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The capability to use noise cancellation systems during conventional telephone calls is well-known. However, most of the existing systems for noise cancellation are not designed to work with multiple audio resources (i.e., multiple audioinputs/microphones), such as are present in a telepresence environment/room.
In a telepresence-based environment, every audio input device (i.e., microphone) is treated equally for listening to audio. In the end, the audio signal is not solely focused on the people who are talking, and any other inputs from otheraudio input devices are not removed prior to audio communication.
In order to prevent unwanted noises in the telepresence space the participants have to mute and unmute their microphones frequently. Moreover, due in part to the frequent switching of mute state to unmute state, and vice versa, participants will frequently start talking and not recognize that the microphone is in a mute state. In these instances the person who is not involved in the communicationis responsible for notifying the participant.
Therefore, it is important to design strategies, techniques and computer program products and other equipment that are able to be able to discern with precision the audio input devices that generate noise and which ones are the cause of humanspeech to allow accommodations to remove the background noise prior to audio communication. Also, it is necessary to control the volume of audio input devices to know which audio sources are generating noise and which ones are the primary source for human speech. An individual must be aware immediately if their audio input device detects human speech.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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A patent is granted by the government to protect the invention. The patent grants the inventor the exclusive rights to develop, use and market the idea. Society gains when new technologies are brought to the market. The benefits may be the direct sense, since it can allow individuals to achieve previously unattainable things. Or indirectly, due to the opportunities for economic growth (business growth and job opportunities) that innovation provides.
Patent protection is demanded by a variety of pharmaceutical companies and university researchers for their research and development. Patents can be granted for a product, process, or method of creating new materials. In order to be granted protection under a patent the invention must be novel, useful and not apparent to other people in the same subject.
Patents give inventors a chance to be recognized for commercially successful inventions. They act as a motivator for inventors to create. Small companies and inventors can rest assured that they will get an income from the investment they make in technology development via patents. They can earn a living from their work.
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Patent-protected technology revenues that are commercially viable can be used to finance research and development (R&D) that can increase the chance for better technology in the future.
Intellectual property ownership can be used to convince lenders and investors that there are legitimate opportunities to commercialize your product. A powerful patent can lead to many financing opportunities. You can use patents and other IP assets as collateral or security financing. You can also show investors the patents you own to increase the value of your business. Forbes and other publications have stated that each patent can increase the value of a company by anything from $500,000 to $1 Million.
A properly-constructed business plan is vital for start-ups. It should be founded on IP and explain what your service or product is distinctive. Investors will also be amazed if your IP rights are secure or in the process to becoming secure, and if they support your business plan.
It is important to keep your invention private until you apply for patent protection. Public divulging an invention could often damage its novelty and invalidate it. The filing of disclosures prior to filing, for example, for investors, test-marketing, or other business partners, is best done after signing a confidentiality contract.
There are a variety of patents and knowing them is essential to protecting your invention. Patents for utility cover methods and inventions made by machines. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the most effective as they protect the owner from copycats as well as other competition. Utility patents are often granted to enhance or modify existing inventions. Utility patents also cover enhancements and modifications in existing inventions. A process patent could be a way to describe the actions or methods to perform a specific action. However, a chemical composition would include the combination of ingredients.
What is the length of time a patent will last? Utility patents last 20 years after the earliest filing dates, but their expirations are able to be extended due to delays in the patent office, for example.
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How to Search for Patents
The first step in getting the patent you want is to do the patent search. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. After the patent application has been submitted, the product that is covered by the application can be referred to as patent-pending and you will be able to locate the patent application online on the public pair. When the patent office approves the application, you can perform a patent search to find the patent issued and your product will now be patented. In addition to the USPTO search engine, you may also use other search engines, such as espacenet, as detailed below. Patent lawyers or a patent attorney can assist you with the procedure. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office, also known as the United States patent office and trademark office. The office also examines trademark applications.
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1. Create a list of terms to describe your invention based on the purpose, composition and use.
Write down a brief, but precise description of the invention. Be sure to avoid using terms that are generic such as “device,” “process,” and “system.” Think about synonyms for the terms you initially chose. Then, take note of important technical terms and keywords.
Use the questions below to help you find key words or concepts.
- What is the purpose of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a way of creating something , or fulfilling a purpose? Is it a product or procedure?
- What is the composition of the invention? What is the physical structure of the invention?
- What’s the purpose of this invention?
- What are the technical terms and keywords that describe the nature of an invention? To help you find the right terms, refer to an online dictionary of technical terms.
2. These terms will enable you to search for pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications using the Classification Search Tool. To determine the most suitable classification to your invention, go through the resulting classification’s class Schemes (class schedules). Think about substituting the words that you’re using to describe your invention if you do not find any results in your Classification Text Search with synonyms like the ones you used in the first step.
3. Examine the CPC Classification Definition to verify the accuracy of the CPC classification you’ve found. If the selected classification title is a blue box that has a “D” at its left, the hyperlink will take you to a CPC classification’s description. CPC classification definitions will aid you in determining the classification’s scope , so you can pick the one that is the one that is most appropriate. These definitions may also include search tips or other suggestions that could be helpful for further study.
4. Retrieve patent documents with the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. By focusing on the abstracts and representative drawings you can narrow your search for the relevant patent documents.
5. This list of patent publications is the best to look at for any similarity to your invention. Be sure to read the specification and claims. Consult the applicant and patent examiner for any additional patents.
6. Retrieve published patent applications with the CPC classification you selected in Step 3 in the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. You can apply the same search strategy as Step 4, narrowing your search results to the most relevant patent applications by looking at the abstract as well as the illustrations on every page. After that, take a close look at the patent applications that have been published with particular attention paid to the claims and the additional drawings.
7. Locate other US patents by keyword searching in PatFT or AppFT databases, classification searching of non-U.S. patents according to below, and searching non-patent literature disclosures of inventions using web search engines. Here are a few examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
- Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
- European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet to access a network of Europe’s patent databases with access to machine translation of European patents.
- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.