Back in July of 2009 I wrote a quick blog post about LightLane that concluded with the following remark:
Unfortunately, it isn’t for purchase yet.
I just happened to see the old post, so I did some digging to see what ever became of the LightLane. Googling turns up results from 2009 and no mention of actual product releases. A quick patent search shows that LightLane LLC did finally get their patent filed in December of 2011. I searched for similar products and found a number of them. The best of which seems to be: EasyAcc Bicycle Light with Parallel Beam. There are also a bunch of other similar products such as the X-Fire Taillight with Laser Lane Marker and Pellor Bicycle Bike Laser Tail Light.
I can only conclude that once LightLane LLC received their patent, they immediately solicited companies to license it from them. I find the whole story to be fascinating and hopefully I’ll be able to piece more of it together. It seems like I should be able to find something about the patent in public records. I’ll have to ask my more legally-inclined friends.