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WIPO Technology Trends 2021 – Assistive Technology

This recently released World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Report finds significant growth in assistive technologies as they find greater application in consumer goods.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognises access to assistive technology as a human right, bringing with it state obligations and expected market influence.

Currently, over 1 billion users worldwide require assistive technology. As people age and consumer electronics and assistive products evolve it is likely this figure will reach 2 billion by 2050. In addition to legislation and policies, the assistive technology market is influenced by demographics and the demand for consumer electronics.

The report looks at patenting and technology trends in innovation in assistive technology. It identifies the prominent technologies, top players and markets for patent protection across seven domains – mobility, cognition, communication, hearing, the built environment, self-care and vision. Using a scale of technology readiness, it reveals which of the identified assistive products filed for patent protection are closest to commercialisation.

For further information and to download an accessible version of the report click here

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