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Dominance in a Patent Class

Charting patent trends can track technological innovation and stagnation by proxy variables such as geography (countries, metropolitan areas), industry concentration, education (proximity of universities, proportion of PhDs), income per capita, etc. One measure is growth and dominance of patent classes by an industry or company.  Of interest to the hearing aid industry is its representation…

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US Hearing Device Patents in October 2016

“Hearing Health Matters have been charting granted patents in this area since 2012, updating their list every few months. It should be mandatory reading for any company entering this arena.” (Nick Hunn, The Market for Hearable Devices, 2016-2020) Hearing Economics is happy that an industry consultant of the likes of Mr. Hunn benefits from our…

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September 2016 Patents

Proliferating patents prompt a switch to monthly lists, commencing today with a list of patents awarded in September by the US Patent office.  The lengthening list is once again due to entry of new players and consumer electronics giants, complementing and competing with our own Big 6.   Samsung’s Hearable Vision   Top of this…

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Patents Jul/Aug 2016: Game of Patent Thrones

Patents, a fantastical realm of imagination, are a wonderful place to explore and gain understanding of new concepts. What better place to stumble on new definitions than in newly-issued patents from  companies in the brain realm?  What better place to implement new concepts than the ear? (editor’s note:  This post was updated 9/11/2016 to correct…

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Where’d Those Numbers Come From? Data for the 2016 Pricing Series

“I think it’s inevitable that the upward trend line will start to normalize and get flatter. The current market forces in play are going to begin dropping that trend line closer to CPI…albeit not nearly as much as the average consumer would like it to be…” (Comment from Anonymous on the 2013 Price series) Inevitable…

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