Patent potpourri

Cartasite secures wells. Adelos takes on Halliburton. Agile on spec data. Gravitomagnetism?

Cartasite has been awarded a US patent (N° 20140091141 A1) that will ‘streamline oil and gas field operations.’ The patent covers a ‘failsafe alternative’ to current, error-prone methods of securing oil and gas wells with an improved system of well tag identification. Cartasite’s ‘high-tech’ barcodes and plastic tags and digital recording are claimed to eliminate misreads and false alarms. More from Cartasite.

Digital acoustic sensing (DAS) specialist Adelos has accused Halliburton of ‘improper access to and misappropriation’ of proprietary technology that was developed out of its work with the United States Navy’s Blue Rose technology (Oil ITJ 2015 N° 5). Adelos alleges that Halliburton ‘tried clandestinely to obtain a patent on [the technology] and falsely claimed and marketed it as their own.’ Adelos was selected by the United States Navy to be its world-wide exclusive licensee to market and commercialize the technology. Others accused of infringing Adelos’ patents include Optiphase, Sensortran and Pinnacle Technologies. More from patent search specialist RPX.

Blogger, programmer and geophysical industry observer Matt Hall (Agile) has posted an analysis of the patentability of seismic spec data in Canada. Following multiple lawsuits emanating from GSI relating to alleged infringement of its rights over spec seismic data, the Honorable Madam Justice Eidsvik of the Alberta Court found that seismic data ‘is not like ordinary data.’ Justice Eidsvik ruled that ‘the creation of field and processed [seismic] data requires the exercise of sufficient skill and judgment of the seismic crew and processors to satisfy the requirements of [copyrightability].’ More on the intricacies of the case and its implications for other jurisdictions from Agile.

Most improbable patent of the month (if not the decade) goes to startup Gravitomagnetism, and its US patent No. 9,318,031 B2 for ‘disk calibration, energy generation, propulsion, and teleportation.’ Acording to founder Michael Boyd, the company’s technology will ‘one day allow a wind-up watch-sized device that could power your entire house, your boat, your car and your airplane.’ Keep on winding us up Mike!

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