The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in multiphase lithium composite batteries is driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs), improved performance and energy density, and reduced breakdown risk, and growing importance of technologies such as gradient coating, lithium-rich composite oxides, silicon-based 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: multiphase lithium composite batteriesBuy 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.

Multiphase lithium composite batteries is a key innovation area in batteries

Multiphase lithium composite batteries are lithium-ion batteries that consist of several components, including cathode, anode, separator, electrolyte, and current collectors. These batteries make use of composite materials that combine different elements, such as lithium, transition metals, and oxides, to enhance their overall performance.

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 multiphase lithium composite batteries.

Key players in multiphase lithium composite batteries – 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 multiphase lithium composite batteries

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 4 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 4 Unlock Company Profile
American Axle & Manufacturing 11 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 85 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 11 Unlock Company Profile
Melrose Industries 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 8 Unlock Company Profile
Reliance Industries 13 Unlock Company Profile
Schaeffler 26 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 10 Unlock Company Profile
NSK 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 18 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 32 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 45 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
BAE Systems 16 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 47 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 11 Unlock Company Profile
BorgWarner 15 Unlock Company Profile
Linamar 4 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 16 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 8 Unlock Company Profile
E T R 4 Unlock Company Profile
Lucid Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 34 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

LG is one of the leading patent filers- in multiphase lithium composite battery technology. It has been recently granted a patent for a new battery with longer lifespan, improved safety, and higher energy density. This technology is expected to be used in smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles. Some other key patent filers in this space includeUmicore and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory.

In terms of application diversity, SEI Investments leads the pack, while Hydro-Quebec and Robert Bosch Stiftung stood in the second and third positions,respectively. By means of geographic reach, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory held the top position, followed by Umicore and Arkema.

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.