USPTO issues patent number 8,000,000

Today (August 16, 2011) the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its eight millionth patent.   Sight Sound Medical Products, Inc. of Sylmar, California received Patent No. 8,000,000 for a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who are blind due to outer retinal degeneration.  According to a USPTO press release, the device is currently undergoing U.S. clinical trials, and it has been approved for sale in Europe.

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