Monday, November 27, 2017

Oh, patents! Pepper

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Before concluding this chapter on the French Softbank Robotics humanoid robots with their many patented inventions for breakthrough body parts, expressive body language, and impressive skills at relating, here is Pepper's US Design patent. Pepper is one of the three humanoids embodying the Softbank Robotics patented inventions, previously presented.

Pepper's US design patent USD719620, titled Robot, was filed by Aldebaran Robotics (the former Softbank Robotics company) on Oct. 18, 2013, and awarded on Dec.16, 2014, to Vincent Clerc.

As a reminder a US design patent is different from a US utility patent in that:

“a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a "design patent" protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171)". (USPTO)
The USD719620 patent figure drawing No. 1 is included above, and the video below, posted on YouTube by Softbank Robotics Europe on June 10, 2014, shows Pepper awaking

Softbank Robotics
Softbank Robotics - Pepper

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