MicroLED IP: startups and newcomers are challenging the heavyweights

Joining Apple, Samsung, LG, XDisplay, PlayNitride, Facebook and others, newcomers are accelerating microLED patenting activity.

“We estimate that as of Q1 2021, more than US$5 billion has already been spent on microLED development. Indeed, 37% have been spent on other company internal R&D and investments, 26% in Apple internal R&D, 24% were investments in startups and 13% have been spent in acquisitions.” asserts Eric Virey, Principal Analyst, Technology & Market, Displays at Yole Développement (Yole). He adds: “Activity is strongly dominated by Chinese companies, followed by Korea. LG and Samsung made strong showings in 2019 and kept up the pace in 2020 in terms of new applications”.

Samsung made a remarkable push with more than 130 new patent families, revolving for the most around its Display division’s self-assembled nanorod LED technology, often referred to as QNED. The patents show the technology maturing, and a commitment to tackle the challenges associated with moving QNED from the lab to the fab.

In this context, Yole investigates disruptive technologies and related markets in depth, to point out the latest innovations and underline the business opportunities.
Released today, the MicroLED Displays – Intellectual Property Landscape and Analysis 2021 report takes deep insights into the status of microLED display technologies, identifying emerging technologies and trends for each technology node. Including supply chain, IP leadership, newcomers and major trends, technical analysis, take away and outlook, this study also delivers an in-depth understanding of the ecosystem and main players’ strategies.

What is the status of the IP landscape? Who are the key leaders and emerging players? Who are the suppliers to watch, and what innovative technologies are they working on? Which organizations are developing similar concepts?

Yole presents today its vision of the microLED IP landscape for display applications… Full story

Source: http://www.yole.fr/

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