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The MEMS Gyroscope patent landscape is heating up! Key features of the report:

  •     Gyroscope market’s status and technological developments

o    MEMS gyroscope market and 2013 competition
o    Technology trends for front-end manufacturing, assembly and software

  •     Statistical analysis of existing IP

o    Patent landscape overview
o    Top industrial and academic players
o    Details on geography, inventors, legal status, etc.
o    Collaborations mapping
o    Segmentation by patent type (MEMS design/IC/ Software)

  •     Patent ranking and in-depth analysis of 30 key patents
  •     Focus on STMicroelectronics, InvenSense and Bosch patent portfolios
  •     Analysis of the link between IP and industry trends

Understanding The Key Players’ Patent Portfolios

About 200 players are involved in MEMS gyroscope technologies, but the top 10 represents 63% of the patents filed!

Panasonic and Murata lead the way. Both were early players in the industry, with piezo/ceramicstyle gyroscopes.

Other players such as Analog Devices, Robert Bosch, ST and InvenSense developed their technologies based on silicon substrates and the capacitive detection principle. It’s important to note that these players’ MEMS portfolios are generally much larger than what’s included in this report, since many of their patents are generic publications which can apply to many types of MEMS components, and not specifically to gyros.

This report provides an in-depth patent portfolio analysis of the three assignees which is identified as today’s industry leaders: ST, InvenSense and Robert Bosch. For each company, analysis highlights the following areas:

  •     Patent evolution chart
  •     Analysis of patent geography, inventors, legal status and citations
  •     Top patents

An Accurate Segmentation Highlighting The Major IP Trends That Will Shape Tomorrow’s MEMS Gyro Industry -

For our MEMS gyroscope patent analysis, more than 4,700 patent families were screened. 53% of them were classified as relevant or related, and worthy of further study. A closer look revealed that intense patenting activity began in the late 80’s, stabilized in the 90’s and then increased over the past 10 years. The first MEMS gyroscope patents are quite old and the technology has evolved greatly in the past few years, so understanding the most recent evolutions is essential.

“In domain” patents are mostly filed by firms and universities located in Japan and the USA. However, a significant portion of the actual business is done by German (Robert Bosch) and Italian (STMicroelectronics) companies. The lesson: generating patents don’t mean generating business!

This report also provides a database of all the relevant patents, allowing for multi-criteria searching. The criteria are similar to those used for the technological segmentation:

Patent Information

  •     Patent publication number
  •     PDF document link
  •     Oldest priority date
  •     Title
  •     Assignee
  •     Patent potential ranking
  •     Number of citing patent families

Technological Segmentation

  •     MEMS design & process
  •     Circuit & IC design
  •     Application, software

This complete patent landscape description is included in the report and provides all background materials utilized for the MEMS gyroscope patent landscape analysis. Also included is a complete analysis of patents’ geographical origins, companies and R&D organizations which have been granted patents, historical data on companies’ patent applications over the last 40 years, patent inventors, expiration status, R&D collaborations, and much more.

The comb drive design in silicon MEMS is a winning technology approach, allowing for miniaturization, cost reduction and a high level of integration. As this capacitive detection approach is now mature, it’s important to consider the latest IP activity since radical technology approaches will need developing.

A segmentation was created and a ranking of the most important patents was undertaken to identify:

  •     Top-cited patents: historically important in the past
  •     Top-ranked patents: important for the future

30 key patents are detailed, and a ranking of their strengths and weaknesses is provided. The ranking is based on unique methodology, which evaluates 13 parameters:

  •     Description
  •     Legal status
  •     Independent claims
  •     Geographical protection
  •     Life expectancy
  •     Competitor type
  •     Applicant type
  •     Technology infringement capability
  •     Innovation intensity of application field
  •     Innovation type
  •     Market size
  •     Application filed
  •     Geographical application

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Objectives Of The Report

  •     Overview of “who owns what” in terms of patents for MEMS gyroscope sensors and gyro-based applications, plus a dedicated focus on the most active top players
  •     Presentation of MEMS gyroscope’s current industrial and business status
  •     Definition and delivery of a database containing all relevant patents, with technological segmentation
  •     Identify key patents and the owners of these patents
  •     Identify structures IP concepts from a technological and an industrial point-of-view, leading to business and strategic conclusions
  •     Analyze the link between patents, technology implementation and business status

Major companies are listed.

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