The global technology industry experienced a 15% decline in the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of 3D printing-related grants dropped by 5% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Technology: Patents Trends Q4 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

Notably, the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in the technology industry was 704 in Q4 2023, versus 831 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 26% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that HP filed the most 3D printing patents within the technology industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 58 3D printing-related patents in the quarter, compared with 66 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Xerox with 46 3D printing patent filings, Seiko Epson (33 filings), and Jabil (25 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 39% share of total patent filings

The largest share of 3D printing related patent filings in the technology industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 39%, followed by China (17%) and Japan (10%). The share represented by the US was 5% higher than the 34% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 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.