The global consumer industry experienced a 42% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 14% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Consumer: Patents Trends Q1 2024 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 1,500 in Q1 2024, versus 2,591 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 37% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Gree Electric Appliances Inc of Zhuhai filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the consumer industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 186 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 349 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Haier Group with 132 environmental sustainability patent filings, Midea Group (86 filings), and Daikin Industries (79 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 34% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q1 2024 was in China with 34%, followed by the US (18%) and Japan (9%). The share represented by China was 190% lower than the 224% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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This content was updated on 18 April 2024

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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.