Products – IP Scenario Analysis

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A technology scenario analysis has been performed through the utilization of Derwent Innovation [1]. Derwent Innovation is an application that provides access to the most trusted global patent data, the Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI)[2] and scientific literature.

The analysis has been conducted through the definition of a query, specific for the thematic area, based on the respective IPC [3] codes. In particular, the thematic area of Processes for Additive Manufacturing corresponds to the IPC B33Y 80/00, as depicted in the scheme below.

he time interval considered during the search is between 2008 and 2018. However, 2018 has been excluded from the trend graphs due to the very partial results. In the following graph total published patents per year are reported.

A strong increase in patent applications has been registered, with a steady linear growth in the period under analysis.

Main application country codes are reported in the following graph; international code (WO) applications are 2430, while European code (EP) applications are 2034.

United States are the most populated country code, followed by China, international (WO) and European (EP) applications.

Main assignees or applicants are reported in the following graph.

The list is led by three important U.S. players of different sectors, General Electric, with products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation and oil and gas production equipment to medical imaging, financing and industrial products. Second place for Nike INC. that together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories worldwide. ConforMIS, Inc. hold the third place, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells joint replacement implants.

The fifth player reported in the list is Boeing, another US company that together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sales, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

Following figure reports the distribution of IPC (International Patent Classification) codes for the patents in scope, followed by their definitions.

B33Y ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3-D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3-D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING
B29C SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE, IN GENERAL; AFTER- TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING
B22F WORKING METALLIC POWDER; MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES FROM METALLIC POWDER; MAKING METALLIC POWDER
A61F FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
A61C DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE
A61B DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
F01D NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES
A61L METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES
B22C FOUNDRY MOULDING
A43B CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
C08L COMPOSITIONS OF MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS

As can be seen, the IPC code specific for Additive Manufacturing (B33Y) is mainly used as Secondary IPC, while the first Main IPC in the patent set is B29, referring to plastic shaping or joining. Other IPC codes are reported in the Table.

 

The following map was draft utilizing the proprietary Themescape tool of the Derwent Innovation suite. Themescape performs a semantic analysis on the titles and abstract of patents and groups patents on the basis of top recurrent words. “Hills” represent a concentration of patents in correspondence of common keywords. Each point represents a patent of the dataset. Analysing the map is it possible to note some returning topics in correspondence of peaks.

In the following slideshow are reported:

  1. The map of recurrent topics automatically generated by the Themescape tool, on the basis of a semantic analysis of title and abstracts of papers;
  2. The map of recurrent topics reporting the positioning of the Top 5 players, giving indication on the main topic of patenting activity;
  3. The analysis of the map, highlighting the most recurrent topics of research in the field of exploration selected by the present search,  according to the punctual analysis of papers included in each cluster of the map.

Most recent patents published are summarized in the following tables. Please click on the tables to get access at the full text.

Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10053988B2 21/08/2018 10/12/2015 F01D000518 | B22F0003105 | B22F000504 | B22F000706 | B23K001500 | B23K0026342 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000 | F01D000904 | F01D000906 | F01D002512 | B22F000500 | B23K010100
Title Article and method of forming an article
Abstract The article (100) has a main portion having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface is provided to define an inner region. A cooling feature section is positioned within the inner region. The main portion is comprised with a primary material. The cooling feature section is comprised with a secondary material. The thermal conductivity of the secondary material of cooling feature section is higher than the primary material of main portion.
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Assignee/Applicant GEN ELECTRIC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US9987809B2 05/06/2018 31/12/2014 B29D001100 | B33Y005000 | B33Y008000 | A61B000800
Title System and method for manufacturing an ultrasound probe lens
Abstract The method involves measuring a surface profile of a first component. A profile of a second component is determined, in which the profile of the second component is configured to correspond to the surface profile of the first component. The second component utilizing additive technology is manufactured in accordance with the determined profile. First component is a transducer (16) of an ultrasound probe, and the second component is a lens of the ultrasound probe. Profile of the lens is determined by calculating a curvature of the lens based on the measured surface profile of the transducer.
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Assignee/Applicant BOEING CO
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US20180229863A1 16/08/2018 12/12/2016 B64G000140 | B33Y008000 | F17C000108 | F17C001300
Title ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED REINFORCED STRUCTURE
Abstract The structure (10) has a wall (18) extended in direction transverse relative to a plane. An elongated rib (13) is connected along elongated dimension of the elongated rib to a wall, such that the elongated rib extends along the wall and forms angle with an axis which extends in direction perpendicular to the plane. The elongated rib defines a free sidewall which extends from the wall positioned on a first side of the elongated rib and extends in direction about the elongated rib and transverse to the elongated dimension to the wall positioned on a second side of the elongated rib. The wall and the elongated rib are constructed with a set of layers of material which extend in direction transverse to the axis.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant BOEING CO
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10118347B2 06/11/2018 15/05/2014 B29C003300 | B29C003376 | B29C004140 | B29C005382 | B29C007030 | B29C007032 | B29C007038 | B29L003130
Title Apparatuses for layup tooling
Abstract The tool (100) has an elongated unit (111) comprising a longitudinal axis (112). Support plates (114) are connected to the elongated unit and spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal axis, where the elongated unit includes a metallic material. A non- metallic backing structure (120) is connected to the support plates, where the non-metallic backing structure comprises a working surface (121) that includes a backing contour (122) complementary to a target contour. The support plates float relative to the elongated unit along the longitudinal axis with a sliding fit.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant NIKE INC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10092063B2 09/10/2018 20/02/2015 A43D099900 | A43B000324 | A43B001328 | A43B002302 | A43D000822 | A43D009514 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000
Title Article of footwear having an upper with connectors for attaching to a sole structure
Abstract The method involves associating an upper of an article of footwear with a printer (1000), in which the upper has a lower peripheral portion (407). A first end portion (1132) of a mechanical connector is printed so that the first end portion of the mechanical connector is coupled with the lower peripheral portion. A second end portion (1134) of the mechanical connector is printed, in which the second end portion extends away from the lower peripheral portion. The second end portion is configured to engage a sole structure and fasten the upper to the sole structure.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant UNITED TECH CORPORATION
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10077664B2 18/09/2018 07/12/2015 F01D000514 | B22C000910 | B22D002502 | B22F0003105 | B23K001500 | F01D000518 | F01D000902 | F01D001108 | F01D002512 | F01D002530 | F02C000718 | F23R000300 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000
Title Gas turbine engine component having engineered vascular structure
Abstract The component (60) has a vascular engineered lattice structure (80) that is formed inside of the wall. The vascular engineered lattice structure is provided with multiple nodes (92), multiple branches (94) that extend between the multiple nodes, and multiple passages (96) extending between the multiple nodes and the multiple passages, and in which one of the branches is non-circular in cross-section. The branches are formed with airfoil shape in cross-section.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant NORIKANE YOSHIHIRO | FUJII ICHIROH | IWATA HIROSHI | RICOH CO LTD
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10066082B2 04/09/2018 2014-10-16 | 2015-06-16 B29C004102 | B29C004122 | B29C0064106 | B29C0064112 | B29C0064124 | B29C0064129 | B29C006440 | B29C006700 | C08K000541 | B29K010500 | B29L003100 | B33Y001000 | B33Y007000 | B33Y008000
Title Three-dimensional object producing method
Abstract Method (M1) for producing three-dimensional (3D) object, comprises: forming a film by delivering a first liquid as a hydrogel precursor that comprises a multifunctional monomer; and curing the film formed in the forming. The steps of forming and curing are repeated many times.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant UNITED TECH CORPORATION
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10040115B2 07/08/2018 31/10/2014 B22C000910 | B22C000100 | B22C000118 | B22D002900 | B22F0003105 | B22F000500 | B22F000504 | B28B000100 | B28B000734 | B29C006700 | F01D000518 | F01D000904 | F01D002512 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000
Title Additively manufactured casting articles for manufacturing gas turbine engine parts
Abstract The casting article has circuit forming portions (98A-98C) and interior channels (91A-91B) that are formed inside of the circuit forming portion. The interior channel includes an inlet and an outlet, and forms leaching path that extends between the inlet and the outlet through the circuit forming portion.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant UNITED TECH CORPORATION
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10036258B2 31/07/2018 2012-12-28 | 2013-01-28 | 2013-03-15 F01D000518 | B22F0003105 | B23P001526 | F01D000514 | F01D000902 | F01D001108 | F01D002508 | F01D002524 | F02C000718 | B33Y001000 | B33Y007000 | B33Y008000
Title Gas turbine engine component having vascular engineered lattice structure
Abstract The component (50) has a wall (58) and a vascular engineered lattice structure (80) formed inside of wall. The vascular engineered lattice structure defines a hollow vascular structure configured to communicate fluid through the vascular engineered lattice structure. Vascular engineered lattice structure comprises inlet hole and an outlet hole that communicates the fluid into and out of hollow vascular structure.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant ALIGN TECHNOLOGY INC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US10001771B2 19/06/2018 29/07/2011 A61C000800 | A61C000700 | A61C000708 | A61C000714 | G05B00194097 | B33Y008000
Title Systems and methods for tracking teeth movement during orthodontic treatment
Abstract The method (900) involves receiving (902) the digital representation of multiple teeth in a planned intermediate tooth arrangement and the digital representation includes a digital representation of the affixed appliance. The tracking template is formed (906) using the received digital representation. The tracking template comprises a shell portion that defines multiple tooth-receiving cavities shaped to fit over the portion of multiple teeth in the planned intermediate tooth arrangement without applying a tooth-moving force to multiple teeth or the affixed appliance.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant ALIGN TECHNOLOGY INC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US9956058B2 01/05/2018 2009-02-24 | 2010-02-22 | 2014-12-11 A61C000300 | A61C000700 | A61C000714 | B29C006700 | G05B001702 | G05B00194099 | G05B0019414 | B29L003100 | B33Y001000 | B33Y005002 | B33Y008000
Title Method, system and model for indirect bonding
Abstract The model (100) has a patient’s dentition whose portion is arranged with a positive physical model. The positive physical model comprises a target (50) comprising a recessed mechanical stop is shaped to receive a portion of an orthodontic appliance and constrain movement of the positive physical model to facilitate placement of the orthodontic appliance at a desired location on the positive physical model. The mechanical stop includes a recess edge to which a perimeter edge of the orthodontic appliance is abutted to constrain the movement of the orthodontic appliance.
Area Products
Assignee/Applicant NIKE INC
Publication number Publication date Priority date IPC Current
US9914274B2 13/03/2018 19/07/2012 B29D003512 | A43B000104 | A43B000300 | A43B001314 | A43B002302 | A43D001100 | B29C0064112 | B29C006700 | B29C007078 | B33Y001000 | B33Y008000 | B29L003150
Title Footwear assembly systems with 3D printing
Abstract The system has the print server is in direct communication with the three-dimensional printer device and switching device. A first fabric portion of multiple fabric portions is a portion of a side of an upper of the article of footwear and a second fabric portion of multiple fabric portions is a portion of a bottom of upper of article of footwear. The printing head prints three-dimensional material onto the fabric portions in the sequence. The three-dimensional printer device prints the three-dimensional material onto irregular surface portion of the fabric portions.
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[1] https://clarivate.com/products/derwent-innovation/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derwent_World_Patents_Index

[3] http://www.wipo.int/classifications/ipc/ipcpub/?notion=scheme&version=20180101&symbol=none&menulang=en&lang=en&viewmode=f&fipcpc=no&showdeleted=yes&indexes=no&headings=yes&notes=yes&direction=o2n&initial=A&cwid=none&tree=no&searchmode=smart

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