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Patent Statistics and Analysis Q1 2022

Published: 17 May 2022 Code: GDDT-PL-M101

China’s utility model patents significantly contributed to an 8% QoQ growth in overall patent grants in Q1’22. With a focus on the technology, media, and telecom (TMT) sector, PCT filings have seen the largest QoQ rise of 21%. Domestic filers have dominated the filings in the CN and JP patent offices, while Asian filers such as South Korea and China in the US patent office. 

Samsung dominated patent filings, primarily in the areas of semiconductors, wireless communications, digital data processing, and video-on-demand technology. Robert Bosch witnessed the highest growth of 63% with most of its filings around electric batteries, hybrid automobiles, and radio navigation.

Graphcore, a UK-based startup, registered the highest filings at the fastest growth of 588%.  All the top ten filing universities in Q1’22 were from China. Chinese Academy of Science filed the highest number of patents at a growth of 30% with its research focus on batteries, nanomedicines, and digitalization. 

Artificial intelligence recorded an AAGR of 28% followed by fintech and digitalization. The power & utilities sector witnessed an AAGR of 14% with the highest share in power generation using solar-backed technologies.

Key findings in the report include: 

  • China seized the major share of patent grants and continued to exhibit its hegemony
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) witnessed the highest YoY growth in Q1 patent filings at 21%
  • Asian companies spearhead the global patenting activity, Samsung grabs the top spot while Bosch is the fastest growing
  • The US leads in the patent filings from startups, while China from universities
  • Artificial intelligence garnered the highest traction in patent filings followed by fintech
  • Audio-visual technologies grew at the highest YoY rate in Q1 of 45%
  • Power & Utilities saw the highest filings with a focus on clean technologies to meet sustainability goals
  • The licensing deals of LG and Volkswagen caught media attention
  • Samsung, Pfizer, and Moderna were abuzz in the news for infringement litigations
  • Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset HoloLens gathers steam to transform we experience reality
  • Samsung’s foldable laptop and Amazon’s delivery robot made noise over the social media

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