FarSounder said that it has received its fifth patent. The manufacturer of 3D forward-looking sonar said the most recent from the Japanese Patent Office is its first in Japan. The company said in a statement the patent relates to the invention of integrated sonar devices and methods.
"Since 2004, FarSounder has delivered reliable navigation to vessel operators. With this invention, we expand upon our innovative navigation tool. This technology will help assure our IP as we expand our product lines into new applications and markets,” said Matthew Zimmerman, FarSounder vice president of engineering in the statement. Zimmerman was one of the inventors.
The FarSounder invention relates to sonar devices that integrate forward-looking sensors with down-looking echosounders, side scanning sonar or both. It includes a forward-looking sonar device that operates in an integrated fashion with one or more sonar devices.