The power industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as growing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and digitization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 656,000 patents filed and granted in the power industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Batteries in power: sensor-integrated battery packs. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 70,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the power industry, there are 40+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Sensor-integrated battery packs is a key innovation area in batteries
Sensor-integrated battery packs are battery packs that include sensors and circuits for detecting and preventing various defects or hazards that may occur during battery operation.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 200+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established power companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of sensor-integrated battery packs.
Key players in sensor-integrated battery packs – a disruptive innovation in the power industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to sensor-integrated battery packs
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|LG Corp||236||Unlock Company Profile|
|Samsung SDI Co Ltd||212||Unlock Company Profile|
|MinebeaMitsumi Inc||154||Unlock Company Profile|
|Panasonic Holdings Corp||140||Unlock Company Profile|
|GS Yuasa Corp||128||Unlock Company Profile|
|Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp Ltd||113||Unlock Company Profile|
|Noco Co., Ltd||112||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd||90||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dexerials Corp||88||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toshiba Corp||71||Unlock Company Profile|
|Brookfield Corp||66||Unlock Company Profile|
|Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH||64||Unlock Company Profile|
|Johnson Controls International Plc||52||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hyundai Motor Co||45||Unlock Company Profile|
|Xiaomi Corp||42||Unlock Company Profile|
|SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd||39||Unlock Company Profile|
|Samsung Group||39||Unlock Company Profile|
|ITM Semiconductor Co Ltd||33||Unlock Company Profile|
|Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd||33||Unlock Company Profile|
|Kia Corp||29||Unlock Company Profile|
|SK Innovation Co Ltd||28||Unlock Company Profile|
|O2Micro International Ltd||28||Unlock Company Profile|
|Stihl Holding AG & Co KG||27||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toyota Motor Corp||27||Unlock Company Profile|
|Yazaki Corp||26||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hitachi Ltd||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Microchip Technology Inc||23||Unlock Company Profile|
|Philip Morris International Inc||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Quanta Computer Inc||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.||22||Unlock Company Profile|
|Denso Corp||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|HK Holdings Co Ltd||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|Porsche Automobil Holding SE||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Furukawa Co Ltd||17||Unlock Company Profile|
|Bayerische Motoren Werke AG||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|Microsoft Corp||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|BYD Co Ltd||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|Littelfuse Inc||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toyota Industries Corp||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Bourns Inc||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|Motorola Solutions Inc||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|A123 Systems LLC||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|Makita Corp||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|Nileworks Inc.||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Yamaha Motor Co Ltd||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|General Electric Co||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|NEC Corp||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sony Group Corp||10||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
LG is one of the leading patent filers in sensor-integrated battery packs. It is a diversified holding company that manufactures and sells electronic products, chemicals and telecommunication products through its subsidiaries and affiliates. Its product portfolio includes consumer electronics, mobile communications, and home appliances. The company also offers petrochemicals, household and cosmetic products, IT and electronic materials, and energy solutions. Some other key patent filers include Samsung, MinebeaMitsumi, and Panasonic.
In terms of application diversity, Baidu leads the pack, while NEC and Alelion Batteries stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Noco held the top position, followed by Brookfield and Microchip Technology.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the power industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Batteries in Power.