Research Frontiers Incorporated develops and markets technology and devices to control the flow of light. It develops and licenses suspended particle device (SPD-Smart) light-control technology to companies that manufacture and market the SPD-Smart chemical emulsion, light-control film made from the chemical emulsion, lamination services, and electronics to power end-products incorporating the film; or the end-products, such as windows, skylights, and sunroofs. In 2013, the company launched VariGuard business unit that markets and sells SPD-Smart products directly to customers for specialty uses, such as the protection of artwork and light-sensitive documents in museums and private collections. SPD-Smart Automotive Products The company and its licensees are working with various automotive manufacturers to introduce SPD-Smart windows, sunroofs and roof systems on both concept and production vehicles. The company’s end-product licensees in this sector include American Glass Products; Asahi Glass; BOS Automotive; Custom Glass; Daimler AG; DuPont; GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems; Isoclima; Pilkington Glass; Pittsburgh Glass Works; Saint-Gobain Vision Systems; Tint-It JSC; and Advnanotech. SPD-Smart Architectural Products The company and its licensees work with multiple architectural customers to introduce SPD-Smart products including windows, skylights, partitions and doors. The company’s end-product licensees in this sector include Advnanotech (ADV); American Glass Products (AGP); Asahi Glass; Cricursa Cristales Curvados; ID Research Pty Ltd. (i-Glass); Innovative Glass; LTI SmartGlass; Prelco; Isoclima; Traco; Mecanica de Vidros Industria E Comercio (MDV); and Tint-It JSC. SPD-Smart Marine Products The company and its licensees work with marine customers to introduce SPD-Smart products including windows, doors and partitions. In 2010, Diamond Sea Glaze Manufacturing Ltd. acquired a license from the company granting it the right to manufacture and sell SPD-Smart marine end-products worldwide. When its patented SPD-Smart light-control technology is used in yacht windows and other products, users can quickly and precisely control and ‘tune’ the amount of light, glare and heat coming through their windows, while preserving their view. VariGuard Business Unit In 2013, the company announced the formation of its VariGuard business unit. This business unit allows the company to directly address market opportunities for SPD technology outside the scope of its license agreements or the focus of its licensees. The VariGuard business unit markets and sells SPD-Smart products directly to customers for specialty uses, such as the protection of artwork and light-sensitive documents in museums and private collections. VariGuard provides display panels that limit an artifact's light-exposure only to when the artifact is being viewed. In 2014, the VariGuard business unit announced that Omega Moulding would distribute its patented light control SmartGlass products for frames and display cases in the United States and Canada. In 2013, the company announced that Magic Sky Control would be offered as an option on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. In addition, the company announced that Magic Sky Control would be offered as an option on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, renamed from CL or CL-Class. Research and Development The company incurred approximately $1,555,000, as of December 31, 2013, for research and development activities. Patents The company has 27 United States and 234 foreign patents in force. The company’s patents expire at various dates from 2014 through 2029, while its foreign patents expire at various dates from 2014 through 2030. Trademarks The company uses the following trademarks: SPD-Smart, SPD-SmartGlass, VaryFast, SPD-CleanTech, SPD Clean Technology, SmartGlass, The View of the Future - Everywhere you Look, Powered by SPD, Powered by SPD-CleanTech, Powered by SPD Clean Technology, SG Enabled, SPD Green and Clean, SPD On-Board, Speed Matters, VariGuard and Visit SmartGlass.com - to change your view of the world. History Research Frontiers Incorporated was founded in 1965. The company was incorporated in New York in 1965.
research frontiers inc (REFR:NASDAQ CM)
240 Crossways Park Drive
Woodbury, NY 11797
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