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Energy Financial Settlements

Decentralization of the world's electrical power generation continues with the introduction of demand response, distributed generation, and microgrid technologies. This Patent Forecast evaluates the fundamental payment and settlement state of the art of clearing and processing energy payment transactions.


AI Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks impose considerable costs on the economy. Virtually every industry in this information economy, such as aerospace and defense, healthcare, retail, telecom, entertainment, manufacturing, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), is concerned with their Cybersecurity. According to a recent Gartner forecast, worldwide spending on information security products and services is expected to grow to $93 billion in 2018. The global Cybersecurity market is projected to reach a size of $165.2 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 10.7%.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in commercial, industrial, and defense applications continues year over year.



Cannabis is now legally being used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety, nausea (from chemotherapy) and epilepsy. Such a potent agent, which had been locked up for a century, is understandably attracting a lot of attention. Additionally, the fact that it is a botanical means that there is room for development in plant cultivation and processing, besides the traditional pharma areas of drug synthesis, formulation, processing and delivery. So there's a lot of room and a good material to work with.



Since the 2009 Bitcoin whitepaper, crypto currencies have risen in value, enabled decentralized global trade, but also endured market value fluctuation, theft, and use as tender for illegal transactions. Blockchain-based technology grows in interest to large and small corporations and investors, many of which are staking their claims within this emerging intellectual property sector by filing patent applications with the USPTO. The Cryptocurrency 2018 Report includes expert analyst opinion and insights, the full underlying dataset or all granted and published patents, plus access to the patent radar visualization.


Biodegradable Packaging

The global need for sustainable packaging grows as awareness and regulation for greener initiatives are adopted by regulators and corporations.


Consumer Sleep Technology

Sleep plays an important role in personal health and wellness. Retail service and technology providers are integrating new data and sensory technologies to attract new customers and provide attractive products for health conscious consumers.


Solar Thin Film Photovoltaics

This sector is directed towards thin film photovoltaics, but does not include perovskite, organic, or nuclear photovoltaics or photoelectrochemical technologies.


AI Biotech / Diagnostics

Machine learning is saving lives. For almost any bodily system, research institutions and biotechnology companies alike are harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect, analyze, and predict health conditions. Though AI is not a new concept, advancements in computational power and algorithmic potential in the past decade have allowed for the application of machine learning, neural networks, and similar advanced systems in manners that were previously unavailable and on scales that were previously impossible.


Automobile Vision: LIDAR

Investment in commercialization of autonomous and semi-autonomous automobiles using machine vision technology has been on the increase for recent years. Market growth and consumer and business appetite for using machine vision in these vehicles has spurred the investment directly and through M&A activity.


Energy Storage: Bidirectional Direct Current Converters

Renewable Energies can be intermittent depending on conditions. For example, when the sun shines you need to make power, but you don’t always need that power when it’s made, so you must have a way to store it as energy.

Direct Current Bidirectional converters are a key technology for energy storage because they can have multiple streams of DC power at varying voltages. Typically, these need to be integrated into a single current with a nominal voltage.

This Patent Forecast divided into two groups: converters which convert directly (DC/DC) and converters which convert DC into an alternating current and then back into DC (DC/AC/DC).


Energy Storage: Multi-battery Charge Equalization Circuits

A battery charge equalizer provides individual cell charging in multi-cell battery strings in order to maintain all the cells at the same charge. Keeping all the cells in a multi-cell string at the same charge state maximizes the battery's life and performance. Equalization techniques require electrical circuitry to achieve cell monitoring and balancing.