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Collaborative Robot: Patent Distribution, Market Trends, and Opportunities

  • Report

  • 15 Pages
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 5238484

Collaborative robots are designed to interact closely with staff in a co-working environment. Due to diverse work requirements, designing automated work tasks carried out by robots has become more and more popular. With the human-machine interface advantage, collaborative robots have become an option for many companies when they evaluate automation solutions in recent years. This report looks into several key fields and sectors in which most collaborative robot patents are filed, examines key collaborative patent distribution by technology, and explores their key applications.

List of Topics

  • Overview of collaborative robot technologies
  • US collaborative robot patent counts by patent field, by application year, and by patent technology
  • Patent analysis from an industrial-analytic perspective

Table of Contents

1. Background
1.1 Technology Definition

2. Patent Mining

3. Patent Analysis
3.1 Analysis by Field
3.2 Analysis by Technology
3.3 Analysis by Technology and Patent Application Year
4. Analyst's Perspective

List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1 Collaborative Robot Patent Share by Field, Technology, Class, and Subclass
Table 2 Matrix of Collaborative Robot Patent Counts by Technology and Patent Application Year

List of Figures
Figure 1 Collaborative Robot Illustration
Figure 2 Collaborative Patent Share by Field

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • ABB
  • Fanuc
  • Kuka
  • Yaskawa Electric


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis