Growing Number of Patents Cover both Wearables and Augmented Reality
It’s no secret that there will be some serious patent issues to be worked out around wearables and Augmented Reality over the next few years. This detailed analysis published on the IFI Claims Patent Service Portal uncovers some 35,755 patent documents filed in the general domain of wearables since 2004. Of these 140 also address Augmented Reality. Among the leading companies (owning more than 70 patents) are Pantech, Samsung Electronic, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Siemens, and Nokia. The questions are who is going to be holding the best and most defensible claims when the rubber meets the road and how long will it take for these assets to matter.