The global power industry experienced a 62% decline in the number of robotics-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of robotics-related grants dropped by 52% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Power: 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.

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Notably, the number of robotics-related patent applications in the power industry was 330 in Q4 2023, versus 878 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 34% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that ABB filed the most robotics patents within the power industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 49 robotics-related patents in the quarter, compared with 50 in the previous quarter. It was followed by China Southern Power Grid with 25 robotics patent filings, State Grid Corporation of China (23 filings), and ABB Switzerland (9 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 48% share of total patent filings

The largest share of robotics related patent filings in the power industry in Q4 2023 was in China with 48%, followed by the US (21%) and Japan (2%). The share represented by China was 30% lower than the 78% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 2024

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