ioLight granted US Patent
Image: ioLight high-resolution field microscope.
UK-based ioLight has received a US Patent 10,254,523 B2 entitled ‘Digital Portable Microscope’ from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The focus of the patent is the microscope’s unique folding feature, making it compact and light enough for in-the-field use, whilst still delivering detailed images.
The US patent, which follows the ioLight microscope’s granted UK patent in May 2018, uses British engineering, with the design conceptualised and created by Oxford University-educated Chief Executive Officers Andrew Monk and Richard Williams.
“We are pleased to strengthen our intellectual property protection with the addition of this patent in the US,” explains Andrew Monk, Co-founder, ioLight. “We have consistently sought to protect, expand, and improve uses of our self-contained portable, high-resolution microscope.
The ioLight portable microscope has a resolution of 1 micron with built in illumination from both above and below the sample.
A glass sample stage allows for samples up to 25mm thick, or samples mounted on standard microscope slides.
Despite all these features, the microscope folds flat and fits in a jacket pocket or desk drawer.
The rechargeable battery lasts all day in normal use.
Images and videos are displayed on an iPad, iPhone or Android app making it a go-anywhere high-resolution microscope. The microscope also works with all laptops.
“The US patent further enables our US commercial strategy, and will allow us to concentrate on bringing this innovative technology to a number of industries,” says Monk. “For example, it is perfect for in-the-field use, whether it’s a vet at a pen side or a botanist researching in a remote location. The ioLight microscope can be used instantly to capture outstanding high-resolution images onto a tablet or phone anywhere.”