The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in mixed-metal oxide lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is driven by increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and longer-lasting, safer, sustainable, and affordable  portable electronics, and growing importance of technologies such as  high-nickel  and single-crystal cathode materials, silicon and germanium anodes, and solid-state electrolytes. 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: mixed-metal oxide Li-ion batteryBuy the report here.

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Mixed-metal oxide Li-ion battery is a key innovation area in batteries

Mixed-metal oxide Li-ion battery refers to a type of lithium-ion battery that uses a mixed-metal oxide material as a cathode. This type of battery is known for its high energy density and long cycle life.

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 mixed-metal oxide Li-ion battery.

Key players in mixed-metal oxide Li-ion battery – 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 mixed-metal oxide Li-ion battery

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Fujifilm 25 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical 27 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 115 Unlock Company Profile
Umicore 51 Unlock Company Profile
SK Innovation 45 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung SDI 149 Unlock Company Profile
Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha 58 Unlock Company Profile
Idemitsu Kosan 55 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 44 Unlock Company Profile
Nemaska Lithium 20 Unlock Company Profile
Tohoku Techno Arch 22 Unlock Company Profile
ITI Scotland 36 Unlock Company Profile
GS Yuasa 32 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 32 Unlock Company Profile
Wildcat Discovery Technologies 20 Unlock Company Profile
ENEOS 26 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 54 Unlock Company Profile
Central Glass 24 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 24 Unlock Company Profile
Toda Kogyo 50 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Shokubai 38 Unlock Company Profile
LG 275 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Chemical 50 Unlock Company Profile
Albemarle 63 Unlock Company Profile
Solvay 41 Unlock Company Profile
LOTTE Fine Chemical 31 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsui Mining & Smelting 57 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Metal Mining 75 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Chemical Group 34 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 21 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 30 Unlock Company Profile
NGK Insulators 24 Unlock Company Profile
POSCO 91 Unlock Company Profile
Clariant 26 Unlock Company Profile
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory 25 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 35 Unlock Company Profile
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission 22 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

LG is one of the leading patent filers in mixed-metal oxide  Li-ion battery technology. The company filed  patents for enhanced cycleability and longevity of Li-ion batteries. Some other key patent filers in this space include Samsung SDI and Toyota Motor.

In terms of application diversity, Sharp leads the pack, while ITI Scotland and Sumitomo stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, ITI Scotland held the top position, followed by Sharp and Mitsubishi Chemical.

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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