A look back at some recent hi-tech patents

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2022 | Patents |

The process of patenting an invention in New York takes a substantial amount of work – and for a good reason. There are many obstacles to ensuring that only novel inventions make it through and prevent a backlog of redundant or unnecessary patents.

The year 2020 year was a busy year for patents, with a total of 374,000 granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is a significant jump from the 182,218 patents granted in 2000. These are some of the most notable technological and other innovations newly patented:

Low-Power Artificial Synaptic Element with Intrinsic Spiking Behavior

This groundbreaking technological innovation provides a new way of dynamically reconfiguring superconducting based on Nobel Prize-winning proofs Josephson junctions. The invention uses spiking behavior to create magnetic barriers, just as the human brain uses synaptic weight to channel neurons and learn. Here it applies to artificial intelligence, turning computers into learning machines. These spiking pulses can also change the clusters, making the junctions reconfigurable. This breakthrough is more energy-efficient than any neuromorphic hardware currently used and allows AI hardware to address more complex data systems.

Superconformal Nickel Deposition for Hole Filling

This is a new method of depositing metal fillings. It’s commonly used to fill up pinholes found in steam boilers’ metal tubing. It prevents air pockets – also known as seams – from forming between the metal being deposited and the structure itself, which are detrimental to the proper functioning of the equipment.

Real-Time, Quantitative Measurements of Cell Migration and Invasion

This patented innovation in biochemical science is a multifluid platform that uses microfabricated electronic components built on both sides of porous membranes to produce the electronic signals, which display cells migrating (or aggressively invading) from one side of the membrane to the other. It generates quantitative measurements in real-time, avoiding the arduous process of counting cells to analyze cellular data.

It doesn’t end with the breakthrough

Each new patent ideally improves peoples’ lives or somehow makes societal advances. While innovators overcome countless challenges, there are also obstacles to obtaining an official patent. It’s doubtlessly a struggle worth fighting for when you hit upon a game-changing creation.

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