The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the surge in data-intensive applications, the proliferation of IoT devices, and the need for seamless connectivity in industries like healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities, and growing importance of technologies such as beamforming, massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) , and dynamic spectrum sharing, all contributing to the enhanced performance and capacity of 5G networks. 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: wireless traffic schedulingBuy 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.

Wireless traffic scheduling is a key innovation area in 5G

Dynamic time-slot allocation is a technique employed in wireless communication systems to adaptively distribute transmission opportunities in accordance with the specified session parameters from networked applications. This adjustment is made without the need for continuous requests, and the session parameters may involve aspects like flow control, quality-of-service needs, bandwidth demands, and the type of application. The objective is to flexibly and optimally allocate resources to align with the upper-layer resource needs and traffic dynamics within the system.

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 360+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of wireless traffic scheduling.

Key players in wireless traffic scheduling – 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 wireless traffic scheduling

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
ZTE 2009 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 5121 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 143 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonica 126 Unlock Company Profile
InterDigital 1109 Unlock Company Profile
MediaTek 258 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 936 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 180 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 148 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 243 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 1488 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 621 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 149 Unlock Company Profile
Kyocera 208 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 1855 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 766 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 966 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 2070 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 157 Unlock Company Profile
KT 131 Unlock Company Profile
SK Telecom 156 Unlock Company Profile
ASUSTeK Computer 180 Unlock Company Profile
BlackBerry 474 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 136 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 602 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 1538 Unlock Company Profile
China Mobile Communications Group 115 Unlock Company Profile
Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications 1661 Unlock Company Profile
Vivo Communication Technology 539 Unlock Company Profile
Sun Patent Trust 143 Unlock Company Profile
ELG Electronic Kft 168 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Langbo Communication Technology 226 Unlock Company Profile
China Mobile Communication 146 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in wireless traffic scheduling, Qualcomm is one of the leading patents filers. The company’s patent describes the systems and methods to streamline the process of transmitting scheduling information from an access terminal to a base station, facilitating effective scheduling decisions. This involves the access terminal sending scheduling information in two separate requests: broad scheduling details are conveyed through a dedicated external channel, while detailed scheduling information is transmitted through an internal channel. Other prominent patent filers in the space include Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and ZTE.                                           

In terms of application diversity, Microsoft leads the pack, while Broadcom and Panasonic stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, InterDigital held the top position, followed by Sun Patent Trust and Intel.                            

Wireless traffic scheduling in 5G technology is crucial for optimizing network efficiency and ensuring seamless communication. It allows for the intelligent allocation of resources, managing data transmission slots, and prioritizing traffic based on various parameters, ultimately enhancing the overall performance and user experience of the network.    

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.