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CambridgeIP acts to support the acceleration of technology innovation and diffusion in the water industry in both developed and emerging economies. CambridgeIP’s Water Technology focus group works with utilities, technology developers and solutions providers, as well as investors and policy-makers, providing industry-leading consultancy and research. We have expertise in many water technology sectors and related industries, including: Desalination, Waste water treatment, Nanotechnology, Oil and gas, and ICT.


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Access to clean water is a basic human need and an important driver of social and economic development. Chronic water scarcity is already a reality in many countries, and the water systems of an increasing number of countries are seen as vulnerable. Technology can hold the key to solving many of these challenges.

A variety of players are found in the water industry value chain, from treatment device- and component- specialists to utilities or operators and even FMCG and electronics companies. New technologies can allow improvements in quality, and reductions in cost and environmental impact. Similar benefits can come from cross-over technologies, such as Smart water— a diverse field, including sensors, control systems, smart pipes and security, resulting from information and communications technology (ICT) crossing over into the water space. Increased innovation in the industry is resulting in higher rates of patenting and growing importance of an IP strategy and understanding of the patent landscape.

Our team covers a broad section of the water technology field. We have developed particular expertise in the following fields:

  • Waste water treatment
  • Oil and gas industry water technology
  • Desalination
  • Nanotechnology in the water industry
  • Modular/off-grid water
  • Goods manufacture
  • Smart water (based on ICT technology)
  • Renewable energy sources in the water industry

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Clients use our analysis to meet a range of business development requirements: Bullet point list e.g.:

  • Understand their patent landscape
  • Gather competitive intelligence
  • Formulate R&D strategies
  • Identify collaboration & in-licensing partners
  • Enable Freedom to Operate analysis
  • Support investment cases
  • Undertake M&A due diligence
  • Open Innovation
  • Highlight Technology ‘white space’
  • Inform Investment Opportunities
  • Technology Value Chain mapping
  • Develop Technology Roadmap

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