«Cutting-edge» technologies

Technology profile analyses

Together with the Swiss Patent Office, BAK Economics has developed a globally unique approach to technology analysis. It allows for the first time the concrete measurement and evaluation of research and technology activities of regions, companies and countries - worldwide.

    Brochure Cutting Edge Technologies

    BAK Approach

    Technologies instead of industries - "how is it produced" instead of "what is produced"

    The significance of classical economic structure analyses with a focus on sectors is limited, because it follows the traditional economic logic "what is produced?” In doing so, technical progress is completely concealed. The new BAK technology approach follows the logic "how is it produced" and focuses on technical progress.

    Class instead of mass - world-class research instead of research expenditure

    Previous analyses of technological sustainability based on patent analyses have not assessed the relevance of the respective invention - every patent is counted. Accordingly, these traditional approaches measure mass instead of class. With the BAK technology approach, patent quality is at the centre of the analysis for the first time. For each technology, the world's most important patents are identified and assigned to the respective countries, regions and companies and research institutions.

    Regions instead of countries

    Classical international comparisons often take place at country level. This overlooks the fact that the performance of the countries is primarily driven by individual regions. The differentiation of innovative strength according to technologies allows the creation of well-founded, regional technology profiles and enables comprehensive comparison with national and international competitor and reference regions.

    In a nutshell, this means:

    • Analysis of world-class research instead of just mass research
    • Analysis of cutting edge technologies instead of just classic innovation
    • Allocation of innovation performance to the region in which it was effectively delivered

    Your questions

    • How well is the region positioned in terms of cutting edge technologies?
    • How well does the region compare with reference or competitor regions as a whole? Which technological overlaps are there or which cutting edge technologies are more strongly represented in the region?
    • What is the innovative strength of about 5 selected innovative companies in the region? What are the technological focal points of these companies in the region or outside of it?

    BAK Technologies

    The analysis can be carried out for a selection of the following cutting edge technologies that have already been conceptually defined.

    Selection of the defined BAK cutting edge technologies (November 2019)


    • Additive Manufacturing Materials
    • Advanced Materials
    • Carbon / Graphene
    • Catalysts
    • Ceramics
    • Material Science
    • Nanomaterials
    • Smart Polymers



    • Additive Manufacturing
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Autonomous Driving
    • Carbon Capture
    • Collaborative Robots
    • Drones
    • Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
    • Micromechanics
    • Nanostructures
    • Photonics
    • Robotic
    • Security Printing
    • Sensors
    • Wearables



    • Biomass Fermentation
    • Clean Tech
    • Energy Storage
    • Energy Conversion
    • Energy Generation
    • Fuel Cells
    • Lithium Battery / NiMH Battery
    • Smart Grid



    • Blockchain
    • Cyber Security
    • Digital Medtech
    • Electronic Gaming
    • Image Analysis
    • Internet of Things (IoT): Machine to Machine
    • IoT: Smart House
    • IoT: Smart City
    • FinTech (Insuretech, Payment Architecture, Regtech, Wealth Management)
    • Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence
    • Prevent & Predictive Maintenance
    • Process Automation
    • Quantum Computer
    • Speech Analysis


    Life Science

    • 3D-Printing in Medtech
    • Artificial Joints
    • Bioprinting
    • Biosensor / Microfluidic / Lab-on-a-Chip
    • Biotech (Red, Green, White)
    • Cancer Therapies
    • Immunotherapy
    • Medical Bionics
    • Medtech
    • Neuroprosthetics
    • Pharma
    • Protein Engineering
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Virus/Antibody Therapies

    In principle, the analysis can also be carried out for the classic WIPO technology fields. Although the definitions of these technology fields are now more than 20 years old and were, among other things, a motivation for the development of BAK cutting edge technologies, they are still widely used and may be useful in individual cases for reasons of compatibility.

    It is also possible to develop your own technology definitions.

    Order a technology profile of your region:

    As a result, the client receives a report or a chart set (approx. 15 graphics or slides) with the following content:

    • Technology profile for your region with 15 technologies each and a freely selectable reference or competitor region
    • Technology profiles for approx. 5 selected companies
    • Report or a PowerPoint presentation as a chartbook with technology profiles in the style of the example illustrations, the essential statements and background information
    Chart SetReport

    Informative and structured, attractive design, fully editable, including underlying data

    Well-founded analyses, visually attractive, implementation-oriented format, directly usable

    User-definable samples

    User-definable samples

    Delivered in PowerPoint and Excel

    Delivered in Word and Excel

    Can be delivered within 3 weeks

    Can be delivered within 2 months

    For internal and external communication

    Basis for action

    Chartset Sample

    Example Study