The global consumer industry experienced a 50% decline in the number of digitalization-related patent applications in Q2 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of digitalization-related grants dropped by 27% in Q2 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. Digitalization is one of the eight mega-trends that GlobalData covers as part of the TrendSights series of consumer insight studies. GlobalData’s Digitalization – Consumer TrendSights Analysis report highlights the market drivers, the relevance of trends by sector and provides strategic take-outs for new product development. Buy the report here.

Notably, the number of digitalization-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 228 in Q2 2023, versus 456 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 54% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Hisense Visual Technology filed the most digitalization patents within the consumer industry in Q2 2023. The company filed 38 digitalization-related patents in the quarter, compared with 71 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Haier Group with 35 digitalization patent filings, Intel (21 filings), and China Electronics Technology Group (20 filings) in Q2 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 47% share of total patent filings

The largest share of digitalization related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q2 2023 was in China with 47%, followed by the US (32%) and Japan (8%). The share represented by China was 5% higher than the 42% share it accounted for in Q1 2023.

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This content was updated on 2 August 2023

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.