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Technology Profile: Optical Fiber

Updated Time: 15 Nov 2018

There are a total of 2,278,868 individual patents related to fiber optic technology globally. Based on the countries of patent applications, the key markets are the United States, WIPO, and the European Patent Office. The top companies who own patents concerning fiber optics are IBM, Qualcomm and Sumitomo Electric Industries.

834,153 Active Patents

1,575,981 Grants

1,864,075 Applications

A majority of patent applications concerning optical fiber have been filed and granted in the last 20 years. There are currently 834,153 active patents related to fiber optics.

Key Technologies

Top 10 technology areas that fiber optic related patents fall into, with the size of the box corresponding to the number of patents.

Influential Patents

The ranking below shows the top 5 patents for fiber optics that have been cited most frequently by other patents. It indicates which patents are more prolific and have had their technology built upon by others.

Geographic Prominence

The geographic map below shows the breakdown of patents related to optical fiber across different jurisdictions. It indicates the markets where the technology is being commercialised.


Patent Owners

The graph below shows the top companies and individuals and the number of patents they own related to fiber optics.

Research Funding

The chart below shows the number of projects and level of research funding related to fiber optic technology over the past 5 years.

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