More on Patents…
Starting today this column will be split into two sections. One section is the traditional explanation of the 10 steps of a patent application process. The second section will be an actual patent application process using a recent invention of my own. By restructuring in this way, the reader will not only learn to process his/her invention optimally, but also benefit from actually observing the real progress of an actual patentable concept through from the inception to completion.
As we discussed last week, Step II is to describe your idea in a notebook. The patentable (wishful thinking?) concept to be written up is the author’s invention to disable TWD automatically.
The author came up with this concept, which is supposed to stop TWD by disabling the cell phone’s text communication when the car is running faster than 2 mph. This section of the column is a “real time” event, and the readers will be able to watch how the patent office, starting from a provisional patent application, responds to my main application, accepts or rejects claims and ultimately grants a patent. This real time reporting of a technical patent application to the US Patent Office, I believe, has never been done in any form in any publication in the United States. In that sense alone, this is a spectacle in the world of patents. Now let the show begin!
During September and October this column discussed the insidious danger of texting while driving (TWD), which is now considered a national addictive epidemic with some 5,000 people dying on the road in the accidents caused by TWD. TWD is just one example of taking your attention away from watching the road ahead of you. Adjusting the radio, adjusting the heater or AC controls, looking at the passenger’s face while you carry on a conversation, trying to dial your cell phone, etc etc, all these activities increase probability of causing an accident. However, TWD is the most dangerous because your eyes are focused intently on the cell phone screen, which is hardly 2” x 3”. Additionally typing a short text could take as long as 30 seconds, in which period your car travels one half mile at the speed of 60 mph.
The solution to prevent TWD should only be aimed at the driver. The front passenger and rear passengers should be free to send/receive texts at will. Based on that requirement, I deduced that the front driver’s seat or the space around the driver has to be filled with some directional radiation that causes the disabling TWD. The Photo 1 shows the normal and dangerous activity of a driver doing TWD. Photo 2 shows the three-dimensional space showered with a radiation either infrared, electromagnetic or acoustic energy. As an option, radiation will have to be modulatable to carry a digital message to the cell phone if that is necessary. The driver no longer can text.
The radiation will be emitted from sources distributed throughout the ceiling of the automobile and the upper edge of the front windshield. The driver will not be able to use radiation-opaque material such as black electrical tape to cover the sources.
Cell phones then need to be modified to receive the radiation. When the cell phone receives the radiation, it disables the texting capability by use of a specially written app, which disables either keyboard or some other means. The cell phone will be enabled the moment the radiation disappears when the car’s speed becomes less than 2 mph. This arrangement will not prevent the front passenger or rear seat passengers from texting any time regardless of the car’s speed because their seats are not showered by the text-inhibiting radiation.
The above description will be submitted as a provisional patent application on October 10, 2013. Now you watch what happens.