The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the requirements of different applications to reduce environmental and societal impact of batteries, as well as the growing importance of technologies such as nickel-metal hydride batteries, and cobalt and natural graphite in lithium-ion batteries. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Electric vehicles in Automotive: Battery discharge regulation.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Battery discharge regulation is a key innovation area in electric vehicles 

A discharge regulator is a storage capacitor or capacitor bank backup regulator. It is designed to efficiently transfer power between a storage element and a system supply rail in reversible buck and boost operations using the same inductor.

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 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of battery discharge regulation. 

Key players in battery discharge regulation – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry  

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

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

Patent volumes related to battery discharge regulation

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Cosmo Electronics 28 Unlock company profile
Toyota Motor 17 Unlock company profile
Lithium Werks 13 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 11 Unlock company profile
Xiaomi 10 Unlock company profile
Squarex 10 Unlock company profile
Hyundai Motor Group 7 Unlock company profile
Nissan Motor 7 Unlock company profile
Sony Group 6 Unlock company profile
ON Semiconductor 5 Unlock company profile
Honeywell International 5 Unlock company profile
Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Cosmo Electronics is one of the leading patent filers in battery discharge regulation for the automotive industry. The company focuses on development, manufacturing and marketing of electrical and electronic products. Some other key patent filers in the automotive industry include Panasonic, Toyota motors, Lithium Werks, and Squarex.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Electric Vehicles (EV)

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.