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Microbatteries Industry: a Strong IP Position Is Essential

Oct. 12, 2016
The growing demand for IoT devices is directly impacting the development of innovative solutions for microbatteries.

The growing demand for new devices applied to IoT , wearable, environmental and implantable sectors is 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 $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. 

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