Technology Patents by Top Themes, 2017-2021 – Thematic Research

Pages: 107 Published: May 18, 2022 Report Code: GDTMT-TR-S358

Globally, there were over 6.5 million tech patent publications between 2017 and 2021. Over this five-year period, the tech patent publications have increased at a CAGR of 8%. Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) are the top two themes driving tech patents. Patent publications have grown for all the top 10 tech themes since 2017. Patent offices in China and the US saw more tech patent publications than any other region. Samsung is one of the top 10 tech patent holders in China, the US, Asia Pacific excluding China, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions. In China, all the top tech patenting holders (except Samsung) are native companies while in the US, four of the top 10 patent holders are non-native companies.

What is the country-level outlook of the technology patents market?

The top countries accounting for the technology patents market are China, the US, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Australia, Canada, the UK, and Brazil. China’s patent office accounted for the majority of the total tech patent publications since 2017.

Technology patents industry, by key countries

Technology patents industry, by key countries

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What are the key themes in the technology patents market?

The key themes in the technology patents market are cybersecurity, AI, industrial automation, IoT, ecommerce, fintech, internet TV, healthtech, cloud, and robotics.

Technology patents industry, by themes

Technology patents industry, by themes

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Who are the key patent holders in the technology patents market?

Some of the key patent holders in the technology patents market are Samsung, Huawei, IBM, Qualcomm, LG, Microsoft, Sony, Intel, Canon, Beijing Electronics, Alibaba, Tencent, and Google. Samsung has the highest number of patents since 2017.

Technology patents industry, by key patent holders

Technology patents industry, by key patent holders

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Market report scope

Key countries China, the US, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Australia, Canada, the UK, and Brazil
Key themes Cybersecurity, AI, Industrial Automation, IoT, Ecommerce, Fintech, Internet TV, Healthtech, Cloud, and Robotics
Key patent holders Samsung, Huawei, IBM, Qualcomm, LG, Microsoft, Sony, Intel, Canon, Beijing Electronics, Alibaba, Tencent, and Google

This report provides:

  • The top 10 themes driving the tech patent publications between 2017 and 2021.
  • Briefs on the growth trend of overall tech patents and the trend for each of the top theme.
  • A list of the top 10 patent holders for each theme. It also provides the patent publication trend of these patent holders.
  • A list of key start-ups holding the greatest number of patents for each theme.
  • The geographical distribution of the patent publications for each theme.
  • The over geographical distribution of the tech patents.
  • Details on the top patent holders in the four geographies. It also looks at the themes driving the patent publications in each of these geographies.

Key Highlights

Tech patent publications have grown at a CAGR of 8% between 2017 and 2021.

Samsung, Huawei, IBM, Qualcomm, and LG were the top five tech patent holders between 2017 and 2021.

Patent offices in China and the US saw more tech patent publications than any other region.

Samsung is one of the top 10 tech patent holders in China, the US, Asia-Pacific-excluding China, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions.

In China, all the top tech patenting holders (except Samsung) are native companies. Four of the top 10 patent holders in the US are non-native companies. Five of the top 10 tech patent holders in the EMEA region are headquartered in the US.

Reasons to Buy

  • Innovation is crucial to the development and deployment of technologies.
  • Patents offer exclusive rights for inventions and innovations—which can be a product or a process.
  • Companies invest in patents to gain the competition advantage in technologies, earn licensing revenues, and protect from litigations.
  • Developments in any industry over the future is determined by themes.
  • Companies that invest in patents in themes that are set to transform the industry are bound to succeed.
  • Companies that fail to invest in patents in the right theme at the right time are bound to fail.
  • This report studies the tech patent landscape by themes in detail.

Key Players

Samsung Huawei IBM Qualcomm LG Microsoft Sony Intel Canon Beijing Electronics Alibaba Tencent Google HPE Alphabet Ping An Insurance Apple Baidu Fanuc Mitsubishi Electric Siemens Epson Hitachi Mastercard Visa Capital One Financial Toshiba PayPal Walmart Seiko Epson Kawasaki Toyota Ford Midea Xperi AT&T Panasonic Nielsen Philips Johnson & Johnson Medtronic Fujifilm Intuitive Surgical Baxter International DJI VMware Oracle Dell Cisco eBay Meta Amazon OPPO State Grid Corporation of China ZTE Nanjing University Bosch Trustcore Thales Infineon Porsche Furukawa NEC

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Top Ten Themes Driving Tech Patents, 2017-2021

Geographical Analysis of Tech Patents, 2017-2021

Frequently Asked Questions

The top countries accounting for the technology patents industry are China, the US, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Australia, Canada, the UK, and Brazil.

The key themes in the technology patents industry are cybersecurity, AI, industrial automation, IoT, ecommerce, fintech, internet TV, healthtech, cloud, and robotics.

Some of the key patent holders in the technology patents industry are Samsung, Huawei, IBM, Qualcomm, LG, Microsoft, Sony, Intel, Canon, Beijing Electronics, Alibaba, Tencent, and Google.

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