The USPTO Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent

On June 19, 2018, the Patent Office issued Patent No. 10,000,000 assigned to Raytheon for “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection.”  The company obtained the patent through the invention of one of its optical engineer, Joseph Marron, who discovered a new way for large laser radars to identify and track objects using reflected light to measure speed and distance.  Simply put, and in the words of Marron, the invention is “similar to a digital camera except it measures speed and distance, and applications include driverless cars or video games. . . . It’s very timely for robotics and 20measurement . . . .”

To commemorate this milestone, Marron and Raytheon executives visited the White House where the president signed the patent certificate.  “This patent represents one of 10 million steps on a continuum of human accomplishment launched when our Founding Fathers provided for intellectual property protection in our Constitution,” said Andei Iancu, director of the USPTO.

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