Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of March 12 » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 12 for patents out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • Futurewei Technologies’ foldable mobile device • IBM’s cognitive geofencing • Lockheed Martin’s aircraft laser detector • Uniloc’s pedestrian traffic monitoring and analysis Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).  Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 10 Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 9 SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 3 SanDisk Technologies (Plano) 3 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 3 Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 2 SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 189 daysMethod and system for optimizing a speed of at least one of a variable s...

Noncompliance Kneecaps New Zealand’s Gun Control Scheme

Once again, responding to a horrendous crime by inflicting knee-jerk, authoritarian restrictions on innocent people proves to be an ineffective means of convincing people to obey. Specifically, New Zealand’s government—which also stepped up censorship and domestic surveillance after bloody attacks on two Christchurch mosques earlier this year—is running into stiff resistance to new gun rules from firearms owners who are slow to surrender now-prohibited weapons and will probably never turn them in. “Police are anticipating a number of people with banned firearms in their possession won’t surrender them,” Stuff reported at the end of May, based on internal government documents. As of last week, only around 700 weapons had been turned over. There are an estimated 1.5 million guns—with an unknown number subject to the new prohibition on semiautomatic firearms—in the country overall. Traditionally relaxed in its approach to firearms regulation, and enjoying a low crime rate, New Zealand has no firearms registration rule. That means authorities have no easy way of knowing what guns are in circulation or who owns them. “These weapons are unlikely to be con...