The patent landscape of graphene is changing rapidly, with dozens of fresh applications published every week. Patent reviews are one of the most popular topics on Graphene Tracker, and now we bring a list of our favorite patents (or patent applications) of this year.
The diversity of graphene’s uses is most obvious in the myriad of potential application that we’ve seen just in the two months since the start of the website, ranging from three-dimensional electronic circuits to artificial skulls to treat epilepsy. The artificial skull patent application filed by the University of Washington is probably my favorite this year.
We generally do not consider patents coming from educational institutions, as we try to stay focused on industrial applications, however this one was just too good to skip. Click the link above to read how professor D’Ambrosio and colleagues at the Department of Neurological Surgery plan to replace a part of a patient’s skull by a graphene composite to prevent epilepsy seizures. I hope companies pick up on this wonderful idea to benefit human health with our favorite material.
In the same week we saw my second-favorite patent application of the year, filed by Honda. The car manufacturer is planning to use graphene as part of a gas sensor with unprecedented detection sensitivity. The patent is interesting for three reasons:
- We didn’t know that Honda is interested in graphene. We love to see famous large companies filing graphene patents.
- The sensor has incredible sensitivity compared to other available gas sensors.
- Honda shows how to solve the technological problem of air and other molecules getting attached to the graphene and spoiling its purity.
Other than that, we have seen Xerox aiming to lower printing costs by using graphene in printing primers, and a continuous streak of patents and applications by known big players IBM and Samsung. IBM has mostly focused on electronics, in line with its popular research to date, while Samsung, not surprisingly, continues to develop flexible mobile phone screens with graphene. Vorbeck has also progressed in new directions, with a patent to use graphene in automobile tires.
It will be my pleasure to keep bringing patent news and reviews for years to come, and if I miss yours feel free to place a comment or send an email. I am always looking for new knowledge and unexpected fresh uses of graphene!