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A design patent protects the appearance of a physical or virtual object. We have obtained dozens of them for our clients.
We draft and prosecute patent applications for clients in Detroit and around the world. Our specialties are electronics, mechanical, software and optics.
We help discover inventions. We work directly with engineering teams to understand what they have invented – before they know it.
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Axel founded Smartpat in 2007. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. Axel came to Detroit in 2000 for General Motors, and never left. He has been a registered US patent agent since 2006. He has prosecuted patent applications in many different technology areas and is an expert in automotive electronics, infotainment systems, and autonomous vehicles.
Joseph has been working off counsel with Smartpat since 2016. He is a registered patent agent, fluent in English, German, French and Spanish. Joseph holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Arts, Loyola University of Chicago.
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We write about autonomous vehicle patents and other interesting topics.
We recently looked through dozens of design patents that entered the US under the Hague system and went either abandoned or were allowed after amendment. Based on what we have found we prepared a Practice-Tip: US Design Patent Prosecution. The practice tips highlights five common issues that lead to the rejection of a design patent application […]
On May 13th, 2015, the USPTO began accepting Design Patent Applications filed by foreign applicants under the Hague Agreement. WIPO promises four advantages of using the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs: Simplicity and economy. The system was to enable design owners to obtain protection for their designs with a minimum of formalities and […]
US patent application 20170285585 published today. The title of the application sounds promising: “TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESOLVING MORAL CONFLICTS DURING AUTONOMOUS OPERATION OF A MACHINE”. And the introduction is even more promising. It explains that compute systems (such as those used in autonomous cars) can experience a moral conflict for which the hard-coded rules do […]
Bosch is presenting an interesting concept in US patent application publication 20170253114 which published earlier this week. In essence, the Bosch engineers are concerned with the relatively large mass of the battery in an electric vehicle. Which makes sense: The kinetic energy of an object is directly proportional to its mass. So if 30% of an […]
Reading patent applications related to autonomous vehicles reveals interesting differences in thinking. On the one hand are the Silicon Valley players which at times seem to reinvent what the car manufacturers and their tier 1 suppliers have already invented years ago. And on the other hand the traditional OEMs are solving problems that the newcomers […]
Uber is seeking to patent a planar Lidar sensor – with a very broad claim: “A planar-beam, light detection and ranging (PLADAR) system, the PLADAR system comprising: a laser scanner emitting a planar-beam; and a detector array to detect reflected light from the planar beam.” The basic concept is based on a recognition that using […]
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