Five critical patents increase patent portfolio to 35 patents, plus more than 70 pending applications, adding to the most highly-cited patent portfolio in biometric sensors for PPG wearables and hearables

 Raleigh, N.C. – April 5, 2016 – Valencell, the leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, today announced it has been granted four new patents in the US and one in Europe, expanding the Company’s intellectual property portfolio to 35 patents. The new patents reflect Valencell’s accurate biometric sensing inventions applicable to a broad range form-factors worn at the ear, head, arm, wrist, finger, and elsewhere.

Valencell’s continued focus on R&D in biometric wearables has resulted in significant growth in licensees and the most cited patent portfolio in wearable PPG in the industry, which includes 35 patents granted and more than 70 additional patents pending. A summary of granted patents protecting Valencell’s PerformTek® sensor technology can be found at http://www.valencell.com/patents.

“Valencell is passionate about continuing to drive further innovation in biometric wearables and hearables. If it were not for Valencell’s innovations in wearable biometric sensor technology, consumers could not enjoy accurate heart rate and breathing rate monitoring at the wrist, arm, and ear during exercise. With many innovative successes behind us, we are continuing to invent the future in wearable biometrics,” said Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President and Co-founder of Valencell. “These new patents further expand our ability to provide our partners with the most accurate and flexible biometric sensor technology in the world, enabling them to deliver wearables of all shapes and sizes with the accuracy needed to deliver a compelling consumer experience.”

The five patents granted include:

•U.S. Pat. No. 9289135 – Physiological monitoring methods and apparatus

•U.S. Pat. No. 9289175 – Light-guiding devices and monitoring devices incorporating same

•U.S. Pat. No. 9301696 – Earbud covers

•U.S. Pat. No. 9314167 – Methods for generating data output containing physiological and motion-related information

•European Pat. No. 2094152 – Telemetric Apparatus for Health and Environmental Monitoring

Valencell PerformTek sensor systems are the most accurate, robust and flexible technology available today, powering more biometric wearables on the market today than any other company. Valencell gives wearable devices the ability to continuously and accurately measure blood flow signals even during extreme physical activity or when the optical signals are weak. These signals can be translated into biometric data, including continuous heart rate, VO2 and VO2 max, resting heart rate, heart rate response, heart rate recovery, continuous energy expenditure (calorie burn), cardiac efficiency and heart rate variability assessments. The accuracy and scalability of Valencell’s technology is what makes it stand out from other options and enables the data to be applicable to health assessments.

Valencell licenses its biometric sensor technology to enable customers to create custom-designed biometric wearable devices. Valencell also recently introduced a turn-key biometric sensor system with the complete PerformTek technology package ready for immediate integration into wrist and arm wearable devices.

Valencell’s PerformTek technology is the choice of popular consumer electronics brands, including Sony, LG, Intel/SMS Audio, Jabra, Scosche, Atlas Wearables, Caeden, Clip&Talk, Kuaiwear, Bioconnected, and iriver among numerous others. PerformTek is the only technology available that continuously measures heart rate, VO2, calories burned, cadence and much more with unmatched, scientifically-validated accuracy. To learn more about licensing PerformTek, visit http://valencell.com//licensing. 

About Valencell

Valencell develops performance biometric sensor technology and licenses this patent-protected technology to consumer electronics manufacturers, mobile device and accessory makers, sports and fitness brands and gaming companies for integration into their products. Valencell’s PerformTek® biometric sensor technology employs active signal characterization, the process of segmenting raw signal data from biometric sensors into biological, motion, and environmental signals and noise. Valencell has invested years into the research and development of its PerformTek sensor technology, protected by dozens of granted patents and independently validated by the Duke Center for Living, North Carolina State University, the Human Performance Laboratory and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.