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The IPO is taking a leading role in co-ordinating enforcement of IP rights and horizon scanning to ensure that policy making services are ready to respond to, and engage with, future challenges and opportunities; one area of interest is 3D printing. The Patent Informatics team have recently been investigating worldwide patenting activity for this technology area and this report will contribute to the evidence base for potential policy in 3D printing and identify prospective new avenues for research.
The EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is investigating UK funding of quantum technologies to establish the UK as a leading player in a developing quantum technologies industry. This report provides a review of patent data on selected quantum technologies, drawing comparisons between the UK and elsewhere. Overall, the UK is found to be strong in quantum technologies.
In 2011 the Informatics Team produced a report on the graphene patent landscape. Given the high-profile interest of this material and its apparent interest to scientists, technologists and policy-makers alike, an updated report has been produced looking at the worldwide graphene patent landscape in 2013 and how it has changed over the last two years.
It is predicted that by 2014 close to half of all UK households will own a 3DTV. The patent data shows that all the major consumer electronics brands are investing heavily in 3DTV research and development, with patent publications increasing by 350% between 2009 and 2012.
The UK National Stem Cell Network provided the stem cell community with regular digests of both published patent applications and granted patents in the field of stem cells.
This report provides an updated patent landscape overview for the period 1 November 2008 - 31 October 2011 with a detailed focus on the current patent landscape and the changes in stem cell patenting over the last two years.
Agrifood includes agriculture, horticulture, and food and drink processing technologies. The relative specialisation index (RSI) was used to rank countries according to their degree of specialisation in agrifood. New Zealand, Russia, Hungary, Denmark, and Argentina lead according to the RSI. The UK shows the expected level of patenting according to this measure.
In response to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, the IPO has conducted an investigation into a set of technology sectors for potential evidence and indicators of patent thickets.
A system defining different types of thickets according to technology maturity and sector is proposed; and the potential effects of these thickets on new market entrants (such as SMEs) in these technology sectors is considered.
In this report, a set of basic indicators identifying and ranking patent thickets is suggested, and some initial work in an automated thicket detection methodology is discussed.
Following on from the worldwide overview, this report focuses on the patent landscape in relation to UK based patent applicants and inventors.
Graphene is a nanomaterial consisting of sheets of carbon atoms a single layer thick in a hexagonal arrangement. It has been referred to as the miracle material of the 21st Century and its public profile was boosted when the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of Manchester University. This report gives an overview of the worldwide patent landscape.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills undertook a stock-take of regenerative medicine in the UK. This report provides an up-to-date overview of the UK patent landscape.
Are patents a useful tool for assessing the potential of science-intensive, emerging disruptive technologies? This paper was presented at the European Patent Office's Patent Statistics for Decision Makers conference in 2009.
UK nanotechnology innovation patent data reveals commercial and academic strengths and collaborations and yields specific assignee profiles. High level sectors are analysed and contrasted, key patents identified and a comparison is drawn between UK and global nanotechnology innovation.
Worldwide patent data covering mixed waste streams is analysed, observing geographical and sector trends. In particular, under-represented sectors are identified. Specific patents exemplify observations.
Worldwide patent data is contrasted with GB innovation identifying sector trends and specific expertise. Specific patents are noted for their influence on the landscape. Legislative and social influences are surmised.
New 3D Printing report published
This report by the Informatics Team provides a review of patent data on 3D printing. The report (2.77Mb) is now available.
18 November 2013
New Quantum Technologies report published
This report by the Informatics Team provides a review of patent data on selected quantum technologies. The report (1.05Mb) is now available.
10 October 2013
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4 June 2013
- Innovation Policy
Providing evidence of the emerging trends in technology
Identifying the technologies that could create a whole new market
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Analysing the flow of knowledge and collaborations
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