Sensor Patent Landscape: Sorting Through the Crowd in Search of Gold

September 29, 2016 | State of the Market Report

This report analyzes patent trends of five different sensor types across five value chains, finding that the adoption and market for different sensor types vary by industry. The industries with the lowest barriers to entry for a majority of sensor types are in the consumer and medical device industries. Other industries, like automotive, have high barriers to entry across a majority of sensor types due to high patent activity from incumbent suppliers or from a lack of adoption from downstream OEMs.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Sensors

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Landscape
  • Overall sensor patents and trends
  • Patent trends of physical sensors
  • Patent trends of gas and chemical sensors
  • Patent trends of biometric sensors
  • Patent trends of environmental sensors
  • Patent trends of vital-sign sensors
  • Analysis
  • Analyzing the patents from the automotive industry
  • Analyzing the patents from the food and agriculture industry
  • Analyzing the patents from the consumer electronics industry
  • Analyzing the patents from the medical device industry
  • Analyzing the patents from the building and industrial industry
  • Developers of sensors need to target the right industries to avoid high barriers to entry
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Tiffany Huang
Research Associate


Pallavi Madakasira
Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.

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