The dilemma of working for a “weapon manufacturing company”

I interviewed with Axon for a product manager role to develop services for body-worn cameras for police officers. At that time, I had not thought about the fact that Axon is the company responsible for TASER conductive electrical weapons (CEWs). A few weeks after starting my new role, I was offered the additional responsibility of developing services for TASER CEWs. At that moment, I was hit with a moral and ethical dilemma. I was working for a weapon manufacturing company and would be on the team that makes TASER CEWs.

Axon/Digital Ally Patent Claim Updates

This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,712,730 to Digital Ally, whose claim described both body-worn devices with separate cameras and recorders and the capability to insert markers into the videos being recorded. Digital Ally’s claim, which refers to technology we introduced in our Axon Pro cameras back in 2009, was originally filed in 2012, which is three years after the filing of Axon’s pending 2009 patent application covering these same innovations, among others. As such, Axon has a number of strong legal options available going forward.

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