Quby inventors are awarded 2 patents for hardware
This July, Quby was awarded two patents. In this interview we talk to Robert Müller, contributor and now officially an inventor.
What did Quby get two patents for?
The first patent is for the hardware we created that measures temperature accurately. It is a known fact that most thermostats generate heat during operation, which can and will influence temperature measurements. With our solution, the heat produced by other features in the device, like Wi-fi, other sensors, and memory, are no longer an influencing factor for our temperature measurements.
This is a very important patent. Prior work and solutions already commercially available force most thermostat designers to come up with an alternative solution. We had to create several prototypes to model, among others, complicated thermal behaviour, before we achieved our specific solution. In the end, creating this hardware means our newest display has to spend less computational power on temperature measurements, freeing up that precious computational resource. In short, by employing these aspects we have achieved a substantially reduced operational footprint, giving in the end more accurate measurements.
The second patent invokes a different design feature: the front of the display has a glass screen from edge to edge. Glass makes it more difficult, if not impossible, to send and receive signals. We designed the product in such a way, that signals would be channelled towards an extra sensor placed in the back of the product. In the end, we attained the required functionality - but then with a fancy, edge to edge glass screen.
How does it work, getting a patent?
It’s a long trajectory – it took us about 8 to 14 months to complete. Besides that, it is not an easy task, especially since notable costs arise from professional supervision and annual fees. On top of all, multiple rounds of review passed until all was finalised and approved.
Then what are the benefits to getting a patent?
There’s a factor of pride for all the work we put in. A team of people worked hard on this hardware, and it’s great to have that acknowledgement.
Next to that, it is highly beneficial to claim ownership before putting a product on the market: ownership protects the company from certain media exposure and highly detailed tech reviews. Of course, it is a benefit to have the right to prevent others from making, selling, using and importing the invention itself. And lastly, one can think of licensing, cross licensing, and building reputation.
For me personally: I’m proud that we got the recognition for something really cool we made.
Design Engineer at Quby and inventor