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Hearing Device Patents in January and February 2014

Polymer materials were the standouts in today’s round of patents.  Audiologists’ training is short on polymers so we may not fully appreciate their importance:

  •  Patent #8628831 praises polymers for their special properties such as “positional selective metallization” which can be applied to hearing aid components where “it may be desirable to combine electrical and mechanical functions in a single component, for example to make electrical circuits directly on the cover or base of a polymer-based product.
  • Patent #8609249 describes polymer applications for hearing aid device diaphragms that “require high strength flexible membranes and a venting function in order to relieve pressure buildup due to the thermal expansion of air in the device or barometric pressure changes.

While technology bounded forward, “abusive” lawsuits to capture and control intellectual property by “patent trolls” kept pace.  Efforts to quell the abuse were heard last week in the US Supreme Court where the justices weighed the difference (if any) between “meritlessness” and “objectively baseless” and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy quipped that the hearing boiled down to a “search for adjectives.”

Does Mr. Putin Owe Royalties to One of Our Former Editors?

 

Intellectual property, adjectives, and world events merged seamlessly this week in another case that has nothing to do with patents but is interesting none the less.   K. Ray Katz, hearing aid dispenser (retired) and former HearingHealthMatters editor published his 3rd book in late 2013.  It’s a well-written, lively read and I’m happy to plug it.

In a eerie case of art predicting life,  My Enemy’s Enemy describes a world power which clandestinely stirs up cultural divisiveness in a neighboring country, uses the ensuing riots as an excuse to invade the neighbor to protect fellow countrymen, and times the invasion to coincide with the Sochi Olympic games as a strategic distraction.  Does this sound familiar?  Did Mr. Putin read Ray’s book?  Should Ray sue for use/misuse of intellectual property?   Should he receive royalties on world events foretold in the book?  Is this a job for a patent troll?

Back to Patents

 

Description

Patent Number

Assignee

Filed

Issued

Closed Captioning Preferences8619192Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA).

6/21/2007

12/31/2013

Active Reduction of Electric Field Generated by a Transmit Antenna Via an Auxillary Antenna Structure8643551Motorola Mobility LLC (Libertyville, Ill)

10/21/2009

2/04/2014

Actuator Systems for Oral-Based Appliances8649535Sonitus Medical Inc (San Mateo, CA)

9/13/2012

2/11/2014

Preparation of a Polymer Article for Selective Metallization8628831Danmarks Tekniskie Universitet (Lyngby, DK)

3/28/2008

1/14/2014

Thin Wall Expandable Polymer Tubes Having Improved Axial and Radial Strength, and a Method of Manufacturing8609249Phillips Scientific Inc (Rock Hill, SC)

7/20/2011

12/17/2013

Using a Genetic Algorithm Employing an Expedited Convergence Mechanism to at Least Partially Fit a Medical Implant to a Patient Using Patient Feedback8630964Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

3/13/2013

1/14/2014
Method of Installing a Signal Processing Component in a Housing of a Hearing Apparatus and Hearing Apparatus8644541Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

8/08/2012

2/04/2014

Hearing Device8644540Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)

2/03/2010

2/04/2014

Hearing Prosthesis Having an On-Board Fitting System8625828Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

4/30/2010

1/07/2014

Vibrator for Bone Conducting Hearing Devices8620015Cochlear Limited (Macquarie University, NSW, AU)

5/20/2008

12/31/2013

Method and Device for Estimating Interference Noise, Hearing Device and Hearing Aid8634581Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

2/16/2012

 

1/21/2014

Partially Implantable Hearing Aid8625829Advanced Bionics AG (Staefa, Switzerland)

1/21/2009

1/07/2014

Hearing Aid with an Elongate Member6345828GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)

6/22/2007

1/21/2014

Hearing Aid with Wireless Battery Charging Capability8644542Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

9/08/2009

2/04/2014

Hearing Aid Having Improved RF Immunity to RF Electromagnetic Interference Produced from a Wireless Communications Device8644539BlackBerry Ltd. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

8/13/2012

2/04/2014

Hearing Aid Having Multiple Sound Inputs and Methods Therefor8649538Audiotoniq Inc. (Austin, Texas)

2/08/2011

2/11/2014

Sound Message Recording System for a Hearing Aid8634580Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

8/18/2011

1/21/2014

Method for Improving the Comprehensibility of Speech with a Hearing Aid, Together with a Hearing Aid8644538Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

4/02/2012

2/04/2014

Hearing Aid with Magnetostrictive Electroactive Sensor8649541Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

7/11/2011

2/11/2014

Hearing Aid with Improved Localization8638960GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)

1/17/2012

1/28/2014

Method for Manufacturing a Hearing Aid Having a Custom Fitted Resilient Component8638964Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

4/08/2011

1/28/2014

Hearing Aid Earpiece and a Method of Manufacturing a Hearing Aid Earpiece8625831Widex A/S (Lynge, Denmark)

12/11/2008

1/07/2014

One-Size-Fits-Most Hearing Aid8625827Etymotic Research Inc. (Elk Grove Village, Ill)

4/26/2012

1/07/2014

Method for Loudness-Based Adjustment of the Amplification of a Hearing Aid and Associated Hearing Aid8634566Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

3/29/2010

1/21/2014

Offending Frequency Suppression in Hearing Aids8630437University of Utah Research Foundation (Salt Lake City)

2/22/2011

1/14/2014

Beamforming in Hearing Aids8630431GN Resound A/S (Ballerup, Denmark)

12/22/2010

1/14/2014

Hearing Aid with Amorphous Loudspeaker Shielding8649542Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

3/28/2011

2/11/2014

Method to Reduce Feedback in Hearing Aids8638962Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)

11/23/2009

1/28/2014

Method and Apparatus for Using Haptics for Fitting Hearing Aids8649524Starkey Laboratories Inc. (Eden Prairie, Minn)

8/13/2009

2/11/2014

Method of Automatically Fitting Hearing Aid8634567Yoon Joo Shim (Seoul, South Korea)

11/08/2010

1/21/2014

System for Remotely Obtaining Audiometric Measurements and Adjusting Hearing Aids Via the Internet8654986Jose Benito Cabellero Catoira (Coruna, Spain)

10/24/2008

2/18/2014

Hearing Aid Apparatus8654998Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

6/16/2010

2/18/2014

In-the-Canal Hearing Aid Using Two Microphones

8655001Advanced Bionics AG (Zug, Switzerland)

2/05/2010

2/18/2014

System and Method of Progressive Hearing Device Adjustment8654999Audiotoniq Inc. (Austin, Texas)

4/12/2011

2/18/2014

Hearing Aid Having a Behind the Ear Component8660283Oticon A/S (Smorum, Denmark)

3/13/2012

2/25/2014

Amplification Circuit and Hearing Aid8660282Etymotic Research Inc. (Elk Grove Village, Ill)

3/12/2012

2/25/2014

Hearing Aid8660284Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan)

1/05/2012

2/25/2014

Instrument for Detecting and Alerting during an Emergency Situation8659416Victor M Higgins (Ovid, Mich)

1/14/2011

2/25/2014

 editor’s note:  The Patent Series is updated every two months.  Click links for patents approved in Jan/Feb 2014Nov/Dec 2013September/October 2013Jul/Aug 2013May/Jun 2013Mar/Apr 2013Jan/Feb 2013Nov/Dec 2012

title photo courtesy of University of South Carolina



About Holly Hosford-Dunn

Holly Hosford-Dunn, PhD, graduated with a BA and MA in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State, completed a PhD in Hearing Sciences at Stanford, and did post-docs at Max Planck Institute (Germany) and Eaton-Peabody Auditory Physiology Lab (Boston). Post-education, she directed the Stanford University Audiology Clinic; developed multi-office private practices in Arizona; authored/edited numerous text books, chapters, journals, and articles; and taught Marketing, Practice Management, Hearing Science, Auditory Electrophysiology, and Amplification in a variety of academic settings.