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Detector For Faster Than Nyquist Transmitted Data Symbols

Overview The invention relates to a data transmission technology, known as faster-than-Nyquist (FTN) signaling. When data pulses are transmitted at FTN signaling rate, inter-symbol interference (ISI) must be removed at the receiver using a detector to prevent an increase in bit errors. This allows for increasing the number of transmit bits within the same bandwidth and using the same transmission power of conventional Nyquist signaling. The inventors developed a FTN signaling detector for ultra-high-order quadrature-amplitude modulation (QAM). Simulation results show that this detector achieves excellent performance for ISI removal and reconstruction of the transmitted data symbols, at a very low computational effort, compared to the existing detectors.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US provisional application 63/150,798 (filed February 18, 2021)

PCT application number: PCT/IB2022/051301 filed Feb. 16, 2022

available for licensing

Independent Control of a Reflected Electromagnetic Wave’s Magnitude and Phase

Overview Systems and methods relating to independent control of a reflected electromagnetic wave’s phase and magnitude.  A reflective unit cell with independently controllable resistance and capacitance allows for control of the magnitude and phase of the reflected wave.  In one implementation, the unit cell uses coupled resonators, with each resonator having independently controllable parameters.  The coupled resonators may be a dipole ring resonator nested with a split ring resonator.  The dipole ring resonator is loaded with a tunable resistive element while the split ring resonator is loaded with a tunable capacitor.  By independently adjusting the resistance and the capacitance of the resonators, the magnitude and phase of the reflected wave can be controlled.
Development stage Concept validation complete; prototype testing in progress
Licensing status International Application Number: PCT/CA2021/051336 (filed September 24, 2021)

US Provisional Patent Application Number: 63/083,432 (filed September 25, 2020)

available for licensing

Enabling Wireless Network Big Data-Driven Personalization Using Zone of Tolerance Modeling and Predictive Analytics

Overview The subject application relates to telecommunication networks and more particularly, to a method and system for managing and allocating wireless network resources to optimize User satisfaction. One aspect of the invention is directed to a system comprising a wireless base station; a user device; 5 and a wireless network connecting said wireless base-station to said user device; said wireless base station being operable: to employ a ‘zone of tolerance’ to model user satisfaction; and to respond to a request from said user device to access network resources, by allocating network resources based on said ‘zone of tolerance’ model. Other aspects of the invention are also shown and described including a system and method of allocating network resources based on an automated machine learning model selection and optimization process.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US application 17/188,683 (int’l filing date 29-Aug-2019)

CA application 3,11,030 (int’l filing date 29-Aug-2019)

EP application 08940587 (int’l filing date 29-Aug-2019)

PCT/WO 2020/041883 (filed Aug. 29, 2019)

available for licensing

Aptamers as a Therapeutic Tool to Prevent Protein Aggregation In Neurodegenerative Disease

Overview We have discovered DNA aptamer sequences that bind to different alpha-synuclein morphologies. Notably, we have found one sequence that binds to alpha-synuclein monomers and inhibits the formation of larger oligomers and fibrils when tested in vitro. We have packaged this aptamer in a vehicle that was capable of crossing the blood brain barrier and tested its binding to alpha synuclein in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Using immunofluorescence, we were able to confirm both the delivery of the fluorescently labelled aptamer and that the aptamer co-localizes with an antibody specific for phosphorylated alpha synuclein monomer.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US application 16/758,090 (filed Apr. 22, 2020)

CA application 3079909 (filed Apr. 21, 2020)

PCT/CA2018/051335 (filed Oct. 22, 2018)

International Publication Number: WO2019/079887

Available for licensing

Root Exudate-Activated System for Agrochemical Delivery

Overview A system for delivering fertilizer to the roots of a plant includes coated fertilizer particles. The coating can include a cellulose derivative, a fatty acid, and a component, such as an aptamer, which binds specifically to a material, such as serine, which is released by the roots of the plant when the plant is actively taking up nutrients from the soil. The permeability of the coating increases when the coated particles are exposed to the material released by the roots of the plant. Thus, nutrient release from the coated fertilizer particles is synchronized with uptake of the nutrients by the plant during active growth. Advantages of the system may include one or more of improved nitrogen use efficiency by the plant, improved crop productivity, and/or reduced leaching of fertilizer from the soil.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US application 17/276,302 (int’l filing date 16-Sept-2019)

CA application 3,112,597 (int’l filing date 16-Sept-2019)

AU application  2019337776 (int’l filing date 16-Sept-2019)

PCT application number: PCT/CA2019/051306 (filed Sept. 16, 2019) and published as WO2020/051717A1

Canadian National Application (3,112,597), and Australian National Application (2019337776), available for licensing

International publication number: WO2020/051717 A1

A Method for Prevention of Ingress of Hydrogen Isotopes and Their Removal from Components Made from Hydride Forming Metals and Alloys
Overview Hydrogen in metals is sometimes a problem because of embrittlement, and methods are sought to reduce the concentration and ingress of hydrogen. Specifically, by way of an example that is not meant to be limiting, a method is disclosed to reduce the rate of ingress of hydrogen isotopes and their subsequent concentrations in zirconium alloy pressure tubes in a CANDU reactor where they are joined to the stainless-steel end-fitting, by the addition of a hydrogen getter to the outboard portion of the end fitting. The hydrogen getter can be any material that has a lower chemical potential for hydrogen than zirconium and can be attached to the end fitting so that a free path for hydrogen movement between the zirconium, steel, and getter is produced. Suitable candidate getter materials include zirconium, titanium, niobium, hafnium, vanadium, or yttrium, as metal, metal alloys or metal composites.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status CA application 3,007,703 (filed June 18, 2019)

available for licensing

Waterproof Polymer-Coated Combustible Pellets, and Methods for the Production Thereof
Overview Provided herein are solid fuels including a combustible material coated with an organic material or plastic, the solid-fuel being substantially water-resistant. Also provided herein is a method for producing a water-resistant solid fuel comprising a combustible material coated with an organic material or plastic, said method including steps of: providing a solution including the organic material or plastic in a solvent; applying the solution to the combustible material; and evaporating the solvent; thereby providing the water-resistant solid fuel including the combustible material coated with the organic material or plastic. The combustible material may include, for example, plant-based material, torrified wood pellets, ground wood, or coal fines. The organic material or plastic may include, for example, styrofoam or Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status Application number:  PCT/CA2020/050470 (filed April 9, 2020)

available for licensing

Passive Haptic Feedback Input Device
Overview HaptoBend is an original device for providing general passive haptic feedback (PHF) in virtual reality (VR). HaptoBend has a number of hinged panels that allow the device to be bent into a physical shape representative of a virtual object. Sensors associated with each of the hinges provide information indicative of the rotational configuration of the hinges and so, the passive haptic feedback device. The hinged panels allow it to provide PHF for a variety of virtual objects by transitioning between 2D, plane-like shapes, and multi-surface 3D shapes. Through its shape-changing capabilities, HaptoBend avoids the size, complexity, and cost of general purpose haptic systems. HaptoBend is simple, yet diverse by leveraging the dominance of human vision over other senses to provide realistic PHF with physical approximations of virtual objects. HaptoBend’s ability to bend also means bending interactions can be applied to normally rigid objects in VR while maintaining realistic PHF.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status Canada application/publication number: 3,058,763 (filed Oct. 15, 2019)

US application number: 16/654,152 (filed Oct. 16, 2019)

US publication number: US 2020-0117276 A1

Polymer-Coated Coal Fines, and Methods for the Production Thereof
Overview Provided herein are compositions of coal fines or other carbonaceous material coated with a polymer, the polymer being a product of hydrothermal polymerization of a biomass. Methods for the production thereof, as well as apparatus for the production thereof, are also provided. Methods for reducing ash in coal fines and other carbonaceous materials are also provided. Such methods may include heating under pressure a catalyst solution containing coal fines and/or carbonaceous material, and a biomass containing saccharides, to form a hydrothermal polymer-coal composite which may be made into hard pellets. In some examples, the hydrothermal polymer may be made of green carbon from the carbon cycle, rather than fossil carbon.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US Provisional Application 62/935,999 (filed Nov. 15, 2019)

available for licensing

High-Precision Road Users Detection using WIFI and Bluetooth Signals
Overview A user of a computing device may be detected, and their location determined, based on radio frequency signals transmitted by the computing device.  The RF signals may be for example Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signals that are received by a localization device.  The localization device comprises a plurality of RF receivers for receiving the transmitted RF signals.  The RF receivers are synchronized by a single local master clock signal, allowing the localization device to determine the computing device’s location based on a time difference of arrival of the transmitted signal at the receivers.
Development stage Concept validation complete
Licensing status US provisional application: 62/929,406 (filed Nov. 1, 2019)