MVIS Patent Portfolio Reviewed by Joseph Hadzima, MIT

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Written by Joseph Hadzima, Esq., Sr. Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management, President and Co-Founder of IPVision

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Breakthrough technologies such as 3-D printing and AR often take many years to reach commercial potential. Often the initial innovators don’t reap the rewards from the breakthrough – e.g. the original 3-d printing patents have expired. A company that has been at the forefront of some of the hardware components for AR is Microvision (NASDAQ: MVIS). Founded in 1993, Microvision has had a very bumpy ride in the stock market over the past year with rumors of a bankruptcy filing. Last week I had a request from a Microvision stockholder who had read my Forbes column How To Tell What Patents Are Worth. He asked what I thought the Microvision patent portfolio might be worth. To answer that question is a major undertaking but I did do a quick look at the patent portfolio, which consists of over 600 U.S. patents and published applications.

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I was curious about the quality of the patent claims in the portfolio so I ran an IPVision Claims Benchmark on the approximately 475 U.S. patents that issued from applications filed in the last 20 years.   The Benchmark consisted of 838,171 U.S. Patents in the same patent technology class in same year patent issued. There were 2,312,477 independent claims in these Benchmark patents. The Microvision patents contained a higher percent of Broad Claims (consistent with their early innovations in the space) and Better Claims Quality – Fewer Structure Issues:

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