23 Aug '11, 6am

Congrats USTPO for 8th million patent. This was a patent for Second Sight and a grant funded by the NIH / NEI

Congratulations to the US Patent and Trademark Office for issuing the 8th million patent recently . YES! There’s a freaking 8 million patents in America. The 8th million patent was issued on 16 Aug 2011 to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration. I have no idea what’s that. Looking at the history of patent in US, it seems like they are issuing patent at a faster speed. The 7th million patent was issued in 14 February 2006. It took them 5 years to issue 1 million patent. And the speed will only become faster as more people file for patent and technology help speed up the process. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of patent. I think that it is slowing down inovation. All the patent lawsuits among companies aren’t benefiting consumers. The only people ben...

Full article: http://blog.dk.sg/2011/08/23/8-million-patents-and-counting/

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