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US Patent and Trademark Office today issued the 10 millionth utility patent to Joseph Marron and Raytheon, for Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection.

The numbering system dates back to 1836.

See also coverage across the web:

- USPTO announcement: U.S. Patent 10 Million: https://10millionpatents.uspto.gov/patent-10-million.html

- Law.com: Raytheon Is Owner of Landmark 10 Millionth Patent From USPTO: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/06/19/raytheon-is-owner...

- Government Executive: Patent Office Celebrates 10-Millionth Award as Inventors Complain: https://www.govexec.com/technology/2018/06/patent-office-cel...

- CNN Money: In tech, patents are trophies -- and these companies are dominating: http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/19/technology/tech-patents/inde...

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