International Business Machines had 11 patents in batteries during Q1 2024. IBM has filed patents for a mobile charging station for transporting and recharging multiple UAVs, a system for flushing electrolyte out of a battery during a thermal runaway event, a fire suppressant system with an integrated battery feature, and a rechargeable metal halide battery with increased metal halide utilization using conductive additives. GlobalData’s report on International Business Machines gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

International Business Machines grant share with batteries as a theme is 36% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Flying charging station for transporting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) (Patent ID: US20240100980A1)

The patent filed by IBM describes a mobile charging station in the form of a carrier UAV that can transport and recharge multiple smaller UAVs, such as passenger UAVs. This system allows the smaller UAVs to extend their range by riding on the larger carrier UAV, while also providing the capability to recharge or replace their batteries, including lithium ion batteries, or recharge hydrogen fuel cells. The carrier UAV features a frame, propulsion system, control system, mobile charging battery, and multiple charging ports with associated circuitry to facilitate the recharging process.

Additionally, the patent outlines various claims related to the mobile UAV charging station, including the ability to accommodate and protect the passenger UAVs within the carrier UAV frame, the use of flapping-wing ornithopter (FWO) passenger UAVs, and the inclusion of a battery replacement system for replaceable passenger UAV batteries. The system is designed to be controlled by computer code within the UAV control system, allowing for the dispatch and receipt of passenger UAVs while the carrier UAV is in flight. Furthermore, the patent details variations of the mobile charging station for different types of batteries, such as lithium ion batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells, with corresponding recharging or replacement systems in place to support these different power sources.

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