inkjet patent reviews

Simplifying the directions of inkjet innovations through patent reviews

The bimonthly inkjet technology review publication based on recent patents

Patents and patent applications provide a wealth of raw information, but few executives, managers, engineers or scientists have time to read them every month, let alone pick those of interest, analyse them and decide what’s relevant.


Therefore, a unique service – Directions – was established and is now in its 26th year. Experts in printhead, ink and substrate technology filter and review key inkjet patents and industry news published. Subscribers receive six reports a year with reviews of the most significant inkjet printhead, ink and substrate patent applications. European, US and global (PCT) patent applications are reviewed. Both the expertise of our reviewers and reference to our Directions database spanning more than two decades help ensure the most relevant inkjet advances are reviewed.


Clear illustration using the most relevant drawings from the patents ensures Directions provides a fast, easy way to stay in tune with the inkjet industry. Can your business afford not to use this insightful inkjet resource?


It has been observed that global disruptions like a banking crisis, an epidemic etc., tend to accelerate an adoption of more efficient technologies, in particular digital technologies. It is likely that those adopting inkjet technologies during Covid-19 and emerging up and running with them post Covid-19 will benefit over those who did not take the opportunity to change. Similarly, those who are involved with inkjet need to evolve their products to maximise their competitiveness and market share. Being aware of novel designs and applications via Directions which distils a mass of often lengthy and complex patents into succinct, relevant commercial intelligence is a distinct advantage.


Directions has consistently, over many years, reported on inkjet developments well ahead of commercialisation of the reviewed technologies and applications. This is made possible because significant ideas often require numerous inventive steps over a considerable period of time. Single patent ideas are often not given full commercial priority, or may be associated with a smaller business which does not have the bandwidth to commercialise extremely fast. These factors also help ensure any given Directions review is ahead of any associated full commercial launch. Use Directions to accelerate your knowledge of inkjet technology and to support development of your company’s inkjet strategy.

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Example Content

Take a look at the example content featuring in Directions Inkjet Patent Reviews in this brochure available for download:

Why Choose Directions?

The bimonthly Directions reports consist of inkjet technology patent reviews with:

Index of inkjet-related patents

A list of searched and found recently published European, US, and global (PCT) patent applications of inkjet technologies.

20 novel inkjet patent reviews (see below)
Reviews of 20 key novel inkjet-related patent applications (split into categories listed below), picked and reviewed by our inkjet experts.
Latest inkjet industry and market news
An update of the latest industry news from the world of inkjet.

Inkjet research & development articles

Selected articles from academic publications about inkjet technologies.

The 4 aspects of inkjet technology covered in Directions

Inkjet Printhead 


  • TIJ (thermal inkjet)
  • PIJ (piezo inkjet)
  • CIJ (continuous inkjet)
  • Recirculating & non-recirc
  • High and low viscosity
  • Many more

Inkjet Systems &

Printer Designs

  • Single pass & multi-pass
  • Intermediate transfer
  • Direct-to-object & 3D printers
  • Components (e.g., dryers)
  • Printhead maintenance
  • Many more

Inkjet Inks &


  • Aqueous
  • UV-curable & e-beam
  • Solvent
  • Latex & oil-based
  • Conductive & dielectric
  • Many more
Inkjet 3D Printing, Substrates & Coatings
  • Permeable & impermeable
  • Laminates & tiles
  • Paper, foils, wood & plastic
  • Embellishments
  • 3D build materials
  • Many more

Directions reviews all types of inkjet printheads (examples below but not limited to)

Directions covers a variety of inkjet applications


Labels & Packaging





Wallpaper, Furniture

Flooring & Tiles

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Nail Decoration

3D Printing

Printed Electronics

Printed Displays

…and more!

Directions includes reviews of multiple inkjet companies (examples below but not limited to)

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