The global consumer industry experienced a 47% decline in the number of future of work-related patent applications in Q2 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of future of work-related grants dropped by 40% in Q2 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s Future of Work – Thematic Research report explains how the theme future of work is impacting the workforce across different sectors, it presents key technology, macroeconomic and regulatory trends, market size and growth forecasts for technologies that will play a key role in the theme. Buy the report here.

Notably, the number of future of work-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 608 in Q2 2023, versus 1,156 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 34% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Haier Group filed the most future of work patents within the consumer industry in Q2 2023. The company filed 70 future of work-related patents in the quarter, compared with 126 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Gree Electric Appliances Inc of Zhuhai with 66 future of work patent filings, Brother Industries (33 filings), and Robert Bosch Stiftung (21 filings) in Q2 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 41% share of total patent filings

The largest share of future of work related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q2 2023 was in the US with 41%, followed by China (39%) and Japan (10%). The share represented by the US was 8% higher than the 33% share it accounted for in Q1 2023.

For further understanding of GlobalData's Future of Work – Thematic Research buy the report here.

This content was updated on 2 August 2023

Premium Insights


The gold standard of business intelligence.

Blending expert knowledge with cutting-edge technology, GlobalData’s unrivalled proprietary data will enable you to decode what’s happening in your market. You can make better informed decisions and gain a future-proof advantage over your competitors.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.