The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by increasing demand for seamless connectivity in an interconnected world, with applications ranging from Internet of Things (IoT) devices to augmented reality experiences, and growing importance of technologies such as advanced modulation schemes, massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO), and beamforming techniques, all of which work together to optimize data transmission and reception in densely populated wireless environments. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on 5G in technology: concurrent wireless communicationBuy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 1.5 million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Concurrent wireless communication is a key innovation area in 5G

Concurrent wireless communication entails utilizing wireless technologies like Bluetooth to establish simultaneous connections between multiple devices. It also incorporates energy-efficient strategies to extend the battery life of earphones and minimize power usage in electronic devices. These strategies encompass techniques for seamless audio service switching between devices, protocols for data exchange, and procedures for role-switching in wireless headsets.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of concurrent wireless communication.

Key players in concurrent wireless communication – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to concurrent wireless communication

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
GoerTek 16 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 22 Unlock Company Profile
Yamaha 1 Unlock Company Profile
Texas Instruments 11 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 102 Unlock Company Profile
Silicon Laboratories 1 Unlock Company Profile
VeriSilicon 2 Unlock Company Profile
Starkey Hearing Technologies 8 Unlock Company Profile
Realtek Semiconductor 18 Unlock Company Profile
ROHM 10 Unlock Company Profile
Bose 11 Unlock Company Profile
RTX 1 Unlock Company Profile
Seikodo 2 Unlock Company Profile
Uber Technologies 11 Unlock Company Profile
Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications 8 Unlock Company Profile
Vivo Communication Technology 1 Unlock Company Profile
Bragi 28 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Goodix Technology 15 Unlock Company Profile
Zhuhai Jieli Technology 4 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi Technology 1 Unlock Company Profile
Intellectual Discovery 6 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi 14 Unlock Company Profile
1More USA 1 Unlock Company Profile
Finewell 14 Unlock Company Profile
VeriSilicon Microelectronics (Shanghai) 1 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Wentai Bio-Technology 1 Unlock Company Profile
Honor Device 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in concurrent wireless communication, Apple is one of the leading patents filers. The company’s patent focuses on the in-ear listening device comprises of housing with a speaker section and an extended tube, an audio opening in the speaker section, a speaker within the speaker section aligned to emit sound through the audio opening, a microphone opening in the extended tube, a microphone within the tube for receiving sound through the opening, a rechargeable battery, and a wireless antenna. It also includes wireless components for transmitting and receiving radio frequency signals, a touch-sensitive control on the housing for managing earbud functions, and battery charging circuitry within the housing to charge the rechargeable battery when connected to an external power source.  Other prominent patent filers in the space include Bragi and Qualcomm.       

In terms of application diversity, Silicon Laboratories leads the pack, while Finewell and ROHM stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Apple held the top position, followed by Finewell and Xiaomi.                    

Concurrent wireless communication in 5G technology is paramount for enabling seamless connectivity between multiple devices, allowing them to exchange data and function harmoniously in real-time. This capability empowers a diverse range of applications, from IoT ecosystems to immersive multimedia experiences.   

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on 5G.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.