This message provides information about the key applicants who registered the largest number of patent applications in 2018 in the field of technologies related to the production of energy from bioresources, including the production of biogas, biofuels from cellulose, algae or syngas. In total, more than 1,600 patent documents from 36 patent offices around the world and prepared by 836 representatives from 42 countries were selected for consideration. In patent applications, 1,473 individual groups of international patent classification were found. Patent retrieval and patent processing procedures are available on the Advanced Energy Technologies website.
A list of the top 10 applicants is presented in the table below. These companies filed 259 patent applications, or about 17.5% of the total. The list is unusually multinational as it includes companies from nine countries from three major economic regions - the United States, Europe and China. The undisputed leader, as in previous years, was the American company Xyleco Inc.
Top 10 applicants by the number of patent applications filed in 2018
|Status||Country||Name||Average, Rate||Total, 2018|
|Company||NL||DSM IP Assets B.V.||10.5||20|
|Company||GB||Jonson Matthey Pls||10.5||19|
|Company||AT||Evonik Fibres Gmbh||10.3||17|
|Company||CH||Clariant International AG||11.2||15|
|Company||CN||Beijing Huashi United Energy Technology Development Co., Ltd||11.5||12|
|Company||CN||China Petroleum & Chemical Company||10.9||11|
Source: Advanced Energy Technologies
The share of Xyleco Inc. in the register of intellectual property in the review of patent documents amounted to more than 7%. Most of Xyleco’s applications were filed with foreign patent offices, and as a result the company has also become a leader in patenting among non-residents.
The top 10 European companies were represented by residents of the Netherlands, Great Britain, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark.
Most of the represented companies patented in different countries, except for the Chinese China Petroleum & Chemical Company, which filed its applications exclusively with its own patent office. Of the 21 patent offices in the world where key applicants have been patented, it is difficult to identify the dominant ones, although the USPTO, CNIPA, INPI and EPO are most often mentioned among others.
Xyleco Inc. patented its technical solutions in 13 patent offices, and the largest number of patent applications were filed with IP Australia, USPTO, KIPO, EAPO and JPO.
Distribution of patent applications by patent offices around the world among the top 10 applicants
Source: Advanced Energy Technologies
CIPO (CA) - Canadian Intellectual Property Office; CNIPA (CN) - National Intellectual Property Administration; DPMA (DE) - German Patent and Trade Mark Office; EPO - European Patent Organization; IMPI (MX) - Mexican Institute of Industrial Property; INAPI (CL) - National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile); INNORPI (TN) - National Institute for Standardization and Industrial; INPI (AR) - National Institute of Industrial Property (Argentina); INPI (BR) - National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil); IP Australia (AU) - IP Australia; IPOS (SG) - Intellectual Property Office of Singapore; JPO (JP) - Industrial Property Office (Japan); KIPO (KR) - Korean Intellectual Property Office; Rospatent (RU) - Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Russia); TIPO (TW) - Taiwan Intellectual Property Office; USPTO (US) - United States Patent and Trademark Office; WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
Among the top 10 leading applicants bioenergy technologies related to the production of biogas, cellulosic bioethanol and fuel from algae were most often mentioned. To a lesser extent - methods of thermochemical processing of biomass. For example, in the case of Xyleco Inc. most of the patent applications - almost 73% - are related to the production of Cellulosic ethanol, and 21% to the production of fuel from algae. In the case of Johnson Matthey Plc. in almost 90% - the production of biogas, including from municipal waste and sewage, and only 6 patent applications related to Biomass gasification.
Technological interests of the top 10 applicants
Source: Advanced Energy Technologies
AES - Additional equipment, substances; CD - Methods of control and diagnostics; COS - Chemistry and other substances; CS - Capture and separation; CUW - Capture, utilization of solid, liquid and gaseous wastes; FT - Finishing treatment; PP - Primary processing; PTF - Pre-treatment of feedstock; SE - Secondary equipment
In the case of China Petroleum & Chemical Company, Novozymes A/S, Neste Oyj and Xyleco Inc., the list of technological aspects includes from 4 to 6 different technologies; however, among them there is always mention of Pre-treatment of feedstock, Secondary equipment, Primary processing and Chemistry and other substances.
The highest bibliographic rating according to the Advanced Energy Technologies methodology received patent applications from Xyleco Inc. this year, including:- Treating biomass / A: AU2017276162A1 / IPC: B01J19/08, C12P19/00, G21K5/10 / Peters Anthony, Medoff Marshall, Masterman Thomas Craig, Paradis Robert, IP Kenny Kin-Chui / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 11.12.2017; Publ. date: 04.01.2018
- Processing materials / A: US20180305624A1 / IPC: C10G15/10 / Medoff Marshall / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 22.06.2018; Publ. date: 25.10.2018
-バイオマスの処理 (Treating biomass) / A: JP2018136319A / IPC: G21K5/00, B09B5/00, G21K1/04, G21K5/04 / Peters Anthony, Medoff Marshall, Masterman Thomas Craig, Paradis Robert, IP Kenny Kin-Chui / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 01.03.2018; Publ. date: 30.08.2018
-生物质的处理 (Treating biomass) / A: CN108913733A / IPC: C12P19/14, B01J19/08, C12P19/02, H01J5/18, H01J7/26, H01J33/04 / Peters Anthony, Medoff Marshall, Masterman Thomas Craig, Paradis Robert, IP Kenny Kin-Chui / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 10.10.2013; Publ. date: 30.11.2018
In the documents below, the largest number of various sections of the International Patent Classification (B, C, D, E, G, and H) was found, which at least indicates the fact that the inventions were created at the junction of various technical disciplines and may have an unusually high originality level:
Processing materials / A: US20180038048A1 / IPC: B01D15/02, B01D53/32, B01D61/44, B01J19/08, B65G27/00, B65G53/04, B65G53/40, C07C29/149, C07C31/12, C10G1/00, C10L9/08, C12M1/00, C12P19/02, C12P19/14, C12P7/06, C12P7/10, C12P7/52, C13K1/02, C13K13/00, D21C9/00, E04B1/92, G21F7/00, H01J37/317 / Medoff Marshall, Masterman Thomas Craig, Paradis Robert / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 11.10.2017; Publ. date: 08.02.2018
Reconfigureable processing enclosures / A: US20180016745A1 / IPC: B01D15/02, B01D53/32, B01D61/44, B01J19/08, B65G27/00, B65G53/04, B65G53/40, C07C29/149, C10G1/00, C10L9/08, C12M1/00, C12P19/02, C12P19/14, C12P7/06, C12P7/10, C12P7/52, C13K1/02, C13K13/00, D21C9/00, E04B1/92, G21F7/00, H01J37/317 / Medoff Marshall, Masterman Thomas Craig, Paradis Robert / Xyleco Inc / Appl. date: 29.08.2017; Publ. date: 18.01.2018
In the group of patent documents that were not included in the previously formed patent families (single applications) and having at the same time a sufficiently high bibliographic rating, the Chinese applicants prevailed:
一种生物质废弃物液化-气化处理方法及气化装置 (Liquefaction-gasification treatment method and gasification device for biomass waste) / A: CN108192670A / IPC: C10J3/54, C10J3/56, C10J3/72 / ChenZezhi, GongHuijuan, YangXinyu, YangZiyi, DuMengfan, HeHai, WuWeili / UnivNanjing / Appl. date: 20.12.2017; Publ. date: 22.06.2018
一种以聚乙二醇-水为介质的木质纤维素分步糖化发酵法 (Step-by-step lignocelluloses saccharifying fermentation method with polyvinylglycol-water as medium) / A: CN107916280A / IPC: C12P19/14, C12P7/10 / ZhangZongchao, LiuXiumei, MaoLiaoyuan / DalianInstChem&PhysicsCAS / Appl. date: 11.10.2016; Publ. date: 17.04.2018
一种木质纤维素水解液的原位脱毒发酵法 (In-situ detoxification and fermentation method for lignocellulose hydrolysate) / A: CN107916279A / IPC: C12P7/10 / Zhang Zongchao, Liu Xiumei, Mao Liaoyuan / Dalian Inst Chem & Physics CAS / Appl. date: 11.10.2016; Publ. date: 17.04.2018
- Sulfur dioxide and/or sulfurous acid pretreatment with sulfur dioxide recovery / A: US20180037863A1 / IPC: C12M1/00, C12P19/02, C12P19/14, C12P7/10, C12P7/14, D21C1/02, D21C1/04, D21C3/06 / Foody Brian, Macdonald Daniel G, Martens Kristin, Leduc Natacha, Dechman John, Griffin Robert / Iogen Corporation / Appl. date: 16.03.2016; Publ. date: 08.02.2018
More detailed information on the methodology as well as on the results of patent researches in the most important fields of contemporary energy industry can be found at Advanced Energy Technologies.