Research and innovation in industrial automation in the healthcare operations sector has stagnated in the last quarter.
The most recent figures show that the number of industrial automation patent applications in the industry stood at seven in the three months ending October – down from 21 over the same period last year.
Figures for patent grants related to industrial automation followed a different pattern to filings – growing from 13 in the three months ending October last year to 20 this year.
The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.
Industrial automation is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.
The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.
Fresenius SE & Co KGaA was the top industrial automation innovator in the healthcare operations sector in the last quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in Germany, filed 10 industrial automation related patents in the three months ending October. That was down from 36 over the same period last year.
It was followed by the United States based Omnicell Inc with six industrial automation patent applications.