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A patent application filed by Facebook, now Meta, almost two years ago has become public this year. Titled “3D Conversations in an Artificial Reality Environment,” it attempts to patent “[a] 3D conversation system [that] can facilitate 3D conversations in an augmented reality environment, allowing conversation participants to appear as if they are [sic] face-to-face.” While these words might evoke sci-fi imagery, such as conversing with a hologram projected from a device or displayed on futuristic contact lenses, the current reality is a far cry from that. What we have instead is the groundwork: a corporate arms race involving patents to become the brand-name provider of the so-called “metaverse.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on March 21, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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