With this being Autism Awareness month, we wanted to look back at the US patent landscape over the past few years to see what patents are connected and tied to Autism uses. We will segment the research by various patent classifications to identify insights across sectors.
The first area we looked at were classes in the medical science A61 codes within the Medical or Veterinary Science; Hygiene codes that cover identification and treatment areas. When looking at patent applications and grants since 2010, we see consistent filings over the past five years. When it comes to 2021, we are still waiting for news on applications as 2022 continues and many applications have yet to be published.
The most active applicants include large life sciences companies and universities.
Looking at the patents themselves, we see a majority have broad coverage in terms of treatment areas; not solely being used for the treatment or evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Those that are solely focused on Autism Spectrum Disorder range from the treatment of Autism with cannabidiol to the earlier identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder which aids earlier intervention and identification (e.g. the patent titled “Antigenic Peptides and uses thereof for diagnosing and treating autism).
We also found a patent on a Robot-aided system and method for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder out of George Washington University.
We also looked at the G06 Physics: Instruments: Computing; Calculating; Counting code and saw similar patenting trends from applications and grants.
Here we saw a different make-up of companies with the entry of IBM, but also similar universities appearing such as the University of California and Harvard College.
Overall, we saw the use of technology to aid the identification and treatment of Autism from the use of mixed reality.
Including a learning platform for persons having Autism.
We wanted to highlight some of these technologies and trends as a way of supporting the Autism community this month and show the areas in which patents are focused on helping identify and assist with the treatment of those with Autism and their families.