I am pleased to announce that the Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge© report for 2017 has now been posted.

The ABC PatentEdge© report, produced by IP Checkups in cooperation with NAATBatt, summarizes worldwide patent filings for inventions relating to advanced battery and capacitor technology.

The 2017 report documents a modest rise in the number of patents filed worldwide for battery and capacitor related inventions, rising from about 24,000 in 2016 to more than 25,000 in 2017.  Patent filings in the United States outpaced filings in Europe and other patent granting jurisdictions.  Patents filings increased most rapidly in the areas of cells and materials, increasing 13% and 11% year over year, respectively.

The 2017 PatentEdge© report contains a special bonus: a drill-down into filings made on battery electrodes.  Inventions in cabon anodes, silicon anodes, lithium oxide cathodes and nickel oxide cathodes, among others, are specifically tracked.

Many readers will find the leaderboard for U.S. battery-related patent filings most interesting.  Samsung continued to lead the pack in 2017, though the number of its filings fell 11% from 2016 to 2017.  Among academic institutions, the University of California system produced the most filings, with University of Chicago-Argonne LLC being the leading filer among research institutions.  Among automotive OEM’s, Toyota was the clear leader in patent filings relating to electrode innovations.

So why does all this matter?  Patent filings are one of the best ways to predict the future path of a technology.  Press releases and media coverage are cheap and can be misleading.  Companies with large patent portfolios can spend nearly $100,000 to prepare, file and maintain a patent over the course of its life.  If you want to see what a major company really cares about—where its bets are really being made—focus on the patents that company files, not on what the press is saying.

NAATBatt members can see the 2017 Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge© report by going to www.naatbatt.org and clicking on the “Publications” tab.