October 7, 2019
Apple’s next health move could be smart clothing. Last year the tech giant filed a patent for a stretchable fabric band that could include circuitry sensors to measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.
The patent application, published October 3, describes a fabric-based piece of clothing that would be able to wirelessly communicate with external electronic equipment. While it...
July 24, 2019
Australian digital health company PainChek recently announced that the United States Patent Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for its pain assessment invention. This means that patent prosecution has been successfully completed.
The U.S. patent, when granted, gives PainChek exclusive rights to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the invention for 20 years from the...
May 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels.
The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...
February 4, 2019
A Google patent application published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a few more details on a predictive EHR system first highlighted by the tech company last May. The application was filed by Google in July 2017, and has not yet been granted.
As described in the application, Google’s system can aggregate and store EHRs for a diverse population, while compiling each...
October 10, 2018
Amazon and Walmart have both recently been granted patents for novel uses of biometric sensing — Amazon for an Alexa feature that would allow the device to passively detect signs of illness and recommend remedies and Walmart for a connected shopping cart handle that can detect heart rate, palm temperature, grip force, and walking speed.
Companies, especially large, over-resourced companies like...
June 11, 2018
A patent application filed by Apple, for a (possibly Bluetooth-connected) wearable blood pressure monitor, became public last week and was brought to light by The Verge.
The application is interesting for how uninteresting it is: though it's very broad, what it describes seems to be a slight tweak on the standard-of-care inflatable blood pressure cuff, built into a wearable that might be smaller...
August 14, 2017
The USPTO granted Apple a new patent last week that details ways the iPhone itself could be used as a health sensor to detect "blood pressure index, blood hydration, body fat content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data." This data could be gleaned from the front-facing camera, the ambient light sensor, the...
May 2, 2016
An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has ruled that the two Jawbone patents Fitbit was accused of infringing upon are ineligible and invalid. Judge Dee Lord went deep in her 25-page summary judgement, which among other things, invoked 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys.
As regular readers of MobiHealthNews know, the ITC conflict is part of a constellation of legal...
February 12, 2016
Updated with statement from Fitbit.
Fitbit's ongoing legal battle with Jawbone about patents has heated up recently, as Fitbit claims that certain Jawbone patents are overly broad and thus invalid. Fitbit is challenging a Jawbone patent before the US Patent and Trade Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as asking the ITC to throw out three others based on a Supreme Court precedent....