What do lens patent applications tell or not tell us?

AlanF

Canon 5DSR II
Aug 16, 2012
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I am intrigued wondering how many of the lens patents come to fruition and how many new lenses appear unexpectedly without prior indication from patents. For example, were there patents alerting us to the the new RF lenses or the radically redesigned 400mm f/2.8? Does anyone keep a tally of what doesn't come to fruition?
 

Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
Nov 7, 2013
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Germany
Hello Alan!

I didn't and do not do any researches on patents and how many of come to fruition.
But I am quite interested in what canonrumors and other pages find and post for us.

Throughout the last few years my personal experience is that most patents
  • don't become a product, but several patents are made while a lens is developed
  • are to stake the companies claims
  • are released for us to see only after the lens is announced
Still it's some fun to read and (try to) understand ;)
 

3kramd5

EOS 5D MK IV
Mar 2, 2012
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Utility patents can take many years to go through the system. The process can outlast the development cycle (hence items sold with the marking “patent pending”).

Generally I’d expect that nothing can be gleaned from a patent application, or lack thereof.