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 could be adapted to the microbatteries. The door to innovation is now wide open.

Today KnowMade, partner of Yole Développement, proposes a new patent landscape analysis titled Microbattery, dedicated to the microbatteries IP world and taking into account more than 300 patent applicants. Under a booming market in mutation, some players stand out by their IP position, announces KnowMade.

Today micro-sized batteries are only commercialized by few players: PowerPaper, Cymbet, Infinite Power Solutions and ST Microelectronics. In parallel, Johnson Battery Technology, Front Edge Technology and I-Ten are working on prototypes and expect to commercialize them within two years. Competition is fierce and KnowMade’s experts highlight the recent mergers and acquisitions: Apple and Infinite Power Solutions – Dyson and SAKTI3 are part of the numerous examples. Such level of transactions is showing the good performance of the microbatteries market, still under transformation. Moreover market analysts announce a US$ 7 million market in 2015, with a growth to US$ 400 million by 2026.

Under its latest patent landscape analysis, KnowMade brings to light the incredible number of enforceable patents, which has reached a critical level worldwide. The technology intelligence and IP strategy consulting company announces, several companies stand out by their strong IP  position and first patent litigations have recently appeared… “The strong IP position is essential for companies to grow their microbatteries business,” comments Dr Fleur Thissandier from KnowMade. And she adds: “Indeed more than 900 patented inventions related to microbatteries have been published worldwide up to May 2016 by more than 300 patent applications. Such figures reflect the dynamism of the microbatteries market.” Very active in this field, CEA is still the main patent holder around the world. But according to KnowMade analysis, Cymbet, Polyplus Battery, Infinite Power Solutions and Panasonic have the strongest patent portfolios with a real IP blocking potential. Moreover microbattery patent analysis from KnowMade provides a ranking and details the relative strength of the top patent holders derived from their patent portfolio size, patent citation networks, countries of patent filings and current legal status of patents and much more.

KnowMade has developed a unique understanding of patent and scientific information that enables the patent analysis company to accurately analyze IP and research findings. Today, it is crucial to understand the global patent landscape in order to anticipate changes, harvest business opportunities, mitigate risks and make strategic decisions to strengthen one’s market position and maximize return on one’s IP portfolio. “At KnowMade, we strongly believe there are strategic information for business development into patents and scientific communications,” explains Dr Nicolas Baron, Founder & CEO from KnowMade “Our daily challenge is to highlight opportunities and threats likely to alter our clients’ business growth.”

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About our analyst
Olivier Thomas, MSc, Olivier works at Knowmade in the field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. He holds an MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Paris VI University (France). He also holds an Industrial Property International Studies Diploma in Patents and Trademarks from the CEIPI (Strasbourg, France).

About Knowmade
Knowmade is a Technology Intelligence and IP Strategy consulting company specialized in analysis of patents and scientific information. The company helps innovative companies and R&D organizations to understand their competitive landscape, follow technology trends, and find out opportunities and threats in terms of technology and patents.
Knowmade’s analysts combine their strong technology expertise and in-depth knowledge of patents with powerful analytics tools and methodologies to turn patents and scientific information into business-oriented report for decision makers working in R&D, Innovation Strategy, Intellectual Property, and Marketing. Our experts provide prior art search, patent landscape analysis, scientific literature analysis, patent valuation, IP due diligence and freedom-to-operate analysis. In parallel the company proposes litigation/licensing support, technology scouting and IP/technology watch service.
Knowmade has a solid expertise in Compound Semiconductors, Power Electronics, Batteries, RF Technologies & Wireless Communications, Solid-State Lighting & Display, Photonics, Memories, MEMS & Solid-State Sensors/Actuators, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Packaging & Assembly, Medical Devices, Medical Imaging, Microfluidics, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics, and Agri-Food.