The year 2017 was a wild one for the diamond industry, and 2017 also saw a huge spike in diamond-related patents.
In the year of the Diamond Summit, the number of diamond-oriented patents rose by 7,700, with 3,500 of these related to diamond-embedded technologies.
This year also saw the biggest spike in the number related to carbon nanotubes, as the number rose by a staggering 27,600, making 2017 the year that we have the largest number of carbon nanomaterials related to diamonds.
There were also a total of 20,000 patents related to advanced silicon-based optical technologies, and 7,000 related to the next-generation of high-resolution 3D printing.
The first half of 2017 was also a great year for the world of computer vision, thanks to a huge jump in the share of the overall global computing market, which jumped from 2.5% to 11.4%.
This year saw the second largest increase in the market share of computers in the world, up from 2% to 13.4%, thanks to advances in image recognition, 3D sensing, and image recognition technology.
In addition, we saw the first decline in the global share of computer hardware, with just over 3% of the global market now used by humans.
In 2017, the largest percentage drop occurred in the field of personal digital assistants, as a number of companies dropped from over 4% of devices sold worldwide to under 2%.
While 2017 saw a significant increase in diamond technology patents, the industry also saw some significant drops in diamond related patents, as well as in the numbers of other related patents.
For example, in 2017, there were a total 23,000 diamond-based technologies related to optical sensing, a number that had dropped by nearly 10% since 2016.
There was also another significant drop in the patent pool related to photonics, down by nearly 6% compared to 2016.
The biggest drops in the pool of related patents were in the fields of digital manufacturing, as there was a 9% drop in related patents related for the fabrication of materials with diamond in place of copper.
This was followed by 3,000 diamonds related patents dropped, due to advances made in the technology, such as diamond-free photonic devices.
In fact, 2017 saw the largest drop in diamonds related to electronics, as just over 9% of products sold worldwide were made with diamond-containing components.2017 was also an exciting year for many other technologies, as companies began to diversify their operations.
For instance, Intel’s chip division was a huge beneficiary of 2017, as its chips were the first to feature a diamond-like feature in the design.
The chip division also saw major increases in its number of employees, with over 5,000 more people being employed in the semiconductor business in 2017 than 2016.
Intel also announced a new partnership with the University of Waterloo to provide students with a new course in the area of diamond technology, and to launch a new diamond-centered accelerator, the Global Diamond Center.
These new opportunities in the diamond technology industry were also significant for the companies involved in carbon nanotechnology, as all of the major companies listed below are also participating in the Global Carbon Nanotechnology Initiative.