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HONEYWELL, PIONEER OF THE VOX MICROBOLOMETER TECHNOLOGY
The American company Honeywell is a pioneer actor in the microbolometer technology. In collaboration with the US Department of Defense, the company started the development of this new uncooled thermal sensor technology in the late 70’s. For military purposes, the technology was classified until 1992.

Following the declassification, Honeywell began licensing its patents related to microbolometers to several other companies in the early 90’s. A 2nd wave of license agreements took place in the early 2000’s. Both periods are linked to publications of Honeywell’s microbolometer patents. Nowadays, the VOx infrared sensor developed by Honeywell is the most used compare to other uncooled detector technologies such as amorphous silicon or pyroelectric sensors. Honeywell’s portfolio covers a wide range of microbolometer technologies : material, design, fabrication, systems including a microbolometer,…

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  1. 1. Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis IP and Technology Intelligence 2405 route des Dolines, 06902 Sophia Antipolis, France Tel: +33 489 89 16 20 Web: http://www.knowmade.com US5286976 US5300915 US5450053 WO200255973
  2. 2. 2 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 3 Methodology 4 Search Strategy 5 Technology Overview 6 Uncooled Thermal Detector Market Forecast 8 IP Overview 9 Time Evolution of Patent Publications 10 Priority Countries 11 Timeline of Countries of Filings 12 Mapping of Patent Publications 13 Current Legal Status of Patents in the Portfolio 14 Mapping of Granted Patents & Pending Applications 15 Size of Patent Families 16 Number of Total Claims – US Patents 17 Main IP Representatives 18 Technical Issues 19 Main IPC Classes – Honeywell Microbolometer Portfolio 21 Main IPC Timeline Evolution 22 Main Inventor Collaborations 23 Timeline of the Contribution of Main Inventors 24 IP Blocking Potential of Most Cited Patent Families 25 Citation Network 26 Forward Citations Timeline 27 Competitive IP Environment 28 IP Collaboration Network 29 Microbolometer Actors and Material 30 Patent Litigation 31 Patents Recently Expired (2014-2015) 32 Patents Expiring between 2016 & 2018 35 Key Patents 40 Conclusions 45 Honeywell’s Microbolometer Portfolio Summary 46 Conclusions 47 SWOT Matrix 49 Annex 50 Main IP Competitors 51 Terminology for Patent Analysis 53
  3. 3. 3 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 INTRODUCTION Methodology Topic of the research Patent analysis on Honeywell portfolio in the field of microbolometers in thermal imaging applications. Patent database The data was extracted from the Questel IP portal www.orbit.com (FamPat patent database). The FamPat database provides more than 80 million patent documents (90+ offices) grouped in invention-based families . Search strategy The search for patents was performed in May 2015, hence patents published after this date will not be available in this report. The patent selection was done both automatically and manually (search strategy detailed in next slide). Data analysis The quantitative analysis of data was performed using Questel IP Business Intelligence software. Segmentation The patents were manually categorized using keyword analysis of patent title, abstract and claims, in conjunction with expert review of the object of inventions.
  4. 4. 4 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 INTRODUCTION Search Strategy Step Search Equation Selected Patent Families Patents related to Microbolometer and owned by Honeywell Step 1 (XXX OR XXX OR XXX OR XXX OR XXX OR XXX)/BI/CLMS AND HONEYWELL/PA.FLD >50 Manual Selection Step 2 Manual Selection (microbolometer for thermal imaging applications) 43 • + Truncation replacing any number of characters • ? Truncation replacing zero or one character • # Truncation replacing one character • _ Truncation for word that may have a space (ex: semiconductor, semi conductor) • OR Finds references containing at least one of the words • AND Finds references containing all words • S Finds references containing the terms in the same sentence • nD Finds references containing adjacent terms, regardless of the order, and may be separated by a maximum of n words • nW Finds references containing adjacent terms, in the order specified, and may be separated by a maximum of n words • ( ) Parentheses are necessary to combine different operators • /TI/OTI Search in Title • /BI Search in Title and Abstract • /CLMS Search in Claims • /DESC/ODES Search in Description • /PA.FLD Search in Patent Assignees • /IC Search in International Patent Classification (IPC)
  5. 5. 5 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Time Evolution of Patent Publications Honeywell started the development of microbolometers in the late 70’s. However, this uncooled infrared sensor technology was classified by a contract with the US Department of Defense. The technology was unclassified in 1992. As a result, only 2 patent families were published before 1992. Most patent families were published in the mid-90’s and early 2000’s, with a peak in 2002. To this date, Honeywell has published more than XX patent families, representing more than XX patent documents, related to microbolometers and their use in thermal imaging. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 No.ofPatentFamilies Publication Years Technological Development for the US Department of Defense Declassification Honeywell USxxxxxxx Monolithic integrated … Honeywell USxxxxxxx Array… Honeywell ITxxxxxxx Microstructure… Honeywell USxxxxxxx Flame sensor… Honeywell USxxxxxxx Thermo-optical array… Honeywell USxxxxxxx Multispectral flame… Patent document publications Patent family publications Knowmade 2015 Note: The patent search was done in May 2015, the data corresponding to the year 2015 are not complete here. At the time of the patent search, no patent family had been published in 2015.
  6. 6. 6 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Mapping of Patent Publications Knowmade 2015 WORLD (PCT applications) 21 patent families USA xx patent families EUROPE xx patent families (mainly XX, XX, XX) CHINA xx patent families JAPAN xx patent families CANADA 9 patent families AUSTRALIA 5 patent families ISRAEL 5 patent families KOREA 5 patent families TAIWAN 4 patent families Number of patent families containing at least one patent published in the corresponding country. Honeywell has a worldwide strategy and publishes its patents regarding microbolometer technology in North America, Europe and Asia. Especially, patents are published in the USA, Japan, XXX, XXX and XXX.
  7. 7. 7 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Size of Patent Families A patent family is a set of either patent applications or publications taken in multiple countries to protect a single invention by a common inventor(s) and then patented in more than one country. A first application is made in one country (priority country) and is then extended to other offices. A patent family can also includes several patents disclosing technologically close inventions and filed in the same country. Many inventions result in multiple filings, usually in multiple offices. Honeywell filed about 70% of its microbolometer patent families in 2 or more patent offices, and 11% in 10 or more offices. 1 Patent 28% 2 Patents 16% 3 Patents 14% 4 Patents 3% 5 Patents 2% 6 Patents 7% 7 Patents 12% 8 Patents 5% 9 Patents 2% 10 Patents 2% 11 Patents 2% 14 Patents 2% 15 Patents 5% Knowmade 2015
  8. 8. 8 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Technical Issues The patent families have been classified according to the technical issues addressed by Honeywell in each family. Each technical segment is defined as indicated. Detector Systems including a microbolometer Operating method Electronic array associated to the microbolometer and the operating of its circuit Fabrication Fabrication methods and materials used for fabrication Design Design of microbolometer structure Fire detectors Flame and fire detection systems Imaging systems Infrared imaging systems (cameras) Others Various other devices including a microbolometer Other Other microbolometer component issues (packaging, …) Knowmade 2015
  9. 9. 9 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Main Inventor Collaborations XXX and XXX are the main inventors in the microbolometer technology for Honeywell. Between the two of them, they are listed as inventors in 33 patent families of this patent portfolio. XXX works on microbolometer sensors and camera devices and is the sole inventor of 10 patent families. XXX works on microbolometer sensors and fire detection devices and is the sole inventor of 11 patent families. Number in black on each link between inventors is the number of co-filings. Number up right to each bubble is the number of patent families for this inventor in the data set. Bubble size is proportional to the number of patent families selected for the study. Knowmade 2015
  10. 10. 10 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW IP Blocking Potential of Most Cited Patent Families The more the number of forward citations from different patent applicants is high, the more the capacity to hamper the other firms’ attempts to patent a related invention is important. The patent USxxxxxxx is the most cited with more than 100 citations. However, those citations are mainly from 2 patent applicants : XXX and XXX. Thus the IP blocking potential of this patent is restricted to a few applicants. With 90 citations by more than 60 applicants, the patent USxxxxxxx has a greater impact in the microbolometer domain. Patents WOxxxxxxx, USxxxxxxx and USxxxxxxx also have an important IP blocking potential. *Patents included in a litigation (US) between Honeywell and XXX. See details p26. Bubble size represents the size of the family (number of patent documents) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 Numberofdifferentapplicantscitingmorethanonetimes thepatentfamily Number of forward citations (excluding self-citations) USxxxxxxx Carbon… USxxxxxxx* Use of… USxxxxxxx Monolithic integrated… WOxxxxxxx Compact thermal… USxxxxxxx Tunable sensor USxxxxxxx* Microstructure… WOxxxxxxx Infrared… USxxxxxxx* Thermal… USxxxxxxx Binary optical… USxxxxxxx* Array… WOxxxxxxx Method of fabricating… Knowmade 2015
  11. 11. 11 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Citation Network Arrow points towards the target (cited reference), number indicates the number of citing/cited patent families. The 43 patent families of Honeywell related to microbolometers are cited by more than 600 patent families involving more than 300 assignees. The assignee referring the most to Honeywell’s portfolio is XXX. However, citing patents from XXX concern MEMS devices in general, and the company is not cited by Honeywell in its microbolometer portfolio. For its part, Honeywell cites 325 patent families in its portfolio, representing around 250 assignees. In particular, Honeywell and XXX are citing each other equally. XXX and XXX are also citing and cited companies for Honeywell. Main assignees citing Honeywell’s patent portfolio Main assignees cited by Honeywell’s patent portfolio
  12. 12. 12 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 IP OVERVIEW Competitive IP Environment The color areas show the relevance of patent applicants as IP Competitors based on analysis of forward/backward citations (number and type) and title of citing/cited patents. Companies such as Qualcomm, Nantero or IDC are among the main citing assignees, however the content of their citing patents is not directly related to microbolometers and they are not cited in Honeywell portfolio. Thus those companies are not strong competitors in this technology for Honeywell. Close IP competitors on the microbolometer technology are patent applicants cited in Honeywell’s patents, their cited patents are directly related to microbolometer development. Most of them also cite Honeywell portfolio.
  13. 13. 13 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 PATENTS RECENTLY EXPIRED USxxxxxxx Invention : An adaptive uncooled focal plane… The device may have an array of pixels of which each is… Further, each pixel of the bolometer… Title Tunable sensor Patent Assignee Honeywell Patent Number USxxxxxxx Expiration Date 2014-12-05 Forward Citations 104 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) Other Patent in the Family 1 XX application (pending)
  14. 14. 14 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 PATENTS EXPIRING BETWEEN 2016 & 2018 USxxxxxxx Patent number USxxxxxxx was filed in 1996 and is a reissue of patent number USxxxxxxx filed in 1986 (lapsed in 2002). The reissue patent incorporates the 10 claims of the original patent and enlarges the scope of claims with the addition of 24 claims (11-34), including 4 independent claims. USxxxxxxx was included with 5 other patents of Honeywell related to infrared radiation sensors in a lawsuit for infringement filed in 20XX by the company against XXX. Invention : A two-level infrared bolometer array based on… This invention is directed to a pixel size sensor of an array... In this invention the large fill factor (>75%) is made possible by… Title Thermal sensor Current Patent Assignee Honeywell Patent Number USxxxxxxx Expected Expiration Date* 2016-03-09 Forward Citations 69 citing families (main assignee : XXX) Other Patent in the Family 1 XX patent (original patent, lapsed) *Expected Expiration Date is dependent on the accuracy and timeliness of the information provided by the patent offices. This indicator may change at any time without notice based on new information received from the patent offices. No decision should be made based solely on this indicators.
  15. 15. 15 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 KEY PATENTS Evaluation Metrics In this study, the selection of key patent families is based on the family size, current legal status of patents, citations analysis and the scope of the claimed invention. Legal status of the patent The legal status of the patent (granted, pending, revoked, expired) may serve as indicator of the legal validity and life expectancy of the patent. The more the legal status is valid, the more the patent will be maintained for a long time. Patent family size (Geographical coverage) The geographical coverage of the patent’s protection may serve as indicator of the legal robustness and the exploitation potential of the patent. The more the geographical protection is large, the more the potential sales volume will be high. The patent’s family size may be also correlated with the patent’s value. The expansion of patent protection involves additional costs for every jurisdiction. If the applicant chooses to spend additional money, the exclusion right should be worth the extra costs. The number of family members of a patent is positively related to its potential value. Claims (scope and number) The number of claims may serve as indicator of the scope of the invention. It is also correlated with the patent’s legal sustainability. The more independent claims a patent has, the more the patent’s scope is important. The more claims a patent has, the higher the chance that at least one will survive an invalidation procedure (legal robustness). Citation analysis Patent data include citations to previous patents and to the non-patent literature. An analysis based on citation data from patents open up the possibility of tracing technological trajectories, and identifying seminal patents and linkages between them. Our methodology takes into account the number of citations, their categories (X, Y, A …) and their origin (type of citing patent applicants). Furthermore, blocking patents (potential litigations) may be identified by taking into account the number of different patent applicants which cite them.
  16. 16. 16 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 KEY PATENTS Patent Family Key Features USxxxxxxx Microstructure… (1988) • A microstructure infrared… • The structure increases… • Patent reissue USxxxxxxx is granted in the USA • Patent reissue USxxxxxxx was included in the lawsuit against XXX • Forward Citations : 90 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) USxxxxxxx Thermal… (1986) • A two-level infrared bolometer array based on… • Patent reissue USxxxxxxx is granted in the USA • Patent reissue USxxxxxxx was included in the lawsuit against XXX • Forward Citations : 69 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) USxxxxxxx Use of… (1993) • Use of a new detector material • The new detector material is preferably... • Patent reissue USxxxxxxx is granted in the USA • Forward Citations : 47 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX)
  17. 17. 17 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 KEY PATENTS Patent Family Key Features USxxxxxxx Carbon… (2002) • Use of carbon… • 3 granted patents in XXX and 1 granted patent in XXX (XXX, XXX) • Rights for patent USxxxxxxx belong to XXX • Forward Citations : 62 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) WOxxxxxxxxx High-absorption… (2000) • An uncooled array of thin bolometer pixels… • Granted patents in XXX, XXX, XXX, XXX • Patent USxxxxxxx was included in the lawsuit against XXX • Forward Citations : 18 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) WOxxxxxxxxx Lightweight… (2000) • An infrared… • The microbolometer array is provided in… • Granted patents in XXX, XXX, XXX, XXX, XXX (XXX, XXX, XXX), XXX • Forward Citations : 21 citing families (main assignees : XXX, XXX) USxxxxxxx Large area… (1999) • A pixel microstructure… • Granted patents in XXX, XXX (XXX, XXX XXX), XXX, XXX • Patent USxxxxxxx was included in the lawsuit against XXX • Forward Citations : 8 citing families (main assignee : XXX)
  18. 18. 18 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 CONCLUSIONS Honeywell’s Microbolometer Portfolio Summary xx Patent families 19xx Oldest priority date xx Patent family filed by year on average xx Patent documents 4 Average number of patents per family xx Patent average age 43% Granted patents xx% Pending patents xx% Dead patents xx Alive patents per family on average xx xx 3 xx xx xx xx xx xx 4 xx USA Canada Europe China Korea Japan Taiwan Granted patents Pending patents
  19. 19. 19 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 TERMINOLOGY FOR PATENT ANALYSIS (1/2) Patent Applicant, Patent Assignee An applicant is a person or organization (e.g. company, university, etc.) who/which has filed a patent application. An assignee is a person or organization (e.g. company, university, etc.) who/which holds patent rights. There may be more than one applicant/assignee per patent application. Patent Family A patent family is a set of either patent applications or publications taken in multiple countries to protect a single invention by a common inventor(s). A first application is made in one country – the priority country – and is then extended to other countries. Priority Date The priority date is the date on which the patent application was filed. At this date the patent document is not made available to the public. Priority Number The priority number is the number of the application with respect to which priority is claimed, i.e. it is the same as the application number of the claimed priority document. The priority number is made up of a country code (two letters), the year of filing (four digits) and a serial number (variable, maximum seven digits). Publication Date The publication date is the date on which the patent application was first published. It is the date on which the patent document is made available to the public, thereby becoming part of the state of the art. Publication Number The publication number is the number assigned to a patent application on publication. Publication numbers are generally made up of a country code (two letters) and a serial number (variable, one to twelve digits) (e.g. DE202004009768).
  20. 20. 20 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 TERMINOLOGY FOR PATENT ANALYSIS (2/2) Citations In the context of patents, a citation is a reference to a previous work (prior art) that is considered relevant to the considered patent application. Citations may be made by the Inventor or by the Examiner during patent examination. WO and EP Patent Applications International (WO) and European (EP) Patent Applications are made through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO), respectively. WO applications designate signatory states or regions to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and will have the same effect as national or regional patent applications in each designated state or region, leading to a granted patent in each state or region. EP applications are regional patent applications designating signatory state to the European Patent Convention (EPC), and leading to granted patents having the same effect as a bundle of national patents for the designated states. Legal Status of the Patent Pending: Patent applications in a pre-grant/pre-final-rejection stage in the patent office. Granted: Patents in a ”post-decision” or “post-grant” stage in the patent office. Lapsed: Patents or published applications that are not in force before the end of the normal term right because of applicant action or in-action. Normally this status refers to post-grant patents where the applicant has not paid the necessary renewal fees. However, “Lapsed” can include pre-grant published applications that are deemed likely abandoned because there has been no known activity in the office for a significant period of time. Typical office status for Lapsed could be “abandoned”, “lapsed”, “withdrawn”, “surrendered”, etc. Expired: Granted patents that have expired due to normal life of the patent cycle. Revoked: Patents or published applications that are not in force before the end of the normal term right because of office action. Normally, this status refers to post-grant patents subject to opposition events. However, “Revoked” can include final rejection notices when we have that information from the office. Typical office status for “Revoked” could be “suspension”, “interrupted”, “cancelled”, “revoked”, “refused”, etc. International Patent Classification (IPC) The technical content of patent documents is classified in accordance with the International Patent Classification (IPC). The publishing office assigns an IPC symbol valid at the time of publication of the patent application. The complete IPC can be found on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO - http://www.wipo.int/ipcpub).
  21. 21. 21 © 2015 All rights reserved | www.knowmade.com Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis | June 2015 EXCEL DATABASE Containing all the patents analyzed in this report This database allows multi-criteria searches and includes patent publication number, hyperlinks to the original documents, priority date, title, abstract, patent assignees, and legal status for each member of the patent family.
  22. 22. Patent Portfolio Analysis – June 2015 Honeywell Microbolometer Patent Portfolio Analysis REPORT OUTLINE • Honeywell Microbolometer • Patent Portfolio Analysis • June 2015 • PDF & Excel file • €1,990 (corporate license) • Order online: click here KEY FEATURES OF THE REPORT The report provides essential patent data for Honeywell Microbolometer patent portfolio including : • Time evolution of patent publications and countries of patent filings • Current legal status of patents • Citation network, IP collaboration and competitive networks • Key patents • Patents recently expired • Granted patents near expiration The report also provides an extensive Excel database with all patents analyzed in the study. OBJECTIVE OF THE REPORT • Understand Honeywell IP strategy in the microbolometer technology • Understand the IP Environment if Honeywell microbolometer portfolio • Classify the patents of Honeywell by their technical issue as well as their IP Blocking potential for other IP players • Identify key patents • Identify recently expired patents and granted patents near expiration The American company Honeywell is a pioneer actor in the microbolometer technology. In collaboration with the US Department of Defense, the company started the development of this new uncooled thermal sensor technology in the late 70’s. For military purposes, the technology was classified until 1992. Following the declassification, Honeywell began licensing its patents related to microbolometers to several other companies in the early 90’s. A 2nd wave of license agreements took place in the early 2000’s. Both periods are linked to publications of Honeywell’s microbolometer patents. Nowadays, the VOx infrared sensor developed by Honeywell is the most used compare to other uncooled detector technologies such as amorphous silicon or pyroelectric sensors. Honeywell’s portfolio covers a wide range of microbolometer technologies : material, design, fabrication, systems including a microbolometer,… If the development of the microbolometer technology has been lead by the Defense sector and Honeywell, nowadays, the market is fast growing thanks to the development of many new consumer applications : thermography, night vision, surveillance, fire detection, building energy performance,… The global market size for uncooled thermal sensor was estimated to be nearly $222 million in 2013 and is estimated to reach $630 million by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.6% from 2015-2020. VOx technology represents 79% of the microbolometer market. Despite those new applications and its pioneer status, Honeywell hasn’t filed many new patent applications in the microbolometer technology recently. The patent average age is 14 years and the number of dead patents is superior to the number of alive patents. Moreover, key patents will expire in the coming years. While Honeywell makes the most of license agreements from its granted patents with various major actors in the microbolometer domain, the company doesn’t give VOx microbolometer technology an intense focus nowadays. However, Honeywell has also developed other MEMS technologies, including packaging or optics, which are particularly interesting for microbolometers. Therefore, the IP environment and the market for microbolometer and infrared imaging should be changing in the near future. Will Honeywell continue to lead the Microbolometer patent landscape with the evolution of a new consumer market ? HONEYWELL, PIONEER OF THE VOX MICROBOLOMETER TECHNOLOGY Microbolometer Technical Issues Addressed by Honeywell Knowmade 2015
  23. 23. Honeywell Microbolometer- Patent Portfolio Analysis - 2015 Citations Network Knowmade 2015 CITATIONS NETWORK & IP COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT The microbolometer portfolio of Honeywell is cited by more than 300 patent assignees in more than 600 patent families. For its part, Honeywell cites 325 patent families in its portfolio, representing around 250 assignees. Combining the Citations Network with the analysis of the content of citing/cited patents, the IP competitors of Honeywell in the microbolometer domain have been ranked in order to establish a general view of the IP Competitive Environment. Thus IP competitor developing microbolometer technologies have been identified. Analyzing citations and citing applicants, patents with an IP blocking potential for other patent applicants in the microbolometer domain have been identified. Most of those patents are related to the manufacture or the design of a microbolometer array. Other patents are related to devices including a thermal sensor of the microbolometer type. Patents of Honeywell’s portfolio have also been classified according to the technical issues addressed by the company. IDENTIFY IP BLOCKING PATENTSPatent IP Blocking Potential Knowmade 2015 Key patents have been identified based on several indicators, including family size, legal status, citations analysis and impact on microbolometer technology. Patents recently expired and patents expiring in the next few years have also been analyzed. About 10 keys patents have been identified, some of which will expire in the next 3 years, thus the technology disclosed will be free to be used. Our report also includes an Excel database containing all of the analyzed patents. This database allows for multi-criteria searches and includes patent publication number, hyperlinks to the original documents, priority date, title, abstract, patent assignees, technological segments and legal status for each member of the patent family. IDENTIFY KEY PATENTS Key Patents Knowmade 2015
  24. 24. ABOUT KNOWMADE Knowmade is a Patent, Technology and Strategy consulting company involved in Microelectronics, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Life Sciences. We provide Patent Search, Patent Landscape, Patent Analysis, Scientific Landscape, State of the Art, Technology Scouting, Technology Tracking, Alerts and Updates. Our service offer consists of standard reports, custom studies & on-demand tracking, strategy consulting and training. We combine information search services, scientific expertise, powerful analytics and visualization tools, and proprietary methodologies for analyzing patents and scientific information. Knowmade supports research laboratories, industrial companies and investors in their business development. Dr. Coralie Le Greneur Coralie works for Knowmade in the field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. She holds a PhD in Science from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France). She also holds the International Industrial Studies Diploma in Patents from the CEIPI, Strasbourg (France). ASSIGNEES CITED IN THE REPORT : Honeywell, Raytheon, Hughes, Panasonic, Texas Instruments, NEC, CEA, Fluke, Mitsubishi Electric, L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, Toshiba, Lockheed, Qualcomm, US Army AUTHORS Dr. Nicolas Baron is CEO and co-founder of Knowmade. He is leading the Microelectronics and Nanotechnology scientific and patent analysis department. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Nice Sophia- Antipolis, plus a University Diploma in Intellectual Property Strategy and Innovation from the European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property (IEEPI Strasbourg), France. Honeywell Microbolometer- Patent Portfolio Analysis - 2015 TABLE OF CONTENT Introduction 3 Methodology 4 Search Strategy 5 Technology Overview 6 Uncooled Thermal Detector Market Forecast 8 IP Overview 9 Time Evolution of Patent Publications 10 Priority Countries 11 Timeline of Countries of Filings 12 Mapping of Patent Publications 13 Current Legal Status of Patents in the Portfolio 14 Mapping of Granted Patents & Pending Applications 15 Size of Patent Families 16 Number of Total Claims – US Patents 17 Main IP Representatives 18 Technical Issues 19 Main IPC Classes – Honeywell Microbolometer Portfolio 21 Main IPC Timeline Evolution 22 Main Inventor Collaborations 23 Timeline of the Contribution of Main Inventors 24 IP Blocking Potential of Most Cited Patent Families 25 Citation Network 26 Forward Citations Timeline 27 Competitive IP Environment 28 IP Collaboration Network 29 Microbolometer Actors and Material 30 Patent Litigation 31 Patents Recently Expired (2014-2015) 32 Patents Expiring between 2016 & 2018 35 Key Patents 40 Conclusions 45 Honeywell’s Microbolometer Portfolio Summary 46 Conclusions 47 SWOT Matrix 49 Annex 50 Main IP Competitors 51 Terminology for Patent Analysis 53
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  35. 35. 30 REPORTS COLLECTION • Yole Développement publishes a comprehensive collection of market & technology reports and patent analysis in: MEMS & Sensors Imaging Medical technologies (MedTech) Advanced packaging Power electronics Compound semiconductors OLED, LED & Laser diode Semiconductor Manufacturing Photovoltaics Batteries • Our reports are unmatched in quality and technology depth and typically include: Technology trends and evolution: costs, barriers, roadmaps, etc. Supply & value chain analysis: business models, relationships, value flows, etc. In-depth analysis of applications and market drivers: challenges, inflection points, etc. Market data ($, units, wafer starts, etc.) • Every year, Yole Développement, System Plus Consulting and KnowMade publish +60 reports. • Take the full benefit from our Bundle and Annual Subscription offers. www.i-Micronews.com @2015 | www.yole.fr | Sensors for Wearable Electronics & Mobile Healthcare
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  37. 37. 32 OUR 2015 REPORTS PLANNING PATENT ANALYSIS by KnowMade o Patent Infringement (crossed analysis based on KnowMade and System Plus Consulting analysis expertise) − MEMS Microphone Applications − Infrared Imaging o Patent Investigation (crossed analysis based on KnowMade & Yole Développement expertise) − Power GaN − MEMS Gyroscope − 6-axis & 9-axis Inertial MEMS IMUs − Microbatteries − Embedded Active & Passive Packages − Interposer − Phosphors for LED TEARDOWN & REVERSE COSTING by System Plus Consulting More than 30 teardowns and reverse costing analysis and cost simulation tools to be published in 2015. * Reports to be decided within 2015 @2015 | www.yole.fr | Sensors for Wearable Electronics & Mobile Healthcare
  38. 38. 33 OUR 2014 PUBLISHED REPORTS LIST MARKET & TECHNOLOGY REPORTS by Yole Développement o MEMS & SENSORS − Technologies & Sensors for the Internet of Things: Businesses & Market Trends 2014-2024 − MEMS Microphone: Market, Applications and Business Trends 2014 − Status of the MEMS industry − MEMS & Sensors for Mobile Phones and Tablets − High End Gyroscopes and Accelerometer Applications − Inertial MEMS Manufacturing Technical Trends − New Detection Principles & Technical Evolution for MEMS & NEMS − 6/9 DOF Applications in Consumer Electronics o IMAGING & OPTOELECTRONICS − Status of the CMOS Image Sensor Industry − Uncooled Infrared Imaging Technology & Market Trends − Silicon Photonics o MEDTECH − Point of Care Testing: Applications for Microfluidic Technologies − Solid State Medical Imaging: X-ray and Endoscopy o COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTORS − RF GaN Technology & Market Analysis: Applications, Players, Devices & Substrates 2010- 2020 − SiC Modules, Devices and Substrates for Power Electronics Market − GaN-on-Si Substrate Technology and Market for LED and Power Electronics − Power GaN Market − Graphene Materials for Opto & Electronic Applications − Sapphire Applications and Market: from LED to Consumer Electronics o LED − LED Packaging − LED Front-End Manufacturing Trends − LED Front-End Equipment Market o POWER ELECTRONICS − Power Electronics for HEV/EV − Inverters − Gate Driver Unit Market for Power Transistors o PHOTOVOLTAICS − Emerging and Innovative Technology Approaches in the Solar Industry o ADVANCED PACKAGING − 3DIC Equipment and Materials − 3DIC & 2.5D TSV Interconnect for Advanced Packaging - 2014 Business Update o MANUFACTURING − Market & Technology Trends in Materials & Equipment for Printed & Flexible Electronics − Permanent Wafer Bonding for Semiconductor: Application Trends & Technology PATENT ANALYSIS by Knowmade − LED Based on Nano-wires Patent Investigation − GaN on Si Patent Investigation (LED, Power devices and RF Devices) − New MEMS Devices Patent Investigation − Non Volatile Memory Patent Investigation TEARDOWN & REVERSE COSTING by System Plus Consulting More than 30 teardowns and reverse costing analysis and cost simulation tools to be published in 2014. @2015 | www.yole.fr | Sensors for Wearable Electronics & Mobile Healthcare
  39. 39. 34 MICRONEWS MEDIA o About Micronews Media Micronews Media, powered by Yole Développement, ensures you the best visibility in the disruptive semiconductor community. With our services, we help you to reach your customers worldwide with the media products they prefer, including our website, e- newsletter, webcasts, and magazines. Invest in a high added-value editorial program and get access to Yole Développement’s network (48 000+ contacts). o Five supports and channels for your visibility • A technology magazine to highlight your visibility with advertisements, company profiles, product descriptions and white papers • A webcast to highlight your expertise and develop your business identifying commercial leads • Articles, advertisements & logo and banners dedicated to your company, its products and expertise in @Micronews e-newsletter and on i- Micronews.com Focused community Identified contacts Large community Mass contacts @2015 | www.yole.fr | Sensors for Wearable Electronics & Mobile Healthcare
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