Resonant, the missing link that allows Murata to address the high bands of 5G – sub 6GHz

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France – May 3, 2022 | In February 2022, Murata and Resonant announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire Resonant for $4.50 per share in cash (see the press release). For years, Knowmade has been monitoring patenting activity related to RF acoustic wave filters through dedicated Quarterly[…]

Luminar’s patent portfolio supporting Mercedes-Benz’ strategic move toward LiDAR adoption in automotive applications

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France – February 4, 2022 | In January 2022, Mercedes-Benz, the consumer brand of Daimler, acquired a stake in Luminar Technologies equaling about 1.5 million shares, less than 1% of the company (see here). Such an acquisition results in the collaboration between two important players in the LiDAR for automotive patent landscape. Indeed,[…]

Silicon Carbide (SiC) patents support the emergence of a complete domestic supply chain in China

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France – January 20, 2022 | Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices hold great promise as the electric vehicle (EV) market gets better and better, with forecasts announcing a double-digit annual growth rate for the next decade. Indeed, most EV makers are integrating or evaluating the use of SiC power devices in different EV[…]

Sanan Optoelectronics: A new entrant reshuffling the cards in the global SiC patent landscape and in the Chinese SiC power device market

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France – October 1, 2021 | China’s largest LED chip maker, Sanan Optoelectronics, is accelerating its strategy to become a leading silicon carbide (SiC) device supplier, anticipating a take-off in demand from the Chinese automotive market over the next decade. Indeed, the project of a mega-fab in Changsha (Hunan, China) that could handle[…]