MEMS Gyroscope Patent Investigation Report

  • ID: 2535589
  • May 2013
  • Region: Global
  • 214 Pages
  • Yole Développement
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MEMS gyroscopes are currently a very hot business. Investigating the patent situation is essential to understanding the present business climate and anticipating future developments.

The MEMS gyroscope patent landscape is heating up!

The gyroscope market is driven by mobile applications, where until recently only two players, STMicroelectronics (ST) and InvenSense, were competing. Now, many companies are present. The first patent disputes to develop over the last few years (linked to Wacoh's patents) or that are currently occurring (ST vs. InvenSense) signal the beginning of a fight for gyro and inertial combo market ownership.

This report represents a link to the technical trends Yole Développement has observed in the industry. Comparisons and matching between existing product process flows (reconstituted from teardowns) and related patents are provided. In particular, a case study on InvenSense's MPU-9150 9-axis sensor is included.

As illustrated by the aforementioned disputes, (which are detailed in this report), IP is critical in this area; thus, the link between IP and market evolution is critical as well. One of this report's most important findings READ MORE >

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Survey context and frame

Definitions & glossary

Objective and methodology

Executive summary

1. MEMS gyroscope status: market and technology trends
- Market trends
- Competitive landscape
- Gyroscope design and detection principle
- Technical trends in front-end and assembly
- Software trends: gyroscope-based functionalities

2. MEMS gyroscope patent landscape
- Evolution of MEMS gyro patent publication timeline
- Geographical distribution of patent filings
- Legal status of patent filings
- Top 10 IPC classes
- Top 15 patent applicants
- Top 10 academic assignees
- Assignee collaborative network
- Top 10 inventors, and latest inventors
- Inventor/assignee collaborative network and assignee citations network
- Summary of top 15 patent assignees' patent portfolio

3. Segmentation and patent ranking
- Technology segmentation and top patent assignees for each segment
- Patent rankings

4. MEMS gyroscope business leaders' patent portfolio analysis
- STMicroelectonics/InvenSense/Bosch
- Patent Filling Evolution/Geographical Analysis/Top Inventors/Legal Status/Citation Analysis/Top Patents

5. Analysis: Link between IP, technical trends and market trends
- Link between IP and market evolution
- Link between IP and reverse engineering of products currently on the market

6. Analysis of key patents
- MEMS design & process - Analysis of 14 key patents
- Circuit & IC Design - Analysis of 6 key patents
- Application/software - Analysis of 10 key patents

- Appendix
- Yole Développement presentation

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- American GNC
- Analog Devices
- Boeing
- Crossbow
- Denso
- Draper Lab
- Hillcrest Laboratories
- Honeywell
- InvenSense
- Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
- Litef
- Memsic
- Movea
- Murata
- Northrop Grumman
- Panasonic
- Qualcomm
- Ricoh
- Robert Bosch
- Samsung
- Seiko Epson
- Sensor Platforms
- Sony
- STMicroelectronics
- Systron Donner Inertial
- Thales
- Thomson
- Tsinghua University
- Univ. Shanghai
- University Of California
- Wacoh
- XSens

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