Uniden r7 getting auto lockout soon?

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If it's the patent holding it back, why can't Uniden just say, the feature will be available once the patent issue is resolved? They could give a patent exp date, if they wanted, or not.. At least everyone would have a general idea...

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I think the problem might have to do with poor research or maybe no research at all. The Escort patent date is very confusing and I don't really know either but it appears that after the patent was filed and then approved something else was going on and there are two extension dates that add X number of days. So what used to look like July of 2019 being the end date as that is about the time the patent was granted approximately June/July 1999. It looks like seven hundred something days were added IE an extension so not expiring anytime soon how I read it (but I don't work in the Patent Office nor am I a patent attorney).

Is this about right, anybody know how this patent stuff actually works as to dates and extensions?
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^^^This!^^^

Plus, as we all know with drug companies, Escort *may* do something magical, and get some type of patent extension. That's not to say that Uniden couldn't enact an older version of auto lockouts, but they would have to tread very lightly on their implementation so as to avoid violating the new patent.
 

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The best auto lockout solution might not even be patented. A simple log on the RD side, and a documented lockout database format. Bring the RD home and post-process the log on a PC to generate the lockout database. Would be really easy to implement, and the manufacturer could just call it a diagnostic log, while the community creates the post processing software.
 

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The best auto lockout solution might not even be patented. A simple log on the RD side, and a documented lockout database format. Bring the RD home and post-process the log on a PC to generate the lockout database. Would be really easy to implement, and the manufacturer could just call it a diagnostic log, while the community creates the post processing software.
We've already got more than that with apps on the only detector that allows an open API.

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The process described would first require a detector that allows some sort of data connection for logging. Currently, there is only one that allows this.
With apps on this detector (which I'm respectfully not naming) we can handle lockouts in real-time instead of using a post processing method.

This, and other benefits are already available. If more detectors had an open API and data channel, this R7 auto-lockout concern and the 1,750 lockout limit could already have been resolved for those that would allow their phone to connect to the detector. (Regardless of whether the phone is in view, or in a pocket, etc.) :)
 
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So trying to convince the wife to get an r7 vs the redline ex due to having better range. While looking at amazon both the description in the header and body claim god auto lockouts. Could this be a typo or maybe the feature is on the way!

Tell the wife... "Woman. Why are you out of the kitchen, and asking me about my new radar detector? This is mans work. Now get back in there, and make me a sandwich!! And for Heavens sake, remove those dang shore!" :D Smile people. It's just a joke.
 
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Tell the wife... "Woman. Why are you out of the kitchen, and asking me about my new radar detector? This is mans work. Now get back in there, and make me a sandwich!! And for Heavens sake, remove those dang shore! :D
If you’re gona be dumb you better be tough.
 

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Why does Uniden even need to wait for an Escort patent to expire? Can't they just create their own? Then it be theirs to use. I see zero reason for Uniden to stand at the doors of Escort and wait to use their algorithm someday. Just my 2 cents
 

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Made it official. She is getting the r7. She took a ride in my car and really liked how it operated and worked. Just need to sell my sti-r system to get the funds for it now.
 

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What upsets me about auto lockouts with the R7 is that a company like Uniden has access to patent attorneys. Don't advertise a feature and say that it should be available around June 2019 when they have the resources available to say whether this is realistic or not. When I hear that it might be available in 1-2 years, that doesn't give me much confidence in a company, especially given that they will probably have a new detector by then. Given how they are supporting the R1 & R3 since the R7 came out is a clear indicator to me how things will probably go with the R7 and auto lockouts.

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Why does Uniden even need to wait for an Escort patent to expire? Can't they just create their own? Then it be theirs to use. I see zero reason for Uniden to stand at the doors of Escort and wait to use their algorithm someday. Just my 2 cents
It's not just about a particular algorithm. It's about implementation of a feature and how it works.
 

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Which detector would that be?
Oh please...remind us.
Unnecessary. I was just conveying that the effort he was describing was already surpassed. If more detectors allowed an open API, it could be done for those too.
 

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It's not just about a particular algorithm. It's about implementation of a feature and how it works.

But that is not really correct when it comes to IPR. There are many pen and pencil companies, in the end they ALL do the same thing. How they make it is the difference. Uniden can make theirs, Uniden's way, not Escort's way. As long as the algorithm is different from Escort's, there is no IPR infringement.
 

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Don't advertise a feature and say that it should be available around June 2019 when they have the resources available to say whether this is realistic or not.
Specifically where did Uniden advertise auto lockouts? I saw one post by the Uniden rep on this forum referring to it, but no advertisement. I’d be interested in the link to the advertisement. I’ve read resources say it’s capable. I’ve read unofficial statements saying July 2019. I’ve personally never seen anything from Uniden promising auto lockouts with a date attached to it.
 

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I agree many women dispise the geeky technical tweaking so many enthusiast demand.
My wife needs auto lockouts as she has gotten accustomed to the passport ix with years of lockouts.
Too bad it's deaf and dumb compared to today's high end detectors!

I may just get the R7, run it a while till i manually lockout all the local falses in our town then pass it onto her.

I see no other detector out there with arrows that has such features enthusiast love combined with sensitivity all in one package... Pretty amazing accomplishment!
 

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