International Business Machines had 88 patents in advanced materials during Q1 2024. IBM has filed patents for a breast pump with sensors and actuators controlled by AI, a semiconductor device with increased contact areas and wrap-around contact structures, techniques for frequency allocation in multi-qubit circuits, backside contacts for electrical connections in field-effect transistors, and layouts for source and drain regions interrupted by a gate. GlobalData’s report on International Business Machines gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

International Business Machines grant share with advanced materials as a theme is 61% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Smart lact8 (Patent ID: US20240091421A1)

The patent filed by IBM describes a breast pump with pads containing sensors and actuators, a pressure generator for vacuum and compression, a temperature control system, and an AI control system to mimic an infant's intra-oral motion. The design includes fingers with actuators and sensors, an air channel structure for pressure distribution, and an AI system trained for optimal user experience. The method of manufacturing involves inserting sensors into a soft pneumatic actuator pad, placing a pressure generator and temperature control system, and training the AI control system. The process includes 3D printing molds, mixing and curing solutions, and assembling the components for the breast pump.

The breast pump patent claims include features such as a pad with fingers, a pressure generator for vacuum and compression, a temperature control system with warming and cooling elements, and an AI control system for adjusting pulse parameters. The design incorporates separated air chambers, flexible force sensor arrays, and an air channel structure for pressure distribution. The AI system is trained to optimize pulse characteristics and temperature control based on sensor feedback. The method claims involve molding the SPA pad, placing sensors, assembling components, and training the AI system for controlling the breast pump's functions effectively.

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