Patent: Vivint ‘Door Knock’ Tech Might Help Identify Guests by Unique Sound Signatures

By Julie Jacobson · April 20, 2017 • Security and home-automation giant Vivint Inc. files patent application for identifying guests through their “sound signatures” and running data through AI engine for predictive analytics. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Vivint Smart Home Patent App: Door Locks, Keypads Project Video Display onto Surface

By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016 • Instead of unsightly keypads on door locks and security panels, Vivint proposes a method for projecting a laser image of controls and feedback onto a wall, door or other surface. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Patent Application: Is Lutron Reinventing X10?

By Julie Jacobson · October 6, 2016 • Lutron’s patent application describes lighting control and home automation over existing powerlines, no neutral wire required. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Control4 Files Patent Application for Secure Remote Access to Home Automation Systems

By Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2016 • Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) went to a cloud-based model for network configuration and remote access to home automation systems a couple of years ago; now it has filed a patent application for the technology. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Patent: Savant, Apple Team on Wireless Remote Control for Yachts

By Julie Jacobson · August 18, 2016 • Steve Jobs and Robert Madonna, founder of home automation provider Savant Systems, invent system for operating vehicles such as marine vessels via Wi-Fi and touchscreen remote. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Google Files Patent App for Smart HVAC Registers Like Ecovent and Keen Home

By Julie Jacobson · April 1, 2016 • Google patent application for motorized HVAC registers includes provisions for power management, but otherwise seems similar to existing home automation products from Ecovent and Keen Home. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Sonos Patent Describes Ultimate Party Mode: Share the Access, Not the Password

By Julie Jacobson · January 19, 2016 • New Sonos patent describes a method for letting guests access a Sonos or other media system via cellular, without the need to access password-protected networks.

Icontrol Beats in Key Patent Claims for Remote Security & Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · September 22, 2015 • USPTO invalidates key claims in (ALRM) patent over mobile devices in a security and home automation ecosystem. Icontrol awarded new patent for integrating smart home systems with SHaaS (smart home as a service) platforms, central monitoring stations and mobile devices.

Judge Slaps $4.6M Penalty on UEI for Bad Lawsuits Against URC

By Julie Jacobson · September 9, 2015 • UEI’s patent lawsuits against competitor Universal Remote Control (URC) were so egregious that the Court took the unusual step of assessing attorney’s fees for the defendant.

Court Spanks UEI over ‘Payback’ Lawsuits Against URC

By Julie Jacobson · March 13, 2015 • Universal Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: UEIC) must pay attorney fees for its vengeful patent lawsuits against remote-control and home automation manufacturer Universal Remote Control (URC).

Crestron Files Patent Application for Hiding Wires in a Docking Station

By Julie Jacobson · February 20, 2015 • Crestron’s patent application for ‘Self-Aligning Connection to a Docking Station’ describes a dock with a lip to hold a tablet and a method to contain the data/power cable. (Julie Jacobson)

Flimsy Patent Application Suggests (Wrongly) Google Invented Home Automation Conditionals

By Julie Jacobson · January 29, 2015 • Google seems to think it invented the idea of having home automation systems respond uniquely to multiple sensor events, but security and smart-home manufacturers have been doing that for years.

TI Patent Application: Camera on Remote Control Recognizes A/V Components

By Avi Rosenthal · November 17, 2014 • 'Universal remote control with object recognition' identifies A/V components by comparing images taken from a URC camera to a database of images, and then downloads the corresponding control codes.

Icontrol Networks Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Zonoff, SecureNet

By CE Pro Editors · September 14, 2014 • Icontrol Networks alleges Zonoff and SecureNet infringe on several patents related to cloud-based home automation.

Patents: Leviton Builds a Better ... Device Holder?

By Julie Jacobson · April 25, 2014 • Patent Application from Leviton Manufacturing shows a method for hanging an electronic device on a wallplate ... like the Decora standard for things hanging on a wallplate?

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