Patexia Contest


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Patexia is looking for descriptions of an interior side airbag for a car that, when deployed, will cover multiple rows of seating (e.g. the front and back row of a sedan).

Submitted documents describing this system must be:

  • filed or published before 12/11/1995
  • not on the known references list, either individually or in combination.

The entire submission must describe a system where:

  • the airbag deploys into the passenger compartment
  • the airbag deploys across at least 2 rows of seating (e.g. the front and back row of a sedan)
  • there is a normally a cover over the airbag before it is deployed
  • the airbag has a dedicated inflator to inflate the airbag that is mounted separately from the airbag
  • the airbag has multiple inflatable compartments that are all in flow communication with each other

This contest is for a prior art search for technology related to an automobile interior side airbag.

  • The contest is subject to modified prize distribution awards:
  • the top submission will be designated as a winner and receive $3,000
  • the next scored 2 submissions will be designated as winners and receive $500 each
  • the next scored submissions (to a maximum of 10) will be designated as runners up and receive a minimum of $100 each
  • the top submission with a main reference that is not a patent will receive an additional $1,000
  • an additional $2,500 may be awarded to a single submission based on an outside determination by the contest’s sponsor

Update (05/19/2015): To clarify, question 3 is referring to one airbag that, when deployed, can protect two passengers who sit in different, but adjacent, rows of seating.

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1Is the reference either a US patent filed, a foreign patent published, or a non-patent document published before December 11th, 1995? T/F
2Is the reference generally about an interior side airbag for a car that covers two rows of seating? T/F
3Does the reference show an interior airbag that is mounted along the side of the car so that it can cover two rows of seating? 30
4(3a) Does the reference further show a cover to protect and hide the airbag before it is deployed? 15
5Does the reference show that the airbag is inflated by a single, dedicated gas inflator? 20
6(5a) Does the reference further show that the gas inflator is mounted apart from the airbag, with a connector to pass the gas from the inflator to the airbag? 15
7Does the reference show that the airbag has multiple inflatable compartments, with all the compartments in flow communication with each other? 20

Additional Notes

Prior Art Search

This is a Prior Art Search contest aimed at determining if a patent idea was known and publicly available before a patent was filed.

+5 bonus points will be awarded for non-patent literature and for foreign language references.

This contest will close on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Please review the Contest Rules. For more information on how to submit to this Contest type, please read the Intro to Prior Art Search page.