The semiconductor industry, an attractive playground for patent trolls

“WiLAN is probably the major threat to semiconductor companies”, announces Nicolas Baron, CEO & co-founder of KnowMade. Indeed, during 2015, this PLC  (or patent troll) acquired lot of patents from semiconductor companies including Infineon Technologies/Qimonda, Freescale and more. The company also filed patent litigations involving these assets several months later. The KnowMade’s patent litigation risk[…]

How is 3D TSV a reality?

3D is becoming a key technology platform for increase integration, either for heterogeneous integration (like for MEMS and CMOS image sensor) or for increasing the performances (like for DRAM and IC partitioning). When a company has started to adopt TSV, there is no turning back. In 2016 again, both market segments, high end and low[…]

Fan-out: the most dynamic IP landscape in advanced packaging

In the fast-growing Fan-Out market showing 80% increase between 2015 and 2017 , it is today essential to deeply understand the patent strategies of the key players. The Technology Intelligence & IP  Strategy Company, KnowMade has thoroughly investigated the Fan-Out packaging patent landscape and releases today the new patent landscape analysis titled Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging.[…]

Microbatteries industry: a strong IP position is essential

The growing demand for new devices applied to IoT, wearable, environmental and implantable sectors is confirmed and directly impacting the development of innovative solutions for microbatteries. “New microbatteries technologies are intimately linked to batteries, microelectronics and nanomaterials fields”, explains KnowMade in its latest report. Indeed new battery technologies, electrodes and electrolytes materials developed for batteries[…]

The gas sensor market is about to change

Nowadays, the number of enforceable patents dedicated to miniaturized gas sensors is increasing worldwide, and several companies already stand out by their strong IP  position. According Yole Développement’s analysts , the market size of gas sensors for consumer applications should grow from US$12 million in 2015 to more than US$95 million in 2021, with an[…]