Can You Believe: U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000

Second Sight Medical Products is receiving some publicity for being awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000. The patent claims a “visual prosthesis” that uses a camera that then sends a stimulating impulse to neural tissue in a subject’s eye.  Although Second Sight gets the patent, the research was at least partially paid by the U.S. Government. 


Patent No. 7,000,000 issued in 2006; 6,000,000 in 1999; 5,000,000 in 1991; 4,000,000 in 1976; 3,000,000 in 1961; 2,000,000 in 1935; and 1,000,000 in 1911.


3 thoughts on “Can You Believe: U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000

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    8 million * $750K (the price the Apple-led consortium paid for Nortel patents) = $6 trillion.

    That sounds about right. That’s the “value” the patent system has generated in the US. And, as everyone knows, when you generate “value,” you create “jobs.”


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