The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, and growing importance of technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 710,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in medical: fall detection monitoring. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

30+ innovations will shape the medical devices industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the medical devices industry using innovation intensity models built on over 155,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, ultrasonic nebulizers and intra-oral 3D imaging are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Intraocular pressure monitoring, automated diabetes management, and tissue repair implants are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is CPR assistance devices, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the medical devices industry

Fall detection monitoring is a key innovation area in medical devices

Fall detection monitoring refers to a system or device that monitors a person's physical activity and automatically detects falls. The system uses sensors to measure and quantify the subject's physical activity and gait, and computes the subject's risk of falling. It performs the necessary computations, which can also be done in real time, and denoises the measurements using unique time-frequency filters.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of fall detection monitoring.

Key players in fall detection monitoring – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to fall detection monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Koninklijke Philips 221 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 57 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 45 Unlock Company Profile
Sotera Wireless 44 Unlock Company Profile
Starkey Hearing Technologies 34 Unlock Company Profile
CurAegis Technologies 24 Unlock Company Profile
Next Step Dynamics 23 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 21 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 21 Unlock Company Profile
Empire 18 Unlock Company Profile
Aliphcom 16 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 16 Unlock Company Profile
Xiaomi 15 Unlock Company Profile
Bose 15 Unlock Company Profile
Ellcie Healthy 14 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 14 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 13 Unlock Company Profile
Palarum 12 Unlock Company Profile
Medtronic 10 Unlock Company Profile
Smith & Nephew 10 Unlock Company Profile
Samduk Tongsang 9 Unlock Company Profile
Hip Hope Technologies 9 Unlock Company Profile
Best Buy 9 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 9 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 9 Unlock Company Profile
Wistron 9 Unlock Company Profile
MSA Safety 9 Unlock Company Profile
Alarmcom 8 Unlock Company Profile
Boston Scientific 7 Unlock Company Profile
Innovate Ag 6 Unlock Company Profile
Triage Wireless 6 Unlock Company Profile
One Million Metrics 6 Unlock Company Profile
SkyGuard 6 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 5 Unlock Company Profile
ATLASense Biomed 5 Unlock Company Profile
Guangdong Appscomm 5 Unlock Company Profile
FitStar Labs 5 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 5 Unlock Company Profile
AFrame Digital 4 Unlock Company Profile
Orthocare Innovations 4 Unlock Company Profile
Barron Associates 3 Unlock Company Profile
UCare 3 Unlock Company Profile
Cox Enterprises 3 Unlock Company Profile
Korea Digital Exchange 3 Unlock Company Profile
Global Kinetics 3 Unlock Company Profile
SenterCare 2 Unlock Company Profile
Fred Bergman Healthcare 2 Unlock Company Profile
LG 2 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 2 Unlock Company Profile
Singapore General Hospital 2 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Koninklijke Philips and Alphabet are two of the leading patent filers in fall detection monitoring. Some other key patent filers include Apple, Sotera Wireless, and Starkey Hearing Technologies.

In terms of application diversity, Hip Hope Technologies leads the pack, while Bose and Orthocare Innovations stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Sotera Wireless held the top position, followed by Alphabet and CurAegis Technologies.

Advancements in sensor technology and artificial intelligence are set to refine accuracy and response times of these devices. Against this backdrop, the future of fall detection monitoring in the medical devices industry appears promising. These innovations will significantly enhance elderly care, reducing response times during emergencies and ensuring proactive assistance, thereby mitigating fall-related injuries and enhancing overall safety.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Medical Devices.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.