The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electrode active materials is driven by the increasing demand for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), consumer electronics, and grid-scale energy storage to ensure improved stability, energy density, and durability. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Batteries in automotive: electrode active materialsBuy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Electrode active materials is a key innovation area in batteries

Electrode active materials in Li-ion batteries refer to the materials used in the electrodes of these batteries to store energy through the intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium ions during charging and discharging. These materials need to have high energy density, excellent cycling stability, high-rate capability, and low cost to improve the overall performance and reduce the cost of Li-ion batteries.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of electrode active materials.

Key players in electrode active materials – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to electrode active materials

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 7 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 8 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 25 Unlock Company Profile
NTT 67 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 108 Unlock Company Profile
Schaeffler 25 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 7 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 8 Unlock Company Profile
Benteler International 11 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 44 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 16 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 27 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 7 Unlock Company Profile
ThyssenKrupp 6 Unlock Company Profile
NTN 35 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 59 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 9 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 15 Unlock Company Profile
Microelectronica MASER 13 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 54 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 12 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 48 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 30 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 7 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 22 Unlock Company Profile
Polaris 8 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 20 Unlock Company Profile
Nikola 22 Unlock Company Profile
Karma Automotive 6 Unlock Company Profile
Gogoro 11 Unlock Company Profile
Indigo Technologies 25 Unlock Company Profile
FOMM 14 Unlock Company Profile
Canoo 12 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 75 Unlock Company Profile
REE Automotive 6 Unlock Company Profile
BD Auto and energy 13 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

LG Chem is one of the leading patent filers in lithium-ion battery electrode active materials. It has patented a new material coated with lithium phosphate (LiPO4), which offers improved stability and increased energy density and power density, making it a promising candidate for electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and grid-scale energy storage. Some other key patent filers in this space include Murata and Sony.

In terms of application diversity, Mitsui Mining leads the pack, while GS Yuasa and Brookfield Asset Management stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Umicore held the top position, followed by Commonwealth Scientific and Furukawa.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.