Having fun with Olympus patents :(

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WARNING: If you really want to enjoy your weekends don’t do what I have done today! :)

What have I done? I visited the US patent and trademark office website (http://appft.uspto.gov/). This website shows the latest manufactorer patents and I wanted to see what Olympus is doing.

First I have to say it is a really boring job. There are many documents full of tech description most of us wont understand (and a lot of them have nothing to with Olympus cameras)

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Let’s see what you can find:
1) One patent title is “INHIBITION OF INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINE PRODUCTION BY CHOLINERGIC AGONISTS AND VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

What kind of disease is that? Sounds dangerous!

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2) Then I found something I thought could be interesting for future Olympus lenses. The title sounds promising…”METHOD FOR FORMING ANTI-REFLECTION COATING AND OPTICAL ELEMENT “.

But when you try to understand what exactly is going on the text doesn’t exactly help:

A method for forming an anti-reflection coating of alkali-treated silica aerogel on a substrate, comprising the steps of hydrolyzing and polymerizing alkoxysilane in the presence of a base catalyst to prepare an alkaline sol, adding an acid catalyst to the alkaline sol to carry out further hydrolysis and polymerization to prepare a first acidic sol, hydrolyzing and polymerizing alkoxysilane in the presence of an acid catalyst to prepare a second acidic sol, mixing the first and second acidic sols, applying the resultant mixed sol to the substrate, drying it, and treating the resultant silica aerogel coating with an alkali.

Ohhhhh! Easy! Everybody can do it!

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3) Then Olympus seems to have invented a misterious “LIQUID DEVELOPER“. I know you have all waited very long for that moment! And here you have the explanation of that “Liquid developer”:

It is an object of the present invention to provide a liquid developer in which in liquid developers for electrophotography or electrostatic recording obtained using the coacervation method, electric resistance of the liquid developer and the electrophoretic property or the charging characteristic of the toner particles are adequately maintained, and the dispersibility of a pigment and the dispersion stability of the toner particles are good. A liquid developer formed by dispersing colored resin particles comprising at least a pigment, a dispersant and a resin in a hydrocarbon insulating medium using a coacervation method, wherein said dispersant is a carbodiimide compound having at least one basic nitrogen-containing group and at least one polyester side chain introduced through a reaction with a carbodiimide group in its molecule, and said resin is an acid group-containing resin and the acid value of the resin is 1 to 100.

Do you know what it is now?

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After reading such kind of documents for hours I found something usefull and I will post it soon on 43rumors.com. Anyway, You can try to find more interesting patents and may add some funny crazy tech-text by commenting this post!

Now I go sleep and may I will dream my LIQUID DEVELOPER and I hope to not wake up having a INHIBITION OF INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINE PRODUCTION BY CHOLINERGIC AGONISTS AND VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION!!! 😉

Alejandro

43rumors

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  • http://dingobear.zenfolio.com db

    this is an even better olympus patent-based rumor / speculation …

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1022&message=32121958

    a 3CCD olympus E-4! if you follow the links to google patents searches, it’s all there. now, a three fuji CCD’s in the next olympus e-system cam … that really would be something!

    for the record, good job on this website, guys. always a fun read.

    best,
    db

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    >>> 1) One patent title is “INHIBITION OF INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINE PRODUCTION BY CHOLINERGIC AGONISTS AND VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION”

    What kind of disease is that? Sounds dangerous! <<<

    It's not as bad or as complicated as you think. Basically, it's talking about a way to prevent the body from over-reacting in response to food poisoning, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, etc. It's kinda like when you have allergies. Your own body is making you miserable because it's over-reacting to otherwise harmless stuff like pollen, dust, etc. By using medications like cholinergic agonists or by stimulating the vagus nerve (one of the main nerves in your body), they found that they can reduce the body's over-reacting to various situations, and reduce the amount of suffering for those conditions. Of course, this is an over-simplification of what is really happening, but you get the picture…

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