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Neonode IR touchscreen technology gets Japan patent

Posted: 28 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical touch screen technology? zForce? patent Japan Patent and Trademark Office?

Swedish mobile communication company Neonode has announced that its optical touchscreen technology, zForce, has been granted a patent (No. 4046689) by the Japan Patent and Trademark Office.

"Several of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers are based in Japan. Not only are they often first to market with innovative mobile products but Japanese consumers spend the highest amount per capita on consumer electronics of any nation in the world," said Mikael Hagman, president & CEO. "We expect to fully capitalize on the opportunity to license zForce in this market."

Aside from the zForce, which was initially patented in 2002, Neonode has a range of patents and pending applications globally, all centered on the finger-based inputtouch screen technology.

Based on infrared LEDs and photodiodes that work in sunlight, zForce enables navigation by finger movements and sweeping motions without stylus nor keys.

The technology is cost efficient in terms of components, as well as having a very simple manufacturing process compared to the expensive layered capacitive and resistive touchscreens currently dominating the market.

Opportunity and protection
The zForce technology presents a significant licensing opportunity for Neonode as it may be licensed to third-party companies for incorporation into diverse touchscreen products such as digital cameras, GPS and ultraportable laptops. zForce is also used in the company's touchscreen mobile phone, Neonode N2.

"As a strategic step in line with our dual business model; the combination of technology licensing and branded product sales, we have recently recruited chief patent engineer Joseph Shain to ensure the further protection of our proprietary technology," Hagman continued.

Joseph Shain has long experience within the patent field and brings extensive knowledge to the company. During nine years at Neomagic, Joseph Shain was involved in diverse aspects of developing the company's parallel processor technology for handheld devices. As a patent engineer at Neomagic and Associative Computing Ltd, Shain has authored several issued U.S. patents in the field of associative processing.

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