More Virtual Reality Patent Analytics
In the first of my series on intellectual property in virtual reality, I presented some data on the patent landscape in the VR space including, the top VR patent holders, top holders of VR gaming patents, the top buyers of VR patents and VR patent filings by year. For this post I wanted to take step back and present a higher level view of the virtual reality patent picture and present some numbers on total VR related issued patents and published patent applications.
To do this, I queried the U.S.P.T.O.’s database and pulled the number of issued patents and patent applications containing keywords related to virtual reality. The keywords I choose were “virtual reality,” “head mounted display,” “haptic(s),” and “stereoscopic display.” I looked for those keywords in the title, abstract and written description (specification) sections of granted US patents and published patent applications. The granted patent database contains data on issued patents from 1976 through the present, and the published application database contains information on applications published from 2001 to the present. It should be noted that there is some overlap between these two data sets as some of the applications published since 2001 have matured into issued patents. It should also be noted that other virtual reality related patents that do no include the selected keywords are not included in this analysis.
Regarding issued VR patents: There have been a total of 1108 patents issued since 1976 that have one of the virtual reality keywords as part of the title, 1863 patents that have one of the virtual reality keywords as part of the abstract and 19,375 patents that include one of the virtual reality keywords in part of the specification. This is a substantial amount of patents for an industry that, to date, has seen little in the way of commercial success. Technology companies developing products in the VR space should be aware of these patents and how they relate to their ventures.
Regarding published VR patent applications: There have been a total of 1765 patent applications published since 2001 that have one of the virtual reality keywords as part of the title, 2893 applications that have one of the virtual reality keywords as part of the abstract and 33,008 applications that include one of the virtual reality keywords in part of the specification. This data set does not take into account applications that have been filed but have not published due to requests not to publish or other causes.
The Greenbaum Patent Blog is the blog of Eric A. Greenbaum esq, founder of Greenbaum P.C., an intellectual property law firm located in Long Island New York. The firm focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and contract work for independent inventors, small companies and start-ups in New York City (NYC,) Long Island and around the country. Intellectual property law is a rapidly evolving field of law and the issues are very fact-specific. Nothing on this blog should be taken as legal advice. Consult with an attorney for help on your particular case.