People patent ideas to protect their idea so no one else can use it or steal it. This has been going on for a loooong time. To say anyone is a troll for patenting an idea and not producing idea is not accurate. Now, if whoever patents something does not produce what they patent, then turns around and sues everyone who infringes on their patent, then that is a troll.
So far nothing here is trolling unless Google sues for people infringing on the patent and never produces what they patent. Unlike what happened with Motorola.
Agreed. Patents need to have a time when they expire. If companies want to renew the patent, fine but it shouldnt be patented forever.
You don't patent ideas. that's the problem with software patents(which I don't agree need to be completely abolished) ans I was sure that when it came to actual physical technology you wheren't allowed to patent these vague all encompassing software style patents.
If you could patent ideas like this, then every scifi author would be a millionaire cause these lenses have already been created in several scifi books. I'm pretty certain Peter F Hamilton have had them in several of his books for example.
you need a bit more than "camera in contacts" to make a patent. it needs to be technology that can be made or needs technology they are currently researching and is within reach in a few years to be a potential real product.
For example instead of "contact lens that acts as a camera that can aid in augmented reality or restoring vision and bla bla bla"
"the contact lens will have a network of single cell RGB cmos censors with a micro lense on top. These censors will be opaque on the back so so the lenses won't affect or disturb normal vision and due to them being inside the focal area they won't negatively affect vison beyond slightly reducing brightness"
Then you have technology and technical specs for an actual product and technology, not the description and idea of every possible camera contact lens.