The global technology industry experienced a 28% decline in the number of social media-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of social media-related grants dropped by 13% 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 social media-related patent applications in the technology industry was 936 in Q4 2023, versus 1,299 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 12% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Snap filed the most social media patents within the technology industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 45 social media-related patents in the quarter, compared with 54 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Meta Platforms with 25 social media patent filings, Microsoft (16 filings), and China Mobile Communications Group (14 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 51% share of total patent filings

The largest share of social media related patent filings in the technology industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 51%, followed by China (23%) and Japan (3%). The share represented by the US was 16% higher than the 35% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 2024

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