Last month, American Technology and Intellectual Property Law (ATIP), a Nevada law firm specializing in technology, innovation, and intellectual property reported that 25 drone related patents were granted and 22 patent applications were published. ATIP produces a monthly index (see chart below) which details the patents and patent applications “that appear to be substantially related to and intended for use with drones”.
Surprisingly, the growth in patents and patent applications in the drone space has been relatively flat for the last for the last couple of years. These patents extend beyond the UAV space to include Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. Here are ten of the patents granted in April (see them all here):
Drone Patents Granted
These are the patents that were granted.
1 8712624 Positioning vehicles to improve quality of observations at intersections
2 8712623 Control apparatus for autonomous operating vehicle
3 8711030 Single-pass Barankin Estimation of scatterer height from SAR data
4 8711009 Ice data collection system
5 8708285 Micro-unmanned aerial vehicle deployment system
6 8708274 Transverse mounted gas turbine engine
7 8706394 Control and systems for autonomously driven vehicles
8 8706342 User interface for displaying internal state of autonomous driving system
9 8705314 Method for deployment of ocean bottom seismometers
10 8701584 Unmanned underwater vehicle and method for operating an unmanned underwater vehicle