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28th July 2020

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

See how the patent activity of machine vision 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 Fanuc, Canon and Epson. Fanuc has been at the forefront of machine vision specific to robotics guidance for many years, 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 evolving this patent landscape?

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 the patent landscape of machine vision, to see just who the key players are and where this innovation is going. To find out more about this patent landscape and to gain complimentary access to the full Landscape Report in Cipher, fill out the form below. If you’d like to learn more about how Cipher has enabled this analysis, get in touch.

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  • 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?

Machine Vision Patent Activity COW

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