US Hearing Aid Device Patent Activity for Jul-Aug 2015

“Tumultuous” captures the essence of Big 6 doings of late.  It’s also an apt descriptor  for the Exciting World of Hearing Device Patents, which really is the place to be these days.  For example, Panasonic’s battery patent (USPTO #9088050) describes a whirlwind New World of Batteries: “the batteries for supplying electric power… small-size electronic devices…

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US Hearing Aid Device Patent Activity for March-April 2015

Samsung Electronics’ history of suit-counter-suit patent-infringement litigation was referenced last post.  The patent-infringement lawsuit strategy is not peculiar to Samsung.  Such lawsuits increased by 25% in 2013.  Recent bills introduced in the US House and Senate have bipartisan congressional and White House support.  Among other things, the bills propose to reduce the number of frivolous…

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Tech Giants Eye Hearing Device Industry as Target for Rape and Plunder

The last post described future ear-level devices as conduits for highly personalized, exquisitely targeted, near and far-field individual communication systems that work in real time.  Such a vision combines past and ongoing R&D efforts in Hearables, Hearing Aids, and Augmented Reality (AR).  As the media hypes it, these will not be your grandfather’s hearing aids…

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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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Hearing Device Patents in January and February 2014

Polymer materials were the standouts in today’s round of patents.  Audiologists’ training is short on polymers so we may not fully appreciate their importance:  Patent #8628831 praises polymers for their special properties such as “positional selective metallization” which can be applied to hearing aid components where “it may be desirable to combine electrical and mechanical…

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