U.S. Patent No. 10,888,283 B1 (‘283), issued on January 12, 2021, to applicants/inventors Boonsieng Benjauthrit, Sorapod B. Benjauthrit, Vatcharee L. Benjauthrit, and Kamolchanok J. Benjauthrit, all of La Cañada, California.
The claims are directed to an apparatus called a COVID-19 Symptoms Alert Machine (CSAM) scanning device comprising the scanner, temperature scanner, a patient-provided health information card, and the CPU. Uniquely, the apparatus will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to track people with COVID-19 symptoms, isolate, then quarantine them for the safety of the general public.
The following is from the drawings, showing the apparatus’s algorithm for tracking a COVID-19 infected person.
The Cooperative Patent Classifications include A61B, diagnosis, surgery, identification, namely, alarms related to a physiological condition (5/746), measuring for diagnostic purposes, specifically, monitoring a patient using a global network, e.g., telephone networks, Internet (5/0022), measuring temperature of body parts through diagnostics (5/01) and by detecting, measuring or recording by applying mechanical forces or stimuli by applying suction (5/055).
The ‘283 patent is an interesting patent from a group of applicant/inventors, as opposed to an applicant/assignee, like an employer/employee setting. Further, the ‘283 patent is interesting because while it would have qualified under the COVID-19 prioritized examination program at the USPTO, it was actually expedited in a petition to make special because one of the named inventors, Boonsieng Benjauthrit, was at least 65 years of age at the time the application was filed (37 C.F.R. §1.102(c)(1); MPEP 708.02(a)).
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