The global technology industry experienced flat growth in the number of edtech-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of edtech-related grants dropped by 9% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Technology: 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.

Notably, the number of edtech-related patent applications in the technology industry was 448 in Q1 2024, versus 448 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 6% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that NEC filed the most edtech patents within the technology industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 7 edtech-related patents in the quarter, compared with 5 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Canon with 6 edtech patent filings, Boeing (5 filings), and Konica Minolta (5 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 35% share of total patent filings

The largest share of edtech related patent filings in the technology industry in Q1 2024 was in China with 35%, followed by the US (24%) and Japan (5%). The share represented by China was 22% lower than the 57% 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.