Edge Computing: Past And Future

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In the past decade, massive growth and increasing computing power of IoT devices has resulted in unprecedented volumes of data. Trendsshow that there will be a continuous growth of data volumes as 5G networks has increased its number of connected devices. Further there will be the need of efficient management of data. Edge computing initially started in 1990s, when Akamai launched its CDN with an idea to introduce server nodes at locations geographically closer to the end user with an aim to shed the load of Central Server.However, the patent filing boom was observed in the late 1990s when a few of the top giants like Alcatel, Lucent, Bell labs along with other niche players invested a good amount of resources in R&D to acquire patent rights on efficient data processing and quick transmission of data pertaining to edge computing networks.Since then, patent offices across the world have seen massive increase in patents related to edge computing technology.

Growth in, fast and efficient communication protocols,standards and application of edge servers,in a wide set of industry segments. has given rise to patent infringement in the technology segment. This decade, Edge computing domain has witnessed thehighest number of patent litigation campaigns among all other technology segments. During the initial days of edge computing technology, a lot of patents, related to improvement in edge computing domain were filed,within a short span of time, therefore a lot of similar patents remained hidden from the search authorities during the prosecution of patent applicationswhich subsequently resulted  in a huge set of unique and inventive, non-valuable patents in the edge computing technology space. The said patents have also given rise to patent infringement complaints, by Non-practicing entities,against key players like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others that deal in products/services pertaining to edge computing.

In the last decade, edge computing technology has grown a lot, and is now being widely used in different industrial segments like Media &content distribution, Mobile communication, automotive, e-commerce etc. With the introduction of new age technologies such as 5G tech, connected cars, smart devices, the patent list is growing at a fast pace, covering different aspects of the edge computing technology ranging from resource allocation, resource management, data processing to security and power saving options. Our ICT Research team at K&K and IIPRD keeps an eye on the Edge computing technology segment and regularly evaluates the significance of technologies that are claimed in the new patents/ publications in the technology segment. You can click here to download a copy of our recent report that briefly summarizes the vertical and horizontal growth in the edge computing systems.

Author:  Sanjay Sharma, Patent Solutions Architect, at Global Patent Filing. In case of any queries please contact/write back to us at support@globalpatentfiling.com.