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“Are We There Yet?” Navigation Game (MCD International): Two U.S. Patents and Trademark Application

This portfolio answers the questions that children ask on long trips by creating an electronic children’s game that uses navigation technology to track the trip for the children as it progresses: How far they have gone, how far they have to go, the route they have taken, the route they will take, and how long it will take to get there. It keeps the kids involved, and teaches them some geography and practical math in the process! One patent is for an electronic game, while the second covers an app version of the game that can be played on a smartphone or other device.

U.S. Patent Nos. 8,160,813 and 8,860,588 for a "Travel Toy that Illustrates Time on a Trip" also come with a Trademark Application for "Are We There Yet?" for an electronic game. The company that acquires this portfolio will be able to offer an entirely new product that creates a new product category. Are We There Yet? will not simply be an enormously profitable product by itself – it will also create an entire generation of customers for that company’s navigation products when the children who use and enjoy the back-seat product grow up and go shopping for a front-seat navigation product!

Plug-and-Play Fluorescent-to-LED (Lumingreen): International Patent Portfolio

There are billions of mercury-containing fluorescent light bulbs in use today that will be replaced with LED lighting over the next few years. But replacing an eco-unfriendly fluorescent bulb with a clean, eco-friendly, energy-efficient LED bulb is not that easy. The ballast has to be replaced and re-wired, and that means time and money.

This international portfolio addresses that issue head-on with a lighting power module that fits all types of ballasts and line voltages, and will work with both UL® Type A and B mode. It enables users to replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes without any re-wiring, and it will work with – or without – a ballast! The problem of trying to out swap out conventional fluorescent tubes with LEDs – only to find they are not compatible – is resolved. Having to re-wire the lighting fixture to bypass the ballast is also no longer an issue. This portfolio creates what is literally plug-and-play fluorescent-to-LED conversion! Ease of installation is illustrated in this video.

T5 and T8 LED tubes based on this portfolio are already being manufactured and sold in Taiwan, so the technology is proven and production units are available for the acquirer of this portfolio, dramatically reducing engineering and design costs. The patentee is retaining the Taiwan Patent, and offering the rest of the portfolio for acquisition. It includes:

This portfolio provides patent protection on three continents, and would be a strategic acquisition for any multinational lighting OEM.

UL is a registered trademark of UL LLC.

Combination Voice-Activated LED + Smoke/CO/Gas Detector + Visual/Audible Alarm + Intercom (Athena): Four U.S. Patents

There was a time when cell phones just made phone calls. Today they are smart phones, and they take pictures and video, access your email, schedule your events, provide driving directions and help you find the best chili in town. What happened to cell phones is about to happen to light bulbs and light fixtures. Since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 140 years ago, the only major improvement has been the replacement of incandescent filament bulbs with LED fixtures. The next major advancement is here.

This intriguing patent portfolio converts an LED lamp into a combination lamp-and-smoke/CO/gas detector. No tools needed. Just screw it in. This portfolio enables each combo LED and smoke/CO/gas detector to communicate with each other and flash color-coded signals that guide residents to safety in the event of a fire or other emergency. They also broadcast warning messages, they are voice-activated, and they can be used to create an intercom system. These super-combo units can be used to supplement conventional smoke/CO/gas alarms, quickly install a smoke/CO/gas alarm where one is needed, or be used in place of conventional smoke/CO/gas alarms or be integrated into a Smart Home/Office network. They run off rechargeable batteries so they work during power outages, and they can be configured to communicate with residents during an emergency.

Branded “LampLife Detector™” by the inventors, the products covered by this portfolio will forever change the lighting products, smoke/CO/gas alarm, and Smart Home/Smart Office industries! Applications include not just the replacement of current light bulbs with these multi-functional super-combo bulbs, the technology can also be incorporated into the next generation of residential and commercial renovations and all new construction to replace the unattractive conventional smoke/CO alarms with attractive lighting fixtures that perform multiple functions.

Patent No. Title
9,747,763 Networked audible and visual alarm apparatus and method of synchronized alerting
10,028,357 LED light bulb, lamp fixture with self-networking intercom, system and method therefore
10,176,805 Networked audible and visual alarm light system and method with voice command control and base station having alarm for smoke, carbon monoxide and gas
10,262,525 Networked audible and visual alarm apparatus for synchronized alerting with a base station and electronic coding for each alarm

This portfolio will give any LED bulb manufacturer, or smoke/CO alarm manufacturer, or Smart Home/Smart Office equipment manufacturer or systems integrator the opportunity to leapfrog all of its competitors and offer what will unquestionably be the next generation of LED lamps, smoke/CO/gas detectors and Smart Home/Smart Office safety components!

LampLife Detector is trademark of Athena Patent Development LLC.

Next Generation Coaxial Loudspeakers (Novinex): International Patent Portfolio

The “Magnexial” technology covered by this portfolio uses a perpendicular magnet arrangement to yield larger air-gap induction in a loudspeaker. The result is clearly superior acoustics in three important dynamics:

The magic behind Magnexial technology is perpendicular magnetic polarization and the arrangement of the speaker’s components. In current-generation coaxial loudspeakers, the arrangement of the magnets, ferrite cores and voice coils determine the strength of the magnetic field in the air gaps where voice coils move, a key factor that determines the characteristics of the loudspeaker. Magnexial technology arranges the inner-ring and outer-ring magnets perpendicular so there is north-and-south-pole magnetic polarization. The result of this critical design change is that the magnetic field within the air gaps – this is where voice coils move – is much stronger, producing higher performance and better sound quality. Additionally, the Magnexial placement of magnets can be used to reduce the size of the speaker, reducing raw material costs.

Patent Portfolio

U.S. Patent No. 9,538,290: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
European Patent 2896218: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
Japanese Patent 6242398: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
Chinese Patent 104782143: Coaxial speaker construction
Hungarian Patent 230260: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
Korean Patent Application 20150056822: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
Canadian Patent Application 2885171: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement
PCT Patent Application 2014045070: Coaxial loudspeaker arrangement

This portfolio would be a critical acquisition for any global supplier of sound equipment, giving the acquirer of this portfolio the next generation of loudspeakers with patent protection on three continents!

Integrated Wireless Headset for Electronic Devices (Beal): U.S. Patent No. 9,467,763

Remember when you had both a cell phone AND a camera? The two technologies have merged. Today, smart phones take both still images and videos. You can also use them to surf the web, link you to friends and family, keep your appointments, provide driving directions, and serve as your ticket when you go to the movies. Oh, and they also send and receive phone calls!

Merging several devices into one smarter device is what technology is all about today, and that is what the integrated headset covered by this patent does. It eliminates the need for a separate charger for your headset, saving you time, space, money and aggravation. This patent creates a headset that charges as the device to which it is attached is also charging. That saves time. It eliminates the need for two chargers – one for the device and a second for the headset – and that saves money. The headset can easily be stored with the device. That saves space. And since the headset is small enough that it can be stored with the device, the likelihood that it will get lost is greatly reduced. That can save a ton of aggravation! The technology covers both mono and stereo sound delivery, and the headset connects to virtually any device. You can use the same headset to listen to your iPod, smartphone, PDA, PC, desktop, car radio, home entertainment system, you name it. It also connects to the smart and sport watches coming onto the market, and it will connect to whatever technology comes next!

U.S. Patent No. 9,467,763 for an "Integrated Wireless Headset for Electronic Devices" would be a critical acquisition for any company in the audio or consumer electronics sector that is ready to create – and own with patent protection – a totally new market segment!

Obtaining Information about Overhead Aircraft (Wessels): U.S. Patent No. 8,599,066

We spot airplanes in the sky every day. Many people wonder if the aircraft is military, commercial or personal, as well as where it is going. This patent covers technology that creates a device that airplane aficionados can use to answer those and other questions about an aircraft they spot in the sky and that piques their curiosity. The system created by this patent creates a communication device that determines the estimated location of the aircraft, a flight database that includes data about a specified aircraft based on a provided location, and a network that enables communication between the handheld device and the flight database. The communication device provides the estimated location of the sighted aircraft to the flight database, and the flight database provides information on the sighted aircraft back to the communication device – similarly to how navigation devices communicate road and traffic data back and forth between the user device and the GPS database.

U.S. Patent No. 8,599,066 for a "System, method, and apparatus for obtaining information of a visually acquired aircraft in flight" would be a significant acquisition for any consumer electronics or navigation device manufacturer that is prepared to create and own a new product segment – an aircraft information device for airplane junkies!

Laser Pick-Up of a Stringed Instrument (Wessels): U.S. Patent No. 8,431,814

Since Thomas Edison invented sound recording over 100 years ago, there has been an ongoing challenge: Recording JUST the music and NOT any of the background noise. This patent addresses that challenge by using a laser beam and a photodetector that converts the detected light into electrical signals. The laser beam is deflected off the strings of the guitar, violin or other stringed instrument, and the photodetector sends electric signals that provide sound to an amplifier! No microphone is used, so there is NO background noise. Also NO echos, NO interference, NO air conditioning fan, NO distortion. Just the music being generated by the strings of the instrument is picked-up and recorded!

U.S. Patent No. 8,431,814 for a "Laser pick-up for a stringed musical instrument" covers the most significant advancement in music technology since multitrack recording! The company that acquires this patent will be able to offer next-generation recording of guitar, violin and other stringed instruments that will be far superior to any microphone-generated recordings!

Video Display Viewing Angle Correction (Flex Creations): U.S. Patent No. 8,854,553

The image a person sees on a large-screen television or computer monitor is best if that person is sitting directly in front of the screen. Even the newer, curved screens create a distorted image for those who are not sitting directly in front of the screen. Being able to mount a television screen – especially HD TV – so that everyone in the room has an optimal view is either very difficult or just not an option. With 3D and 4D screens, the viewer must be directly in front of the screen to enjoy the dynamic picture quality. Until now, the only option was to mount the TV screen on a bracket that would put it at the optimal angle for viewing.

The technology covered by this patent addresses that issue, using software to adjust the angle of the image on the screen to where the viewer or viewers are sitting. And the adjustment is made totally through software, so no hardware modifications need to be made! U.S. Patent No. 8,854,553 for "Video Display Correction to Provide On-Axis View at an Off-Axis Angle" will enable its acquirer to leapfrog the technology of all of its competitors and offer a next-generation viewing experience! This patent would be a critical IP asset for any television OEM.

Radon Filtration and Removal (Air Products): U.S. Patent No. 7,381,244

Radon is a colorless, ordorless and deadly gas that occurs naturally throughout the U.S., the result of the normal breakdown of Uranium. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. There are two ways to get rid of Radon: Exhaust it to the outside of the building, or filter it out of the air. Any home or business with air conditioning has a closed system. The same air is circulated and re-circulated continually throughout the building. The invention covered by this patent prescribes a solution that uses an adsorbent, silver-exchanged zeolite, that when put in contact with Radon, extracts it from the air.

U.S. Patent No. 7,381,244 for an "Apparatus and Process for Air Cleaning" – with 21 Claims and 13 Forward Citations – is a particularly robust property. It would be an excellent acquisition for any business that manufactures air purification and filtering systems, as well as for any HVAC equipment manufacturer that wants to add Radon removal as a competitive advantage for its products.

Rechargeable, Secondary Lithium Battery Pack (Enbloc): International Patent Portfolio, Prototypes, and Technology and Know How

This portfolio discloses a rechargeable lithium battery pack in which secondary batteries fit into the two-cell or four-cell battery compartment of an electronic device such as a camera or video game. This invention includes:

  • A secondary lithium battery pack that eliminates the need for recycling the battery pack or an external battery pack
  • A battery pack that includes lithium-ion batteries, lithium-ion polymer batteries, or lithium-iron-phosphate batteries connected in series or parallel
  • Batteries that can be used stably at a rated capacity even under low-temperature and high-drain conditions
  • Battery pack that is economical, eco-friendly, and provides a much longer life PLUS rechargeability!
  • A charging holder for lithium battery pack
  • Clip-shaped lithium rechargeable battery pack that replaces conventional batteries

Working prototypes of the products created by this invention are available, as well as all the technology and know-how the buyer of the portfolio will need to go to market immediately with a product line. This portfolio includes U.S. Patent No. 9,444,087 for an "Enbloc Clip-Type Lithium Secondary Battery Pack Capable of Fitting into Two-Cell or Four-Cell Battery Compartment of Electronic Device" as well as:

The company that acquires this portfolio will have the potential to secure a sizeable share of the rechargeable lithium-ion storage battery segment!

“DECIBEL” (EpiCrystals): International Trademark Package

The word “decibel” is an international term for the measurement of audio volume. It translates – or almost translates – into any language. In German it is “dezibel” and in French it is “décibel.” Available for acquisition are the international rights to the “Decibel” trademark. The word is trademarked in Taiwan, China and Japan, as well as Finland. It also has a European Union trademark, and it carries an International Trademark (Serial No. 831245) from WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization).

A seller or manufacturer of audio products and equipment can acquire this instantly recognizable trademark to create an incredibly valuable international brand!

Solar-Powered ReChargeable Device (Oakley): U.S. Patent and Two Continuation Applications

Imagine being able to charge your smart phone or laptop – even your car, truck, boat, ATV or motorcycle – from anywhere! At the beach, in the woods, camping or fishing, or at a construction site or other remote location that does not have conventional AC power. That problem is solved by the invention covered by this portfolio! The charging device covered by this portfolio includes a concentrator configured to collect and direct solar radiation towards a solar panel. The concentrator enhances the efficiency of the solar panels to generate optimal electric current. And…the concentrator permits the use of a much smaller solar module with greater photo-efficiency by reducing material and manufacturing costs.

This portfolio includes U.S. Patent No. 9,166,424 for a "Solar powered rechargeable device for use with an electronic device and method thereof," plus U.S. Patent Applications 14,886,551 and 15/864,130, and would be a strategic acquisition for any consumer electronics or automotive OEM, or any company serving the consumer electronics and automotive aftermarkets.

Surround Sound System (Cancilla): U.S. Patent No. 7,158,844

This patent covers a next-generation spatial acoustic sequencer and more particularly pertains to a new configurable surround sound system for the creation of true 3D acoustic spatial effects. The technology disclosed in the patent provides the following advantages:

U.S. Patent No. 7,158,844 for a ”Configurable Surround Sound System" would be a strategic acquisition for any audio equipment, consumer electronics, computer equipment, cinema products or home entreating devices manufacturer, or for businesses in the virtual reality, augmented reality, modeling, animation, or video game software business.

Portable Solar Power Supply (Hugee): Two U.S. Patents, Three Foreign Patents, and Two U.S. Patent Applications

This portfolio describes a next-generation portable, solar power supply that includes:

Patent Portfolio

U.S. Patent No. 8,665,599 Portable external power-supplying device
U.S. Patent No. 9,041,338 Portable solar power supply
U.S. Patent Application 20130134921 Portable solar power supply
U.S. Patent Application 20130176688 Portable external power-supplying device
German Patent No. 202012004323.4 Portable solar power supply
Korean Patent No. 10-1527290 Portable solar power supply
Korean Patent No. 20-0473025 Portable solar power supply

This portfolio would give a strategic competitive advantage to any power supply, cell/smart phone, or consumer or industrial electronic products manufacturer.

Next Generation User Interfaces (HonHai Precision): 10 U.S. Patents

This portfolio discloses dynamic user interfaces that provide several key advantages over current technology:

Patent No.Description
8,250,471Electronic devices and method for controlling the user interface thereof
8,302,027Graphic user interface management system and method
8,335,997Electronic device and method for sorting menu options of a program menu in the electronic device
8,433,049Communication device and communication method thereof
8,471,813Handheld electronic device and function control method thereof
8,521,791Electronic device and file management method
8,624,928System and method for magnifying a webpage in an electronic device
8,660,314Motion-controlled device and method thereof
8,837,783Motion-controlled electronic device and method therefor
8,913,038Electronic device and electronic reader device with a proximity sensing button

This portfolio would be a key acquisition for a manufacturer of mobile phones, televisions, laptop and desktop computers, tablets, gaming consoles and eBook readers.

Wearable Modular Strap (Moixa): U.S. Patent No. 7,618,260

U.S. Patent No. 7,618,260 “Wearable Modular Interface Strap" relates to supporting multiple modules that are electronically and mechanically connected to the strap. The technology covered in this patent has multiple applications:

This patent would be a key acquisition for any business currently in the fast-growing wearable electronics market, or a business seeking a foothold in that segment.

iConnect® Trademark: U.S. Trademark Registration 3538782 and EU Application Reference 3064140

This Standard Character Mark is valid in both the United States and the European Union, and is applicable to electronic devices and the next generation “connected cars.” An alliance of Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVidia are developing an Android-based platform for automobiles. Along a similar track, Apple announced Apple CarPlay that enables an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of an automobile with the Siri voice addressing aspects such as navigation, calling functions, messaging and music. Both of these new technologies are ideal applications for this trademark.

The iConnect trademark would be a significant acquisition for companies selling electronic devices or, more specifically, products and services related to automotive communications and connectivity.

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