More Stinkin’ Barriers, part 2

There are no barriers that discourage new entrants to the hearing aid industry  (previous post at HHTM) Today’s Econ 202 post continues its contrarian ways by scaling barriers of varying sizes in the US hearing aid manufacturing and delivery system.   Part 1 itemized regulatory requirements for manufacturers, audiologists and providers which pose varying structural challenges to new entries, compared…

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http://sites.psu.edu/fitzblog/2013/09/18/gaming-the-system-how-tech-patents-are-stifling-innovation/

US Hearing Device Patent Approvals for July and August 2014

Patents are a growing concern in importance the hearing industry, both in number and lawsuits.  MIMs technology is big, especially now that Knowles won a patent ruling allowing it to “develop and improve [MIMs] for the HA industry.”  For those of us unfamiliar with the acronym or its impact on our industry and its company’s…

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Patent Tales

July’s stroll through the Wonderful World of Patents was likened to Alice falling down the rabbit hole.  This week’s post is more like Billie Goats Gruff making a run for it over the  troll-dominated Bridge of Willful Patent Infringing.   Audiologists rarely read patents, but eventually they are affected by patent skirmishes and patent law,…

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You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: Hearing Device Patents in November-December 2013

Let’s launch the New Year with an exciting list of new patent approvals, in the tradition of previous posts, continuing the momentum started by E.G. Hyde in 1855 with the first US hearing aid patent (#12,951 shown above). If “exciting” doesn’t sound like  the right word, how about “contentious” or at least  “competitive”?  The numbers…

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IntriCon + HI HealthInnovation: How’s That Workin’ Out?

Are IntriCon (IIN:US) and Hi HealthInnovations still in love? The Brangelina of Audiology is rarely heard from nowadays, after almost two years together.  Hearing Economics’ interest was piqued last week when IntriCon quietly notified the SEC (US SEC Form 8-K Current Report, June 12 2013) of planned lay-offs and global strategic restructuring. The Backstory IntriCon jumped on our screen last year…

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