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We have selected the hottest and fastest-growing technology areas and divided them into sectors.

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Pandemics/Epidemics (Free)

An epidemic is the rapid spread of disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time. A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that crosses international boundaries. Preview

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Automobile Vision: LIDAR

Investment in commercialization of autonomous and semi-autonomous automobiles using machine vision technology has been on the increase for recent years. Preview

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Automobile Vision: Image Recognition

Autonomous cars are equipped with cameras that analyze their surroundings and make sure they don’t bump into other cars, or pedestrians, or curbs, or any of the thousands of other things that can get in their way. The overall image recognition market was already at $15.95 Billion in 2016 and is estimated to grow to USD 38.92 Billion by 2021. Preview

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Transportation Logistics

This sector analyzes the use of technology in the shipping industry. Opportunity exists for companies to use emerging technology to better utilize cargo space and connect that space to shippers who need it, all while reducing costs. Preview

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Tesla

Tesla Inc. has hundreds of issued patents, which are now considered open source because CEO Elon Musk believes in the benefit of allowing others to grow this technology platform when used in good faith. Preview

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V2X Communication

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication is the passing of information from a vehicle to other entities, such as V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure), V2N (vehicle-to-network), V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle), V2P (vehicle-to-pedestrian), V2D (vehicle-to-device) and V2G (vehicle-to-grid). Preview

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Autonomous Tire Sensors

Automated Tire Sensors aim to reduce traffic accidents and tire wear and increase fuel economy through monitoring and early recognition of a hazardous state of the tires. Preview

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Energy Financial Settlements

Decentralization of the world's electrical power generation continues with the introduction of demand response, distributed generation, and microgrid technologies. This Patent Forecast evaluates the fundamental payment and settlement state of the art of clearing and processing energy payment transactions. Preview

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Energy Storage: Bidirectional Direct Current Converters

Direct Current Bidirectional converters are a key technology for energy storage because they can have multiple streams of DC power at varying voltages. Typically, these need to be integrated into a single current with a nominal voltage. Preview

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Energy Storage: Multi-battery Charge Equalization Circuits

A battery charge equalizer provides individual cell charging in multi-cell battery strings in order to maintain all the cells at the same charge. Keeping all the cells in a multi-cell string at the same charge state maximizes the battery's life and performance. Equalization techniques require electrical circuitry to achieve cell monitoring and balancing. Preview

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Solar Thin Film Photovoltaics

This sector is directed towards thin film photovoltaics, but does not include perovskite, organic, or nuclear photovoltaics or photoelectrochemical technologies. Preview

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Energy Storage: Flow Batteries

A flow battery, or redox flow battery, is a type of electrochemical cell where chemical energy is provided by two chemical components dissolved in liquids contained within the system and separated by a membrane. Advantages over conventional rechargeables includes separable liquid tanks and near unlimited longevity. Flow batteries applications include: load balancing, storing energy from renewable sources, peak shaving, UPS, power conversion, electric vehicles and stand-alone power systems. Preview

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Microgrids: Microinverters

A device used in photovoltaics, that converts direct current (DC) generated by a single solar module to alternating current (AC). Preview

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Microgrids: Islanding

Islanding is the condition in which a distributed generator continues to power a location even though electrical grid power is no longer present. Islanding can be dangerous to utility workers, who may not realize that a circuit is still powered, and it may prevent automatic re-connection of devices. Preview

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Thorium

The Thorium Patent Forecast® includes patents for all parts of the process necessary for a thorium reactor to operate, from reactor design to fuel mining and processing, to reactivity moderators, to alloys for manufacturing component parts. Preview

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Demand Response

Demand response is a reduction in the electric utility power consumption by a customer in order to better match the demand for power with the supply. Preview

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Edge Computing

The Edge Computing Patent Forecast® focuses on edge computing for IoT devices, but does not consider IoT devices within the analysis. Preview

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Digital Twinning

Digital twin refers to a real-time digital replica of potential and actual physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems and devices that can be used for various purposes. Preview

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Online Multimedia Collaboration and Commerce

With the rise of the internet, online collaboration has been more accessible than ever. Online multimedia collaboration and commerce connects artists through a curated network, enabling ease of production, financing, and fulfillment services based on the project’s needs. Preview

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Speech-to-Text Closed Captioning Analytics

Speech-to-text closed captioning analytics is making people’s lives better. It has numerous benefits such as allowing greater accessibility and better comprehension for viewers. By using analytics, speech-to-text closed captioning would be more accessible to the masses who could then reap the benefits of this service. Preview

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Optical Computing

Optical computing is the use of photons rather than electrons for computing architecture. Preview

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AI Enabled Search

AI Enabled Search relates to the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and techniques with Internet search functionalities, with a focus on creating unique experiences curated for the individual user. Preview

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Biodegradable Packaging

The Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast® is interested in biodegradable, compostable, or otherwise environmentally friendly packaging such as films, contains, wrappers, etc. Preview

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Cannabis

Cannabis is now legally being used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, alcoholism, anxiety, nausea (from chemotherapy) and epilepsy. Preview

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Consumer Sleep Technology

Sleep plays an important role in personal health and wellness. Retail service and technology providers are integrating new data and sensory technologies to attract new customers and provide attractive products for health conscious consumers. Preview

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Smart Footwear

Consumer demand has increased for wearable technology. Smart footwear has a wide variety of applications, including fitness, medical, team sports, video games, and virtual/augmented reality. According to a recent Market Research Future forecast, the smart footwear market is projected to reach a size of $6.51 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 32%. Preview

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Brain Machine Interface

The medical applications of this technology are numerous, from enhancing rehabilitation from brain injuries to training for prosthetics. With prominent tech giants like Samsung, Panasonic, IBM, Microsoft and Sony investing in this sector, this forecast is a vital asset for anyone wanting to incorporate neural control into their offerings. This forecast does not generally include implantable or neurostimulation devices. Preview

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Quantum Entanglement

While quantum entanglement may sound like something far off into the future, it's already being applied. Some example include medical imaging, computer gaming, and detecting chemical and biological weapon components. Click through to see what else is being developed with this phenomenon. The quantum entanglement forecast does not include quantum computing or quantum communication. These have their own separate forecast. Preview

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Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is the use of quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform computation. Preview

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Quantum Communication

Quantum Communication is the transmission of quantum information. Quantum cryptography is a practical application of quantum communication. The best known example of quantum cryptography is quantum key distribution which offers an information-theoretically secure solution to the key exchange problem. Preview

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Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots are designed to operate in close proximity and sometimes in tandem with humans for a variety of applications including assembly and manufacturing, home care, and service work. Preview

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Sports Analytics

The sports analytics sector provides an insight into data analytics and data applications as they relate to sports and the athletics experience. Preview

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AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Neurology

The human brain is a diverse system impacting many aspects of health. Artificial intelligence provides not only a means to better understand the brain, but to better support it as health issues appear. This sector considers general brain function, mental state, sensory, sleep, substance abuse, trauma, speech, microbiome, and specific conditions of the brain. Preview

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AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Other Innovation

Artificial intelligence and human health don’t stop with our general diagnostics, cardiology, neurology, and activity sectors. This sector covers AI/ML-centric advancements in auditory, dental, GI/hepatic, circulatory, immune, musculoskeletal, ocular, reproductive, respiratory, dermatological, urinary, rectal, and spectrometry related biotech. Preview

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AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Cardio

Cardiac technologies have improved the human condition for a long time, but artificial intelligence and machine learning are making these technologies exponentially more effective. This sector considers cardiac advancement in terms of acoustic, biochemical, electrical, fetal, pacing, physical, thrombi, multisensory, and microbiome developments. Preview

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AI Biotech/Diagnostics: Activity

Motion is one of the most natural aspects of the human condition, and a large component of staying healthy. Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies open the door to news ways of quantifying this aspect of human health and seeking solutions to improve it. This sector covers general activity, infant activity, medical and geriatric related activity, and nutrition powered by artificial intelligence. Preview

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AI Biotech/Diagnostics: General Diagnostics

For almost any bodily system, research institutions and biotechnology companies alike are harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect, analyze, and predict health conditions. Advancements in computational power and algorithmic potential have allowed for the application of machine learning, neural networks, and similar advanced systems in manners that were previously unavailable and on scales that were previously impossible. Preview

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Smart Cities: Traffic Control

Smart traffic control systems are designed to optimize the flow of traffic in a city to reduce congestion and lower travel times. To achieve this task, smart traffic control systems utilize a combination of the internet of things, edge computing, and artificial intelligence. Preview

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Smart Cities: UAVs

UAVs for communication networks and delivery in smart cities. Preview

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Smart Cities: Emergency Services and Waste Management

Optimization of emergency services and waste management within a smart city through the use of IoT technology. Preview

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Smart Cities: Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I)

Smart Cities: V2I is focuses on the infrastructure, devices, and network needed for vehicle to infrastructure communication. Preview

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Smart Cities: Electricity Grid

Smart Cities: Electricity Grid focuses on power grid management and security within a smart city, not including the monetization aspects of the grid. Preview

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AI Cybersecurity: Anomaly Detection

Modern detection algorithms inspect, label, and react to the unexpected machine and social events observed outside of baseline activity patterns created from big data and telemetry stream analysis. The advantage of AI detection is an incident response rate faster than any human could ever hope to achieve manually. Preview

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AI Cybersecurity: Analytics

Automated algorithms increase in breadth and accuracy when retrained and supervised by human experts. The analytical capabilities published by software platform, chipset manufacturers, telecom providers, and financial institutions describe the state of the art methods of classification and learning regarding vulnerability and traffic analysis. Preview

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AI Cybersecurity: Threat and Risk Management

Global enterprises and governments are taking a defense in breadth approach to securing their resources and digital assets. Hardware and software providers are bringing to market a host of new offerings to help create consistent, reactive, global policies that prescribe methods for risk assessment, prevention, protection, monitoring, and incident response for cyber attacks on a policy level. Preview

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AI Cybersecurity: Identity and Access Verification

Artificial intelligence algorithms quantify the risk of individual user access for secure information and enterprise systems. The dominant software platform providers and banks provide a variety of user identification techniques, including biometric and activity-based rules that grant or deny system access. Preview

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Securities Tokenization

Securities Tokenization is related to tokenizing securities. Preview

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Security and Defense

Investment in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for defense applications remains strong into 2020, with Boeing and IBM leading, but followed closely by independent inventors. Preview

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