The Yewno Emerging Technologies DataFeed provides data on entity-specific exposure to transformative technologies that are likely to disrupt the real economy in the future. This DataFeed covers global public companies that produce intellectual property across 35 different emerging technology themes, e.g. Autonomous Vehicles, Deep Learning, and Quantum Computing. It provides over 100 entity-specific scores that quantify a company’s exposure to a specific emerging technology. These scores are generated using AI-based forward-looking intellectual property measures that leverage Yewno’s proprietary Knowledge Graph.
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The Yewno Emerging Technology DataFeed covers companies that have intellectual property in specific emerging technology categories. Figure 1 shows coverage of over 3,500 distinct companies that have a link to an emerging technology with history going back to 2011. Figure 2 highlights the 35 emerging technology categories, with the associated number of companies tagged to each one. All data is updated on a weekly basis.
Figure 1: Company Coverage by Region Over Time (Number of Companies)
Figure 2: Emerging Technologies & Company Counts
In addition to defining which companies are linked to specific emerging technologies, several scores/factors are also provided:
- Contribution Ratio - Ratio of entity IP in the target technology to the total IP produced related to the target technology
- Pure-Play Ratio - Ratio of entity IP in the target technology to the total entity IP
- Patent Count - Total number of granted patents within a one-year rolling window that are related to the target technology
These scores/factors are designed to unlock additional insights into company investment in specific emerging technologies. Figure 3 summarizes the overall process involved in their creation.
Figure 3: Methodology Summary
Example Use Case
While the Emerging Technologies DataFeed contains information on many exciting and disruptive technologies, one in particular has emerged recently on a global scale: Electric Vehicles (EV). From EV-only producers like Tesla to the big auto companies like Toyota and Ford, most auto manufacturers are making a big push into the EV market (for this example, we will exclude related categories of electric/lithium batteries, hybrids, autonomous vehicles, etc). Figure 4 highlights the companies that have been filing patents in this emerging technology.
Figure 4: Top 10 Companies with Granted Patents in Electric Vehicle Technologies
Toyota has over 1,400 granted patents related to EVs, almost 2.5x more than the next closest company. By analysing the trends of the contribution and pure-play ratios displayed in Figure 5, we can gain further insights into the EV market. Toyota’s average contribution ratio (on a range of 0 to 1) of 0.154 indicates that it has provided a significant impact to the overall EV technology, but its impact is declining over time as other companies file new patents. The average pure-play ratio of 0.076 (also a range of 0 to 1) indicates that EV-related patents are not the only emerging technology of interest; in fact, Toyota has patents in 29 of the 35 emerging technologies that Yewno has identified.
Figure 5: Ratios and Patent Counts
We can also look at companies that have a greater focus on EVs as one of their main emerging technology themes, even though they may not have a large number of patents relative to Toyota. The other five companies noted in Figure 5 all have average pure-play ratios above 0.2 on average (compared to Toyota’s 0.076), indicating their relatively high exposure to EVs. Some of these investments are fairly recent, such as Bollore, while others such as Tesla and RWE AG were much earlier. If your goal is to find companies with significant exposure to a specific emerging technology, Yewno’s Emerging Technology DataFeed can provide that insight.
We can take this one step further and commingle this data with FactSet RBICS Focus, which will show company exposure to these same technologies based on their industry classification. If we continue with Toyota as our example and look at the Conventional Engine Car Manufacturers Industry (Level 6), we can see the entire industry’s overall exposure to EVs.
Figure 6: RBICS Conventional Engine Car Manufacturers
There are also companies outside of the expected group of automotive companies shown above that have exposure to EVs. The companies highlighted in Figure 7 represent the highest-ranking company in their respective industry in terms of EV granted patents.
Figure 7: Top Companies in Other Industries with EV Exposure
There are also several ETFs that give investors a chance to take advantage of these emerging technologies. In Figure 8, we break down the constituents of one such ETF, KraneShares Electric Vehicles & Future Mobility Index (KARS-US), using several data sets:
- Top holdings of KARS-US from FactSet’s ETF Detail Holdings database
- Breakout of holdings in the RBICS industry of Conventional Engine Car Manufacturers vs. other industries
- Yewno’s Emerging Technology data, specifically for EVs
Figure 8: Top ETF Holdings for KARS-US
Combining these data sets highlights several key points:
- There are several companies in this top group of holdings that do not hold any EV-specific patents (although they may hold related patents in other emerging technologies)
- If you want exposure to EVs, there are plenty of companies in which to invest outside the Conventional Engine Car Manufacturers industry
- Some of the largest holders of EV patents are not represented in this ETF
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