Secure Sensor Innovative Design Ltd

Expertise in patenting abstract subject matter secures vital maths-based technology for care industry

Secure Sensor Innovative Design (SSID) develops innovative monitoring solutions aimed at keeping people safe in their homes. One such solution addresses the problem of monitoring residents in supported living environments. It removes the need for expensive and unreliable wearable devices while providing the functionality to enable fall events to be accurately detected. This is all without compromising the privacy of the individual in question.

Case Study

Case Type

Mathematical patent application

Action

Navigating patentability exclusions

Outcome

Secured licensing income

Dr Terence Broderick

By Dr Terence Broderick

Senior Patent Attorney

Issue:

SSID’s technology applies imaging techniques and mathematical principles to provide a solution that accurately determines when an individual in a monitored area has fallen over, without the need for invasive surveillance.

SSID needed to protect its new technology but was mindful of the complexities of protecting technology of this type with patents — any subject matter considered to be ‘abstract’ in nature can be excluded from patentability.

Action:

Our attorney Terence Broderick, a specialist in patenting technologies like this, advised SSID on the importance of ensuring that the application of mathematics to the solution of a technical problem is clearly described. This mitigates against the possibility of the patent office objecting to the invention as abstract.

With this in mind, SSID provided an invention disclosure that clearly linked its monitoring solution to the mathematical principles that enable the solution to be implemented. This meant that we could draft a patent specification that focused on the key features of the monitoring solution and provided SSID with a good chance of demonstrating a tangible link with the application of mathematics.

Outcome:

Filing the patent application has enabled SSID to start commercialising its monitoring solution within the care industry and through third parties that wish to exploit the invention.

This is because a filed patent application provides security for negotiations to begin without prejudicing the patentability of the invention. SSID was therefore able to disclose its invention in discussions to generate licensing revenue.

The proliferation of this technology will greatly assist the care industry, which is actively seeking a solution to the problem of unreliable wearable technologies when monitoring the wellbeing of an individual in a monitored area.

Need help protecting mathematics-based technologies?

Get in touch with Terence at tsb@udl.co.uk.

029 2064 2150

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