Joining of materials
A patent landscape analysis: The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the patent data within the technology of joining. The report also comprises an analysis of the patent activity within this technological field, and a more detailed analysis of the five different metal joining methods.
This report is based on a collaboration between the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and the Research Council of Norway as a measure to bring knowledge of IPR (Industrial Property Rights) into public funded research projects. The report aims to uncover opportunities and challenges in IPR by mapping the patent landscape in the technical area.
Two patent data sets were gathered and used for further analysis, one larger set for an overview of the technical area, and one dataset consisting of five subareas chosen in collaboration with SFI Manufacturing as key research areas within welding technology.