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December 21, 2011

Think again.

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For one thing, the United States recently changed its approach to determining patent priority.  It used to be that even if someone else beat you to the punch in applying to register an invention, you could undo their patent by proving that you invented it first.  No longer, thanks to the America Invents Act that President Obama signed into law on September 16, 2011.  Starting in 2013, it will be the “first to file,” not the “first to invent,” who wins.

That, of course, is the system that Europe and virtually the entire rest of the world already uses.

For another thing, others are already patenting their augmented reality inventions.

The AR industry stood up and took notice a few months ago when Apple filed these AR-related patent applications for the iPad:

U.S. Patent App. 20110164163 (July 7, 2011)

But AR has been in the process of “emerging” for years now–plenty long enough for all sorts of companies and inventors to get their ideas registered.  Here are just a few examples culled from the public patent records:

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