Our Technology: Non Lethal-StunRay Patents


Our intellectual property is protected by design (7,497,586) and method (7,866,082) patents issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2009 and 2011, respectively.  The patents also include European PCT filing rights.

The method patent, which was featured in the April 2011 issue of Scientific American,  includes a broad claim for providing a high intensity incoherent light beam emitting device, where the device has a short-arc lamp, aiming the device at one or more target individuals, and then activating the device to produce a light beam that incapacitates the individual(s).  Since a short-arc lamp is not only the closest possible practical implementation to an ideal point source of visible light, but also the highest possible performance source for applications that require projecting a tightly focused collimated beam of incoherent visible light for relatively long ranges, the patent provides Genesis Illumination with a 20 year sustainable advantage over all possible competitors of incoherent light-based non-lethal weapons, who are now restricted to use lower performance light sources.

A continuing patent application with 10 additional claims was submitted to the USPTO in January of 2011, and is pending.  These claims will help to ensure that the performance of our next generation products continues to stay ahead of the competition.


The StunRay technology is both modular and scalable, to enable the rapid development of non-lethal or less-lethal weapons that are optimize for specific end uses.  For example, multiple StunRay sources may be arrayed and mounted to vehicles, ships, or fixed sights to provide a non-lethal or less-lethal capability to give first responders a true long range, continuously variable, and pain-free choice between shoot and don’t shoot, at greater stand-off distances than other currently available non-lethal or less-lethal weapons.  And, since the StunRay “bullets” are photons, the weapon does not require periodic reloading of physical ammunition.