Battery technology for use in vehicles is progressing and gaining momentum, but at present still can’t match the performance of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Chemical innovation leads the development of new materials and we have a wealth of experience in patenting across the automotive, consumer electronics (handheld electronic devices), energy storage and medical devices fields — especially for the following:
— Battery pack components including modular cases and connectors, thermal management systems, battery management systems, hardware and software.
— Cell components including anode and cathode films, slurry mixings and coatings, electrolyte materials and solutions, separators and laminate structures.
— Cell component materials including foils, anode and cathode materials, formulations for coatings and films, insulating and conducting materials for positioning between electrodes and electrolytes.
— Fundamental materials and alloys including copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese, aluminium and other metal alloys and oxides, graphite and other high-conductivity carbon materials, organic and inorganic carbonates, sulphates and phosphates, ceramics, polymers (particularly as solid-state electrolytes).
Battery technology has seen intensive patent activity in recent years, with over 30,000 patent families published worldwide in 2017. Our team is perfectly placed to help you create effective patent portfolios which protect your cutting-edge technologies and developments.
Active areas of research in which we have experience include the process- and chemical-based solutions to the problem of upscaling battery technology from the laboratory to general production. Our team not only includes chemists but also electronics and software specialists, enabling us to assist you with battery management systems and optimisation software.
Patent protection is vital for new, innovative cathode- and anode-active materials, as well as electrolyte systems including solution and solid-state electrolytes. Anode and cathode intermediate foils, together with binders, solvents and additives are all areas of intensive patent activity in which we have experience.