Google locks up patents for Google Glass now to avoid problems later

Google locks up patents for Google Glass now to avoid problems later
Trying to lock up patents now in order to prevent court battles later, Google received four patents from the USPTO in relation to Google Glass. The Mountain View based tech giant now can claim the rights to the design of the right side of the device which is where the camera drops down over the eye. It is also where the the important electronics are housed. Also patented is the nose-pad sensor that uses technology to know when it is in contact with a nose. Another patent protects the display on the screen showing range and the direction of ambient sounds. Lastly, Google now has a patent on using each eye piece as a separate display. The illustration of the patent shows a map in one eye piece with navigation in the other.

The four patents are dated May 22nd and the nose bridge sensor has been given patent number 8,184,067. Patent D660,341 is for a wearable display device section. The patent for the ambient sound display is 8,183,997 and lastly, the patent for the separate eye displays is 8,184,068. While there are other moving parts to Google Glass, lining up these patents now is a major step in the right direction and could make it easier for Google to lock up further atents related to this device in the future.

source: USPTO (1), (2), (3), (4)

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28 Comments

1. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

Good! They don't need someone trolling them over something they created.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

taco logic : they are patenting so Apple does not come with their own version, patents it and revolutionize the industry and claim Google made a ripoff

4. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Yes. Although, now that they patent it and Apple can't really steal the idea, he will most likely say it's stupid and pointless. At least until Apple comes out with their version, if that ever happens.

3. JcHnd

Posts: 283; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nice move... now that Apple is going around like Gollum for patents to sue everyone!

5. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

That's because Apple does not understand what the terms "compete and innovate" mean.

6. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Good, So no iGlasses or some sh1t like that...

7. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

I can truly say that PhoneArena is now infested with Fandroids. Any good news posts about BlackBerry, iOS or WP will get seriously criticized by Fandroids and thumbs down on every good responds.

8. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah, people who generally prefer a laggy system over a superior one. Its really pathetic.

9. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Calling people "Fandroids" for stating facts? Meanwhile you decide to pull statements out of your rear that you believe are true.. You might want to educate yourself on the difference between and opinion and fact. I assure you that there are PLENTY of iOS/WP and RIM fans that will go around criticizing Android related articles. Both of your posts contradict each other..

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Funny how you consider an outdated OS, a locked down OS and a boring OS "superior". Android may lag sometimes but atleast we know it's due to background processes, what's WP & iOS's excuse when they lag and use transitions to hide long load times?

17. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Okay, if there's a hole in your pants would you cover it or ignore it? It seems that you would be glad to show what's inside from your comment.

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

LOL? What?

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You know, you didn't need to type the exact same message here as in the Lumia thread. I already read and dismissed it there. Nice try at trolling, newf4g.

13. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

i personally am having mixed thoughts on this project... but nontheless, good work Google, im excited to see waht u cna do, and glad Fapple wont be taking your patents! :)

14. lollol

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2012

Nokia had demoed nokia glasses way back in 2009. Nokia must sue google for copying nokia glass , drop down notification bar and many more stuff

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, that was three years ago, and obviously Nokia hasn't gotten very far with their concept. Google is allowed to leapfrog them. Besides, how do we know that they weren't working on it before Nokia's concept video came out?

21. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

just wait... dont jump to conclusions... nokia is very secretive. we dont know they might be testing these things in their lab right now... who knows right?.. just like the pureview tech, we really dont know about it until it was officialy announced...

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

All of the iFanboy blogs and commenters are dismissing Project Glass as too nerdy, unnecessary, ridiculous, or scary. iCNN immediately ripped into it as usual, as did the writer of The Oatmeal, who is an obvious iFan from how often he makes sure that everyone knows that when a character uses a phone or computer, it's made by Apple. I say screw 'em. Project Glass is real life sci fi, and opens the door for a world of possibilities in a way the iPhone never did. That's right, assholes, think about it: there is no resemblance between Project Glass and any Apple product. This is the innovation you claim Google doesn't have. I'll take my Google glasses and I'll wear them proudly, so long as they do prove to be as useful as I think they'll be.

18. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Google should hire you. kbyty

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Working for Google would be freaking incredible. I'd love to work for the corporation that exemplifies the principle that you don't need to be an asshole or price gouge people in order to succeed at business. I think you should get hired by Grumpies Inc.

26. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I could see myself using this only if it was incorporated into real glasses. Plus i'd save a ton of money on contact lenses ;)

19. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

i wish the camera can be placed on the left side of the glass, something like an inter-changeable function, so those who are more convenient as to which side can switch it seamlessly.

22. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

iFanboys and Nokia fanboys are only jealous coz Google was the first to create this cool and innovative device. I'm sure they will do everything to discourage people to buy once available commercially like what they always do with Android. Always remember innovation and technological advancement is not limited to apple, nokia or ms , it's for everyone. Google is leading the way. The Google glass can change our lives, having these patents is a way to acknowledge Google created this device. I'm sure Google will not hesitate to license it to companies who once to develop it furthermore once it hit the mainstream. Good luck Google.

24. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Sorry dude, but Nokia has this in works for longer time. It's not like this is some new idea:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDVkcMKIqdw

23. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I wanna share something to you guys, I know a guy who recently bought an iphone 4s 32gig version. After about more than 3 weeks of usage, I heard him say this words, " I bought this phone because of many claim how awesome this phone is" (hype), he then added that "it is only slightly better than his Samsung corby 2. in practical usage" upon hearing him say those lines I had the biggest gin in my life. ^_____________^ .

27. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

nice invention but... nobody will be walking around with these glasses i can promise u that they are not attractive at all... and people's lives are too busy to be dealing with using the software in them...

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Google NEEDS TO PATENT every invention they produce. But glad they did before someone says hey you copy our glasses I THINK NOT

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