News from HIMPP

December 27, 2022

HIMPP has acquired a patent family (US10218223) from Japanese conglomerate Nitto Denko on control of hearing aids between an operational state and a charging state. Nitto Denko is a world-renowned manufacturer of batteries and charging solutions, and the patent fit well into the HIMPP portfolio with its specific focus on charging solutions in the hearing aid/OTC device space.

February 8, 2021

HIMPP acquires the entire iHear Medical Inc. patent portfolio. The acquisition of the iHear Medical portfolio is the largest single acquisition by HIMPP, since its foundation 25 years ago in 1996. The iHear Medical portfolio comprises more than 50 granted US patents of more than 60 granted patents globally as well as a number of pending patent applications. The portfolio targets a variety of hearing aid related technologies such as self-hearing-testing, self-fitting, health monitoring and activity tracking via hearing aids. The patents may be licensed by any company, who may benefit from operating under these patents according to our 1% FRAND license program or by joining HIMPP as a full partner.

See the iHear Medical Inc. patents

September 28, 2020

HIMPP acquires the patent portfolio of US wireless earbud manufacturer Acouva Inc.. The patents concern a variety of technologies from bone conduction aided devices to charger cases.

See the Acouva Inc. patents

August 10, 2020

HIMPP acquires patents from ExSilent Research. The patents concern RITE hearing aids with microphones in the ear canal, self-fitting tests and mechanical constructions such as pull members for easy removal of hearing aids from the ear.

See the ExSilent Research patents

Febrary 1, 2020

Stefan Launer is new Chairman of the Board of Directors in HIMPP

Niels Jacobsen resigned from the position as Chairman of the Board, which he held since the foundation of HIMPP in 1996. Stefan Launer takes over his role at the Board.

November 19, 2019

The Hearing Instruments Manufacturers Patent Partnership (HIMPP) and Intellectual Ventures (IV) enter a License Agreement

The Hearing Instruments Manufacturers Patent Partnership (HIMPP) announced today it has entered into an intellectual property license agreement providing HIMPP access to Intellectual Ventures’ (IV’s) patent portfolio within the field of use of Hearing Aids and technologies relating to Hearing Impairment. Non-HIMPP members are invited to join that license agreement through a HIMPP membership or through a HIMPP license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms without a HIMPP membership. Details on scope and terms can be shared with potential licensees under NDA by contacting HIMPP (

The license agreement between HIMPP and IV is on a non-exclusive basis and other licenses to IV’s patent portfolio may therefore be negotiated directly with IV and independent of HIMPP.

October 1, 2019

US Patent 10433074 “Hearing augmentation systems and methods” has been granted to HIMPP.

September 4, 2019

European Patent 2109934 “Personalized sound system hearing profile selection” has been granted to HIMPP.

August 20, 2019

US Patent 10390155 “Hearing augmentation systems and methods” has been granted to HIMPP.

July 2, 2019

US Patent 10341791 “Hearing augmentation systems and methods” has been granted to HIMPP.

June 1, 2019

European Patent Attorney Hans Jørgen Rindorf joins HIMPP in support of our increasing activities.

May 7, 2019

US Patent 10284998 “Hearing augmentation systems and methods” has been granted to HIMPP.

July 18, 2018

European Patent 2596620 “Method of remotely controlling an ear-level device functional element” has been granted to HIMPP.

May 30, 2018

European Patent 1216599 “Producing and storing hearing profiles and customized audio data” has been granted to HIMPP.

April 19, 2018

A new HIMPP Code of Conduct has been ratified. A complete review of HIMPPs compliance with US Antitrust laws and European competition law has been carried out during 2017 and the first part of 2018 by leading law firms in antitrust and competition law in both US and Europe. HIMPP was found to be compliant in all governing agreements and procedures. In an effort to secure continued compliance, some of the procedures already governing the co-operation have now been explicitly mentioned in our updated Code of Conduct to support day-to-day efforts in maintaining a compliant behavior.

April 19, 2018

CEO of HIMPP Søren Westermann voluntarily resigns after 22 years in service, but remains on the HIMPP Board of Directors. Søren Westermann was part of the small group of initiators of the HIMPP co-operation back in the 90’es and has for more than two decades been one of the key driving factors in the HIMPP efforts to protect the hearing aid space from IP trolling. The mission of HIMPP already back then and still is to secure free competition between the hearing aid manufacturers ultimately to the benefit of the hearing aid users. Søren Westermann will remain closely connected to the HIMPP activities through continued membership on the Board of Directors. The new CEO as of April 19 is former COO of HIMPP Stinus Jeppesen.

March 30, 2018

HIMPP acquires patents from SoundID and SoundHawk. The patents concern personalized hearing aid systems and methods of personalizing hearing aid systems and profiles remotely and in real time and apparatuses for that.

See the SoundID and SoundHawk patents

April 28, 2017

HIMPP acquires patents from Galler. The patents concerns digital hearing aid battery conservation method and apparatus

See the Galler patents

January 1, 2017:

HIMPP reduces running royalty from 3% to 1%, effective immediately. Partner entry share price will increase from USD1.8 to 2.5 million effective 1 July 2017

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June 30, 2016

HIMPP acquires two patent families from AT&T. The patent families concerns the interaction between hearing aids and a cellphone

See the AT&T patents

April 29, 2016

HIMPP acquires a patent from Ruwisch. The patent covers a hearing aid with a user control for adjusting the extent of noise suppresion

See the Ruwisch patents

April 14, 2016:

HIMPP acquires four patent families from On Semi-conductor. The patents cover hearing aid circuit technology

See the On Semi-conductor patents

July 27, 2015

HIMPP acquires four patent families from HEI, Inc. (Hybrid Electronics). The patents cover hearing aid circuit technology.

See the HEI patents

June 30, 2015

HIMPP acquires two patent families from Avaya, Inc. The patent families concerns the interaction between hearing aids and a cellphone.

See the Avaya patent families