An analysis of the Virtual Reality patent landscape

A Virtual Reality Patent Landscape Analysis

With the pending release of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift and growing excitement about Valve’s VR platform, the virtual reality industry is set to come into its own.  With the development of viable virtual reality platforms, VR is poised to become big business.  A critical part of any tech industry is intellectual property. … Continue reading

Patent Issuance By State

  Always being interested in patent data, I put together this graph showing the distribution of issued patents since 1977.  The patent data is broken down by state to show which states are responsible for the most patenting.  It came as no surprise to me that California came out on top as the number 1 … Continue reading

Canadian Court Cancels Viagra Patent

A Canadian court recently invalided Pfizer’s Viagra (sildanafil) patent for failing to adequately disclose which compounds were useful for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Because a skilled reader, having only the specification, would not be able to put the invention into operation, the patent was invalid.  Here’s what the court had to say about … Continue reading

Bone Conducting Headphones Transmit Stereo Sound Through User’s Cheekbones

  AfterShokz, a technology company based in Syracuse N.Y., recently began selling their bone-conduction headphones to the general public.  The headphones work by transmitting sound waves to users’ inner ears through their cheekbones.  The headphones rest just outside the perimeter of the wearer’s ear, allowing users to hear ambient sounds.  The patent pending product touts … Continue reading

Congress Trolls Non-Practicing-Entities

For years now the business model of seeking licensing revenues from patents under the threat of litigation has come under fire from political, business and technology circles.  Patent Trolls, also known as “non-practicing entities” manage patent portfolios and seek payments from companies that may have infringing products or services.  Some NPEs (patent trolls) have been … Continue reading

America Invent Act Roadshow Teaches NY About Patent Law Changes

A little over a year ago, on September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act into law.  In so doing, he ushered in the most significant change to patent law in decades, maybe ever.  To help inventors, attorneys and other interested parties learn about the new laws, the agency is conducting roadshows across … Continue reading