META Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks
At META, we develop and own different types of Intellectual Property. We currently have a total of 302 active utility and design patent documents, including 12 design patent documents, of which, 175 patents have issued. In the U.S., we have 38 issued patents and 30 pending applications, and in 24 other countries around the world, we have 137 issued patents and 97 pending applications. META’s portfolio comprises 81 patent families, of which 48 include at least one granted patent.
META’s patent families cover a wide range of technologies and applications, including but not limited to large-area holographic filtering, scanning holography, light capture for solar panels, large-area nanopatterning, near-field lithography, plasmonic lithography, transparent metal meshes, lens casting technologies, radio wave imaging, non-invasive glucose sensing, magnetic resonance imaging, document authentication, nanofabrication (including e-beam and nanoimprint lithography processes), scaled roll-to-roll manufacturing systems, as well as plasmonic, diffractive and photonic crystal nanostructures.
These patent families consist of different types:
- Patents directed to compositions of matter, articles of manufacture, and devices having the structure of metamaterial and other functional surfaces to manipulate light, electricity. and radio waves;
- Patents directed to methods of use that describe how our novel articles of manufacture and devices address real world problems, and that cover a wide range of applications, from filtering light, medical sensing, wireless communications, to solar panels, advanced displays, and efficient heat transfer;
- Manufacturing and process patents directed to how these articles of manufacture and devices are made; and
- Design patents directed to the ornamental characteristics of some of our articles of manufacture and devices.
We have also built a large body of manufacturing know-how, e.g., directed to optimized recipes, custom tools and efficient algorithms on scaling up and producing such structures at high volume and low cost.
We collaborate with universities and other companies to develop joint IP, or license or acquire already developed IP that requires commercialization.
Finally, we own registered trademarks, which protect our products and services in different markets worldwide. These currently include:
- META® and META Go Beyond.® (our corporate identity)
- metaAIR® and metaVISOR® (laser filtering products)
- holoOPTIX® (holographic optical components)
- NANOWEB® (transparent metal mesh)
- RML® (Rolling Mask Lithography – large surface area nanopatterning technique)
- glucoWISE® (non-invasive glucose sensing)
- KolourOptik® (government document and currency authentication)
Features of our Intellectual Property
Our IP development is guided by four core principles:
- IP that is unique in the marketplace. We have developed custom materials and other articles of manufacture, devices, processes and intricate know-how that do not exist in the market and are not easily copied.
- IP that can be quickly prototyped. META’s team has backgrounds in advanced optical design and modelling, combined with quick prototyping and manufacturing know-how that remain trade secrets.
- IP that is relevant and commercially viable, focusing on real-world applications, not on academic explorations just for the sake of making proofs of concept.
- IP that is well-protected. We started developing our IP portfolio in 2008, and have invested multi-million-dollars to design, setup and acquire specialized equipment and capabilities.