China, U.S. Lead the Artificial Intelligence Patent Race: WIPO Report

U.S.-based tech giant IBM leads by the number of patent applications (8,290), followed by Microsoft (5,930), Japan’s Toshiba (5,223) and South Korea’s Samsung (5,102).  

China is leading in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), which has witnessed an upsurge in patent applications in recent years, according to a recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The report, “WIPO Technology Trends 2019: Artificial Intelligence,” includes a ranking of the global institutions that have filed the most patent applications for AI inventions.

Chinese organizations make up 17 of the top 20 academic players in AI patenting, as well as 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications, showed the report, which was released on Thursday.

The report further noted that AI patents filed by Chinese organizations grew 20 percent annually on average between 2013 and 2016.

China and the US are the two most popular offices for filing AI patents, followed by Japan. Together, these three offices account for 78 percent of total patent filings.

U.S.-based tech giant IBM leads by the number of patent applications (8,290), followed by Microsoft (5,930), Japan’s Toshiba (5,223) and South Korea’s Samsung (5,102).

However, US and Japanese companies led in AI patent filings. 12 Japan-based companies are in the top 20 along with three U.S.-based companies, two from South Korea, two from Germany, and one from China.

Applications for AI patents surge  

Nearly 340,000 AI-related inventions have been filed for patents since the emergence of the technology during the 1950s, as per the report.

“Patenting activity in the artificial intelligence realm is rising at a rapid pace, meaning we can expect a very significant number of new AI-based products, applications, and techniques that will alter our daily lives,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said.

The reported noted that patent applications for machine learning currently dominant the field. Filings of machine learning-related patents increased with an annual average growth rate of 28 per cent between 2013 to 2016, the reported showed.

The report has predicted that AI will grow with “major military and economic” uses in the coming years.

Longjam Dineshwori

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