Boeing had one patent in connectivity during Q1 2024. The patent filed by The Boeing Co in Q1 2024 describes a communication system and method involving multiple communication devices with isotropic antenna elements. The master device determines relative locations of follower devices, assigns phase delay values, and communicates message information for the devices to form an antenna array transmitting a message payload with a phase taper towards a target. 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 had no grants in connectivity as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: System and method for coordinated beamforming among discrete communication devices (Patent ID: US20240056769A1)

The patent filed by The Boeing Co. describes a communication system and method that involve multiple communication devices with isotropic antenna elements forming an antenna array to transmit messages towards a target. The system includes a master device and follower devices, where the master device determines the relative locations of the followers, assigns phase delay values based on these locations, and communicates message information to form the antenna array. The system allows for the transmission of message payloads with a phase taper to create a beam directed at a target, with the ability to scan a target area over a period by defining multiple phase tapers associated with different transmit times.

The communication system and method involve portable communication devices, such as cellular phones or aerial vehicles, with 5G network capability. The devices communicate with each other on specific frequency bands to determine relative locations and transmit message payloads with phase tapers on different frequency bands. In case of failure to receive updates from the master device, a follower device can assume the role of the master device based on a designated hierarchy. The system is capable of transmitting messages over long distances, with the master device determining relative locations through trilateration. Overall, the patent outlines a sophisticated communication system that enables the formation of antenna arrays for targeted message transmission.

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