On June 19th 2018 the USPTO issued the 10 millionth patent. It was awarded to Joseph Marron and the Raytheon Company for their invention of “Coherent ladar using intra-pixel quadrature detection”. This device is a culmination of American invention as it can be used across autonomous vehicles, medical imaging devices, military defense systems, and space and undersea exploration.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu said: “This patent represents one of ten million steps on a continuum of human accomplishment launched when our Founding Fathers provided for intellectual property protection in our Constitution. Some of the greatest leaps humanity has made have been fueled by our greatest inventors, Americans who have changed the course of history with their brilliance and dogged perseverance.”
At current rates patent no. 11 million should appear in 2021 – the countdown begins!
Click here to read more from the USPTO https://10millionpatents.uspto.gov/patent-10-million.html
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