THE 8TH MILLION PATENT ISSUED ON A VISUAL PROSTHESIS: PATENTING OF MEDICAL DEVICES
On August 16, 2011, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued the 8th million patent to Robert J. Greenberg, Kelly H. Mcclure, and Arup Roy for a Visual Prosthesis that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration. The invention uses electrical stimulation of the retina to produce the visual perception of patterns of light. The product—the Argus® II—is currently in US clinical trials and has received marketing approval in Europe. The patent is assigned to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., located in Sylmar, California, is a privately held company founded in 1998 by Alfred Mann, Dr. Sam Williams, and Gunnar Bjorg with the goal of creating a retinal prosthesis to provide sight to subjects blinded from outer retinal degenerations, such as retinitis pigmentosa.
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