Boeing had nine patents in advanced materials during Q1 2024. The Boeing Co filed patents in Q1 2024 for methods, systems, and apparatus to coordinate drones for improved communication, energy harvesting, and camouflage. They also introduced an ultrasonic injection device with a housing, injection nozzle, vibration generator, and pressure applicator for precise fluid dispensing using ultrasonic energy. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Boeing grant share with advanced materials as a theme is 77% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Drone coordinated satellite communications, energy harvesting, and camouflage (Patent ID: US20240103535A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes methods, systems, and apparatus for coordinating drones to communicate with reduced signal to noise, harvest energy, or provide camouflage. The system involves a set of transmitter drones equipped with elements that receive solar energy and transmit it to a receiver drone for energy harvesting. The computer coordinates the drones to optimize the efficiency of converting solar energy into electrical power, utilizing elements such as reflectors, transmissive elements, and thermoelectric modules.

The system further includes features such as hybrid elements with reflectors and transmissive elements, a navigation system for positioning relative to the Sun, and the formation of drone arrays to focus solar energy on the receiver drone. The apparatus for energy harvesting consists of transmitter drones, a receiver drone, and elements for solar energy reception and transmission. The method outlined in the patent involves coordinating the transmitter drones to receive solar energy on elements and transmit it to the receiver drone for efficient conversion into electrical power. Overall, the patent focuses on innovative techniques for energy harvesting using coordinated drone systems with specialized elements and computer control.

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