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28th July 2020

Machine Vision: a key enabler for the 4th Industrial Revolution

See how patent activity has changed over time

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Machine vision plays a major role in robotics and automated manufacturing processes.

Investment in the space is seen through the increased level of patent activity over the last decade.

The three top patent owners are Japanese firms, namely:

  • Fanuc
  • Canon
  • Epson

Fanuc has been at the forefront of machine vision specific to robotics guidance for many years.  The company is dedicated to developing integral vision products instead of relying on third-party solutions.

Fanuc’s active patent families related to machine vision for robotics have increased by 138% over the last decade.

Who are the other key players?

Machine Vision: Active Patent Families by top patent owning organisations

Line graph of active patent families by top patent owning organisations

Cipher has taken a look into this patent landscape, to see just who the key players are and where this innovation is going. Using this patent data we’re able to answer the following key questions:

  • Who are the key patent players in machine vision technologies?
  • What is the patent cost profile?
  • Which patent families have been litigated?
  • What is the patent activity over time?

To find out more about this patent landscape and to gain complimentary access to the full Landscape Report in Cipher, get in touch directly.

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