Patent Trends


Published: 2 March 2020

Patent Trends fighting against the impact of global warming


With denser populations and energy networks, cities suffer worst from the increase due to the heat island effect: The air temperature of a city with 1 million inhabitants can be between 1-3◦ C warmer than its surroundings.

Starting with a keyword search to look for reflective coatings, class codes for the technology area were identified along with additional keywords used to refine the search criteria. Using online patent tools allow multiple insights to be gained on the topic, showing the key players and jurisdictions involved in leading these technologies forward. Included amongst these results are patents for reflective glass-granule substrates to reflect light, weather resistant coatings designed for use within solar panelling and stealth paint designed to hide spy craft from IF sensors. An excellent example of a patent describing a technology to solve one problem that can be repurposed as a solution for an entirely different scenario, is the Chinese patent application: CN20181172242 applied for in March this year.

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