Satellite Communication Patents – Innovation & Trends

Recently, NASA is researching on implementing artificial intelligence into space communications networks to meet demand and increase efficiency. Software-defined radios, like cognitive radios, leverage AI to utilize underutilized portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, a strategy protected by several patents. This approach aims to alleviate congestion and improve communication efficiency.

Furthermore, satellite-based communication appears as a viable solution for connecting the vast network of IoT devices scattered globally. Recognizing the potential, satellite operators are collaborating to develop new services and hardware, some of which are protected by patents, to unlock the full potential of the IoT ecosystem.

So, what’s next?

The Satellite Communication Industry is experiencing explosive growth worldwide, evidenced by the staggering number of patents filed in the US alone – over 29,000 between 2003 and 2018.

Uncover the full picture of Satellite Communication innovation! This report delves deeper into the technology trends shaping the future of the industry, explores the leading innovators driving regional growth, and offers a wealth of insights into this dynamic field.

This analysis is based on patent data from 2003-2018. Interested in the updated analysis?

What is the patent filing trend in Satellite Communication?

The chart below represents the patent filing trend within the Satellite Communication industry from the year 2003 to 2018.

Satellite Communication Patent Filing Trend

The rate of patent filing in the domain of satellite communication has seen some increment since year 2009. The chart shows that, prior to 2009, only marginal dip and rises took place. Post 2009, the filing is continuously rising.

Digging deeper into the patent data reveals that the cause of this increase is incorporation of some latest techniques in the satellite communication like, antenna diversity, MIMO, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing, etc.

The table below provides the number of applications filed and the number of patents granted from the year 2010 to 2018.

YearApplications Filed in Satellite Communication IndustryPatents Granted in Satellite Communication Industry
20184820
201710062335
201626551982
201526351896
201424311834
201324181735
201223431513
201118991208
201016971101

Technology Overview of Satellite Communication Patents

Technology Overview of Satellite Communication Patents
  • The high number of LEO patents (482) suggests a rapidly growing field with significant investment. Companies are likely racing to develop and deploy LEO constellations, indicating a perceived major role for LEO in the future of satellite communication.
  • Then the dominance of Cloud Computing patents (342) suggests a growing trend of integrating cloud-based services with satellite communication systems. This could be due to the benefits of cloud computing such as scalability, on-demand resource provisioning, and cost-effectiveness, which are particularly attractive for satellite communication systems that handle large amounts of data and require flexible resource allocation.
  • Optimizing Network Performance: HetNets combine various network technologies like cellular towers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and small cells. Patenting activity here with 317 patents related to the same, likely reflects ongoing innovation in managing these diverse technologies for seamless user experience, efficient resource allocation, and improved network performance.

Key companies filing patents in Satellite Communication

The chart below showcases the top 15 companies actively involved in research and development for innovations and technological advancements in Satellite Communication industry.

Key companies filing patents in Satellite Communication
  • The list highlights the dominance of established companies like Qualcomm, AT&T, and Boeing in the satellite communication domain, with Qualcomm holding around 17% of the top 15 patent filings.
  • The presence of companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony, primarily known for consumer electronics, suggests the growing convergence of the satellite communication industry with other sectors.
Technology Overview of Key Companies in Satellite Communication

This analysis provides an insight into areas of focus and innovations of companies thereby offering comprehensive snapshot of their contributions to the dynamic landscape of Satellite Communication technology.

The technology overview reveals a focus on diverse areas such as Signal Processing, Resource Management and Set-Top Box and many others as shown in the chart below:

Technology Overview of Key Companies in Satellite Communication

The table below shows the number of patents assigned to the top 25 companies in the Satellite Communication industry.

CompaniesPatents
Qualcomm1103
At&T678
Boeing546
Samsung438
Thales399
Mitsubishi357
Broadcom348
Sony315
Echostar272
LG243
Ericsson226
Thomson Licensing223
Nokia205
Seiko Group192
Wells Fargo Bank National Association161
Lockheed Martin158
Airbus157
Panasonic150
Intel146
Alcatel Lucent145
NEC140
Honeywell140
Northrop Grumman138
Google137
Raytheon Company124

Who are the leading innovators in the Satellite Communication?

The table below shows the number of patents assigned to the top 25 inventors in the Satellite Communication industry.

Inventors NamePatent Count
Liu Ruopeng83
Ji Chunlin81
Wang Wei73
Korotkikh Viktor Vladimirovich72
Oh Deock Gil67
Nesterishin Mikhail Vladlenovich67
Wu Wei Lin66
Karabinis Peter D66
Kim Jae Hoon63
Zhang Wei60
Yue Yutao59
Sheynbiat Leonid56
Zhang Jun53
Li Wei53
Li Jun52
Shen Ba Zhong50
Dikarev Viktor Ivanovich50
Wang Jian47
He Rong Liao47
Wang Xin46
White Scott45
Lei Zhang44
Liu Bo43
Wang Lei42
Sun Jun42

Which countries have filed patents in the Satellite Communication Industry?

Which are the prominent markets in this space? Are these prominent markets same as the R&D hubs?

This analysis highlights the contribution of different countries in international landscape of the Satellite Communication industry.

Satellite Communication Worldwide Patent Filing

Where are the Research Centers of Satellite Communication patents located?

The chart provides a snapshot of key contributors in the industry highlighting their pivotal role in developing novel approaches and solutions in Satellite Communication industry.

R&D Centres of Satellite Communication Industry

The United States is leading with highest number of patents showcasing its significant role in innovations and technological advancements in Satellite Communication industry. China and South Korea follow the US in patent filings indicating a focus on research and development (R&D) of Satellite Communication technologies in these Asian countries.

Leading companies in USA filing patents in Satellite Communication

This chart breaks down satellite communication patent ownership by leading US companies.

Leading companies in USA filing patents in Satellite Communication
Technology Overview of Key Companies in USA

US innovation in satellite communication spans a wide range of areas, encompassing everything from signal processing to repeater technologies.

Technology Overview of Key Companies in USA
Leading companies in China filing patents in Satellite Communication

This chart breaks down satellite communication patent ownership by leading Chinese companies.

Leading companies in China filing patents in Satellite Communication
Technology Overview of Key Companies in China

Chinese innovation in satellite communication spans a wide range of areas, encompassing everything from signal processing to repeater technologies.

Technology Overview of Key Companies in China
Leading companies in South Korea filing patents in Satellite Communication

This chart breaks down satellite communication patent ownership by leading South Korean companies.

Leading companies in South Korea filing patents in Satellite Communication
Technology Overview of Key Companies in South Korea

South Korean innovation in satellite communication spans a wide range of areas, encompassing everything from signal processing to repeater technologies.

Technology Overview of Key Companies in South Korea

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