The global technology industry experienced a 52% 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 29% 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 environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the technology industry was 8,729 in Q1 2024, versus 18,366 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 17% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Contemporary Amperex Technology filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the technology industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 497 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 929 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Panasonic with 412 environmental sustainability patent filings, BYD (243 filings), and Samsung Group (185 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 36% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the technology industry in Q1 2024 was in China with 36%, followed by the US (26%) and Japan (13%). The share represented by China was 234% lower than the 269% 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.