463884) also covers a method to enable easy installation of a deceleration device to slow space debris undergoing a tumbling motion. As well as this deceleration device, the space debris killer will have a propulsion device for altitude and acceleration control, a capture device with a harpoon and an observation device. Purdue Research Foundation Purdue Research Foundation recently patented technology that could have far reaching implications for the future of portable power. The US patent (0276914) covers a kinetic energy to electrical energy converter. The converter would comprise of one magnetically levitating centre magnet, magnetically influenced by a fixed magnet, as well as a coil, where movement will generate an electrical current. With a converter like this, ambient energy from human motion could be used to implement effective energy harvesting in low power wireless devices, effectively allowing you to keep going and going and going, and so on and so forth. US Navy Preparing an end to the nuclear threat, the US Navy has patented a helium-3 gas counter aimed at reducing the usage of helium-3 for detecting and monitoring the movement of special nuclear materials. The US patent (0216399) covers a gas counter, comprising of polyethylene slabs, a rectangular gas tube and a mixture of helium-3 and xenon. Engineering innovations and improvements to the design of existing helium-3 gas counters covered by the patent will significantly reduce the quantity of helium-3 used. This is to address problems for demand for Helium-3, while its availability decreases. “The development of efficient and cost-effective neutron detectors is a critical need for non-proliferation verification applications, including the detection of special nuclear materials and efforts to monitor their movement. This invention can immediately reduce the rate of consumption of helium-3 gas by implementing innovative changes in the fundamental design of existing, conventional helium-3 proportional counters.” Have a patent grant we should cover? Let us know via: 10

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