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US Companies Take Up 58% of the Patent Share on Smart Home Energy Management: MIC
January 19, 2016

In recent years, energy conservation has risen up the global agenda, putting HEM (Home Energy Management) front and center in smart home energy technologies Major countries have taken measures to build infrastructure and introduce related regulations. US companies, in particular, have been more active in smart home energy management, with a larger number of vendors dedicated to this field.

After analyzing and cross-examining 3,495 patents filed with the USPTO, MIC (Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute), a Taipei-based ICT research institute, has found that by share of patents, US companies took up 57.7%, Japanese companies seized 23.1%, Korean companies held 11.5%, and European companies represented 7.7%.

R&D Intensity of Top 30 Smart Home Energy Management Patent Assignees

Assignee

Patents

Citations

Self-

citations

Inventors

Nationality

Average Patent Age

Years since first patent was filed

Ranking

Samsung

125

94

0

351

3

4

15

1

General Electric

124

47

9

212

2

3

10

2

LG

112

26

2

255

3

5

13

3

Panasonic

101

48

1

233

2

4

14

4

Sony

109

17

5

203

5

4

13

5

Toshiba

71

39

2

134

2

4

16

6

Broadcom

63

36

7

87

2

3

10

7

Honeywell

34

105

2

95

2

5

15

8

Microsoft

30

91

1

89

2

6

14

9

IBM

52

5

1

145

3

5

14

10

Google

49

0

0

100

2

1

4

11

Qualcomm

45

1

0

111

2

2

9

12

ETRI

44

1

0

117

1

3

9

13

Hitachi

29

51

1

87

2

5

13

14

Conversant IP Management

25

63

76

3

1

5

9

15

Whirlpool

29

39

3

78

2

5

9

16

AT&T

28

44

1

64

1

4

10

17

Intel-GE Care Innovations

34

7

1

88

2

6

13

18

Nest Labs

33

5

3

58

2

2

5

19

Robert Bosch

27

34

15

10

1

2

5

20

Allure Energy

29

3

1

65

1

5

12

21

Nokia Corporation

18

30

37

15

1

7

5

22

Current Technologies

16

35

48

5

1

3

6

23

EcoFactor

27

3

0

54

2

4

11

24

Sharp

24

0

3

59

1

4

11

25

Fujitsu

22

0

0

61

2

4

11

26

Koninklijke

Philips

20

7

1

50

1

5

12

27

Cisco

19

6

0

30

1

2

6

28

Texas Instruments

20

0

1

38

2

3

8

29

Indesit Company

12

38

3

12

1

8

9

30

Source: MIC, January 2016

"US ICT companies have invested extensively into smart home data switching network technologies while US and European system integrators and home appliance vendors have invested a great deal of effort into the development of automatic power control systems, power generation/distribution systems, and electrical power measurement systems," says David Chen, a industry analyst with MIC. "Meanwhile, Google and Nest Labs recently have been developing HVAC control and temperature control systems, electrical power distribution control system, and data switching networks."

In the future, smart home energy management is expected to become part of people's lives, providing comprehensive smart home services that connect individual homes, power systems, and portable electronic devices. Driven by the IoT trends, US, European, Korean, and Japanese companies who own most of smart home energy management patents are going to continue influencing the development of global smart home energy management industry. Their technology development and products merit a closer look.

To see more about this report, please visit: Smart Home Energy Management: Patent Analysis and Vendors's Strategies

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