The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the increasing demand for interactive user interfaces, ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and versatility in various devices, and growing importance of technologies such as flexible films, conductive coatings, and sensing layers that enable accurate touch detection and responsiveness. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Technology Innovation: Resistive touch screen. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

300+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 2.5 million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, microphone beamforming, live betting games, and quantum dots are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Circuit design testing, smart contracts, and surround sound systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are, vehicle platooning, peripheral component interconnect (PCI) power management, and wireless microphones, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the technology industry

Resistive touch screen is a key innovation area in technology

A resistive touch screen is an input device that detects touch input through the pressure applied to a flexible layer coated with a resistive material. The point of contact is determined by pressing the layers together, and the controller detects the coordinates of the touch and sends the information to the processor.

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 90+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of resistive touch screen.

Key players in resistive touch screen – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

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

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

Patent volumes related to resistive touch screen

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Fujifilm 414 Unlock Company Profile
LG 395 Unlock Company Profile
Nitto Denko 290 Unlock Company Profile
LG Display 212 Unlock Company Profile
3M 182 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Electronics 139 Unlock Company Profile
Eastman Kodak 139 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Chemical 124 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Metal Mining 92 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 84 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen O-film Tech 84 Unlock Company Profile
Fujikura 84 Unlock Company Profile
Dexerials 78 Unlock Company Profile
Toray Industries 77 Unlock Company Profile
Showa Denko 57 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Electro-Mechanics 49 Unlock Company Profile
Innolux 48 Unlock Company Profile
Nissha 47 Unlock Company Profile
C3Nano 46 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Paper Mills 45 Unlock Company Profile
Alps Alpine 43 Unlock Company Profile
Kaneka 38 Unlock Company Profile
TPK 34 Unlock Company Profile
Toppan 33 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 30 Unlock Company Profile
TDK 29 Unlock Company Profile
Teijin 27 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 24 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 23 Unlock Company Profile
Nuovo Film 22 Unlock Company Profile
Dai Nippon Printing 21 Unlock Company Profile
DuPont de Nemours 20 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen O-film Technologies 20 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 19 Unlock Company Profile
Henkel 19 Unlock Company Profile
Applied Materials 19 Unlock Company Profile
General Interface Solution 19 Unlock Company Profile
Toyobo 18 Unlock Company Profile
ULVAC 17 Unlock Company Profile
DIC 17 Unlock Company Profile
JNC 16 Unlock Company Profile
Anhui Jingzhuo Optical Display Technology 16 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung SDI 15 Unlock Company Profile
KGIC Merger 15 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 14 Unlock Company Profile
ILJIN 14 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Corning Precision Materials 13 Unlock Company Profile
Corning 12 Unlock Company Profile
MIRAE NANOTECH 12 Unlock Company Profile
Gunze 11 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Fujifilm is a leading patent filer in resistive touch screen technology. One of the company’s patents focuses on creating a conductive film with a polarizer that maintains polarizer performance and prevents cracking caused by moisture and heat changes. The conductive film consists of a polarizer and a conductive layer containing fullerene functionalised carbon nanotubes. Additionally, a display device with a touch panel incorporating this conductive film is provided. 

Other prominent patent filers in the space include LG and Nitto Denko.

By geographic reach, Compal Electronics leads the pack, followed by Sekisui Chemical and NOK. In terms of application diversity, Teijin holds the top position, followed by Zeon and TactoTek.   

Resistive touch screens have significant importance in various industries as they offer cost-effective touch-sensitive input solutions. Their versatility and ability to work with both stylus and finger input make them suitable for a wide range of applications, including handheld devices, medical equipment, and industrial control systems. 

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

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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.