The global technology industry experienced a 39% decline in the number of autonomous vehicles-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of autonomous vehicles-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 autonomous vehicles-related patent applications in the technology industry was 791 in Q4 2023, versus 1,294 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 27% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Huawei Investment filed the most autonomous vehicles patents within the technology industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 58 autonomous vehicles-related patents in the quarter, compared with 63 in the previous quarter. It was followed by LG with 48 autonomous vehicles patent filings, Alphabet (42 filings), and General Motors (34 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 65% share of total patent filings

The largest share of autonomous vehicles related patent filings in the technology industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 65%, followed by China (6%) and the UK (2%). The share represented by the US was 25% higher than the 39% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 2024

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