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Capsule Endoscopy Patent Landscape
Aug.2014

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Description

Olympus and Given Imaging are leading intellectual property in the capsule endoscopy industry, but for how long?

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Capsule endoscopy is a medical procedure which has revolutionized endoscopy as it has enabled for the first time a painless inspection of the small intestine. The procedure was unveiled in 2000 and is based on a vitaminsize pill which captures images of the digestive tract while it is transported passively by peristalsis. The device consists of an image sensor, an illumination module, a radio-frequency transmitter and a battery.

This Patent Investigation is focused on capsule endoscopy and related technologies. More than 1,800 patent families related to capsule endoscopy field have been published worldwide up to July 2014.

In the early 1990s, Given imaging and Olympus filed the first concepts of capsule endoscopy for improving endoscopy. Those fundamental patents have been followed by an ever increasing number of patent applications since 2001 as more companies competed in capsule endoscopy to meet the technological challenges, the market demand and to lower manufacturing costs.

However, since 2009, the number of new patent applications are decreasing. As the industry matures, there’s less and less room for breakthrough innovation and fundamental patents that could shape the industry.

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More than 30 companies and academics are involved in capsule endoscopy IP, and most of the major capsule endoscopy players are present in the list of the top patent applicants. In a quantitative point of view, the main patent applicants are Olympus and Given Imaging. These companies have a large wide lead over their competitors. However, Siemens and Hoya are becoming major forces in the IP landscape. Other capsule endoscopy pure players are also present, such as Intromedic, Capsovision, Innurvation or Shenzen Zifu Technology.

Over 20 granted patents are expected to expire over the next 5 years (among them first capsule endoscopy US patent in early 2015). As some of the most fundamental patents are set to expire in the next few years, we expect the capsule endoscopy IP wall to become weaker. Moreover, differentiation opportunities remain and the development of any new technologies with disruptive properties (e.g., magnetic guidance system or therapeutic capsule endoscopes) could still provide significant benefits to its inventor.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY IP?
In the past few years capsule endoscopy opened the chance to conduct in a non invasive way diagnosis of a wide range of pathologies of the digestive tract. Since 2010, the number of patent filings has decreased, which suggests that the economic growth was driven by patented technologies rather than new innovation. In such conditions, we can expect an increase in the patent lawsuits. However, in the near future, IP capsule endoscopy could be focused on robotics and bioMEMS. Robotics will significantly contribute to make capsule endoscopy autonomous devices capable to bring a set of bioMEMS in targeted areas of the gastrointestinal tract, independently from an external operator. Currently, patents on in vivo microrobots for endoscopy are mainly filed by universities and extensive work is required for these to become clinical reality. These new integrated technologies may re-dynamize patent activities in capsule endoscopy, with the apparition of new players, probably mainly located in Asia.

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IDENTIFY KEY PLAYERS AND DISCOVER NEW IP CHALLENGERS

Over 30 companies and academics are involved in capsule endoscopy IP. Most of the major capsule endoscopy market players are present in the list of the top patent assignees. The report provides a ranking and analysis of the relative strength of the top capsule endoscopy patent holders derived from their portfolio size and patent citations networks. Based on this portfolio analysis as well as on their market interest, we have identified 15+ major players that are profiled in this report. Each profile includes a detailed portfolio analysis with patent activities, key patents, impacts of patent portfolio, granted patents near expiration and IP strategies.

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AN USEFUL PATENT DATABASE

The report also includes an excel database with all patents analyzed in the report.

This database allows multi-criteria searches and includes:

  • Patent publication number
  • Hyperlinks to the original documents
  • Priority date
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Applicants
  • Legal status
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Table of contents

Introduction


The authors p4

Scope of the report p5

Key features of the report p6

Objectives of the report p8

Terminologies for patent analysis p9

Methodology p12

Patent search strategy p14

Assignees mentioned in this report p15

Executive summary p20


Capsule Endoscopy Patent Landscape Overview p28


Time evolution of patent publications  p29

Country of patent filings p30

Time Evolution by Country of Filing p31

Current legal status of patents p32

Main Industrial Patent Applicant Rankingp33

Main Academic Patent Applicant Ranking p34

Time Evolution of Patent Applicants p35

Main IPC Classes p36

Time Evolution by IPCp37

Matrix Applicants / Main IPC p38

Matrix Applicants / Technology Issues p39

Country of Filing for Patent Applicant p40

Mapping of Main Current IP Applicants  p41

Mapping of Main Current IP Holders p42

Summary of Applicant’s Patent Portfolio p43

Degree of Specialization in Capsule Endoscopy p44

Actual IP Interest for Capsule Endoscopy p45

Leadership of Patent Applicants p46

Impact of Patent Portfolios p47

Patent Applicant IP Network p49

IP Blocking Potential of Applicants p51

Key Patent Families p52

Granted Patents Near Expiration p54

IP Litigation Given Imaging VS Olympus p56

IP Litigation Given Imaging VS IntroMedic p57

Potential Future Plaintiffs p59

Summary of Key Players   p60


OLYMPUS  p61

GIVEN IMAGING p62

SIEMENS  p63

HOYA  p64

INTROMEDICp65

FUJIFILM p66

SHENZHEN ZIFU TECH p67

CAPSOVISION p68

CHONGQING JINSHAN SCIENCE p69

KONICA MINOLTA p70

TOSHIBA p71

CHIPMOS p72

I3SYSTEM p73

INNURVATION p74

EVEREST DISPLAY  p75

MOREDNA p76

Conclusions   p77


Patents available for licensing   p81


Annexes   p89


Methodology for Key Patent Identification p90

KNOWMADE Company presentation p92

Contact p96

 

Companies cited

Olympus
Given Imaging
Siemens
Hoya
Intromedic
Fujifilm
Shenzhen Zifu Technology
Capsovision
Konica Minolta
Toshiba



Chipmos
I3system
Innurvation
Chongqing Jinshan Science
Everest Display
Moredna Technology
Guangzhou Baodan Medical Instruments Technology
Chung Shan Institute Of Science
Shanghai Jiao Tong Univertsity
Korea Institute Of Science Technology
Second Military Medical Univertsity
Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool Univertsity
Korea Electronics Technology Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant'anna
Chongqing University
Shenzhen Institute Of Adv Technology Cas
Sogang University
Tsinghua University

 

KEY FEATURES OF THE REPORT

  • Time evolution of patent publications and countries of patent filings.
  • Current legal status of patents.
  • Ranking of main patent applicants.
  • Joint developments and IP collaboration network of main patent applicants.
  • Key patents.
  • Granted patents near expiration.
  • Relative strength of main companies IP portfolio.
  • Overview of patent litigations.
  • Matrix applicants/technology issues for more than 15+ companies.
  • 15+ detailed company profiles
  • Excel database with all patents analyzed in the report.