Apple saw the highest growth of 137% in patent filings in February and 111% in grants in January in Q1 2024. Compared to Q4 2023, Q1 2024 saw an increase in patent filings by 82% and grants by 111%. GlobalData’s DataBook provides a comprehensive analysis of Apple‘s patent filings and grants. Buy the databook here.

Apple has been focused on protecting inventions in United States(US) with 2221 publications in Q1 2024

The United States(US) Patent Office dominates the patent filings and grants with nearly 48% filings and 64% grants. The United States(US), World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO), China(CN), and European Patent Office(EPO) patent Office are among the top ten patent offices where Apple is filings its patents. Among the top granted patent authorities, Apple has 64% of its grants in United States(US), 11% in China(CN) and 8% in European Patent Office(EPO).

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Patents related to 5g and wearable tech lead Apple's portfolio

Apple has the highest number of patents in 5g followed by, wearable tech and cybersecurity. For 5g, nearly 14% of patents were filed and 9% of patents were granted in Q1 2024.

Wireless networking related patents lead Apple portfolio followed by communications, and consumer applications

Apple has highest number of patents in wireless networking followed by communications, consumer applications, wireless access, and consumer devices. For wireless networking, nearly 10% of patents were filed and 7% of patents were granted in Q1 2024.

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