Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) (the "Company"), which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial applications, today announced that the U.S. Patent Office next week will be issuing a patent on the Company’s revolutionary wirelessly conducted and controlled electroshock weapon. The Company plans to enter the nonlethal weapon market now that it has protected its innovation in this market. The Company filed the underlying U.S. Patent Application for its first electroshock weapon in May 2015.
The U.S. Patent Office will issue on December 12, 2017, U.S. Patent No. 9,841,259 (the '259 Patent) for a wirelessly conducted electronic weapon system, referred to as a Non-Lethal Weapon, and typically utilized by law enforcement personnel to control noncompliant and aggressive subjects. As designed, the electroshock weapon would fire a wireless direct contact projectile from a launcher to administer the shock to the subject. The launcher is controlled by radio frequency. In addition to reducing the projectile velocity at launch and allowing the officer to control the shock wirelessly through radio frequency, the Company's wirelessly controlled electronic weapon is designed to be compact, easy to carry, and provide improved accuracy. This weapon combines the advantages of conventional conducted electroshock weapons (CEWs) and long-range electroshock weapons without the wires and safety threat limitations the current technology poses to the subject. The technology embodied in Digital Ally’s ’259 Patent represents a significant advancement to current CEW technology, which is many years old.
In the conventional non-lethal weapon market, there are three types of electroshock weapons. First, there are direct contact CEWs, such as stun guns and cattle prods, which can only administer the shock while in contact with the subject and must be in arm's reach of the subject. Second, there are CEWs that fire projectiles that administer the shock via thin wires. The shock from a CEW is limited to the length of the wire and limited to one charge. Finally, there are long-range CEWs.