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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

iRobot Patent Watch

iRobot Packbot 510

U.S. company iRobot Corp. has received a patent for a system in which a robot autonomously returns to its operator in a failed wireless communications scenario. The patent for its "retrotraverse" technology (U.S. Patent No. 8,108,092) is the 100th U.S. patent the company has received for its robotic technologies. The retrotraverse technology patented is used with the company's 510 PackBot with User Assist Package, which is employed by the military.

iRobot's patent portfolio is increasingly cross-platform, an 'economic moat' that lends sustained competitive advantage across product lines, including the company’s home robots. Specifically, the iRobot Roomba® vacuum cleaning robot is covered by more than 30 U.S. patents. iRobot also holds 108 foreign patents and continues to pursue more than 250 patent applications pending worldwide.

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