• Boolean IP Team

Self-Watering Technology - Patent Filing and Innovation Trends

Updated: Nov 29



Executive Summary


This report is commissioned to examine the global innovation & patenting trends in the domain of Self Watering Technology, in particular based on study of patent filings between 2010 - 2020.


Self-watering domain has seen patenting activity mostly in the last 10 years and most promising patents have been filed in last 5 years only. Accordingly, this study was restricted to patents filed after 2010. Looking at high number of filings happening in this domain by enterprises of all sizes, universities, and researchers etc., it becomes much vital to have a keen evaluation of the patenting activity to understand the innovation trends.


The initial research aims to give the readers a clear insight regarding the comparative patenting activity among different players in the domain. A closer look at the patenting activity demonstrates a constant rise in the filing specifically after 2015 wherein a steep rise globally can be observed.


This motivated us to take a deeper dive and analyze critically the various parameters and aspects of Self-watering technology. Further, country-wise (CN, KR, US, JP, TW etc.) patent filing trends in Self-watering techniques were also evaluated while also revealing the major players in each category. A comparative analysis of R&D strategy and portfolio strength for few major players was also evaluated.


Finally, a few prominent recommendations were identified for the players in Self-watering technology that shall help them evaluate the scope of their innovation & opportunities of expansion.



INTRODUCTION


Deforestation and rising pollution are driving the current problem of Global warming and Climate change. As per the World Bank, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest between 1990 and 2016.


The problem of climate change is not hidden as every year its consequences are faced by the world in various forms like Floods, rising environment temperature, earthquakes, etc. Understanding the situation, the United nations had initiated a convention, named Paris Climate agreement on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance in 2016. Many countries have shown commitment to save environment through various ways in which Reforestation or planting more trees is the major step.


However, the major challenge in reforestation is management of plants and trees to protect them from dying due to lack of water and other required nutrients. It has been noticed that many programs throughout the world are being run to mark planting large number of trees but after the plantation drives, many plants die due to lack of care. To mitigate this problem, self-watering technology is being used and researched to manage reforestation drives efficiently. This study discusses some of the recent patent and technology trends in self-watering technology.


OVERALL TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS AND TRENDS


Below chart shows the patents categorized in different technology areas in the domain of self watering technology.

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