Innovation Hot Spots: Thomson Reuters Analysis of World Patent Activity Identifies Technology Areas Showing Sharpest Growth

    Global Intellectual Property Analysis Finds Areas of Biofuels,
Telecommunication and Nanotechnology Show Strong R&D Growth Through Q109

    PHILADELPHIA, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Biofuels based on algae are among
the hottest areas of R&D in the global intellectual property marketplace,
according to an analysis of world patent activity published today by the IP
Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.  The research paper, Innovation Hot
Spots: Mining Patent Data for Tomorrow's Breakthroughs, tracks unique
inventions published in patent applications and granted patents from 2003,
2008 and 2009 to identify technology areas showing the sharpest growth over
the last five years.

    Focused within the fields of biofuels, telecom and bio-related
nanotechnology -- areas that have been identified by Thomson Reuters analysts
as hotbeds of inventive activity over the last five years -- researchers found
that the three areas showing the biggest increases in patenting activity are
the following:

    --  Biofuels Based on Algae: Patenting activity in the field of
        biofuels -- third generation biofuels which produce a negligible
        on the human food chain -- increased significantly from 2003 to 2009.
    --  Cell Phone Data/Wireless Network Roaming: Patenting activity in the
        field of cellular/wireless network roaming has increased 520% from
        2003-2009, with 26,415 unique inventions published in the most recent

    --  Lab-on-a-Chip Nanotechnology:  Patenting activity in the field of
        lab-on-a-chip nanotechnology, which brings together the worlds of
        genetic engineering and nanotechnology, grew 220% between 2003 and
        2009, reaching a total of 1,682 unique inventions in the most recent

    In addition to tracking the growth of patenting activity in each field,
the analysis also identifies the companies who are most active in these spaces
and the countries in which they are seeking patent protection.

    The data in this report was compiled using the Thomson Reuters Derwent
World Patents Index (DWPI) database.

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