The global power industry experienced a 54% decline in the number of artificial intelligence-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of artificial intelligence-related grants dropped by 10% 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 artificial intelligence-related patent applications in the power industry was 1,236 in Q4 2023, versus 2,680 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 48% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that State Grid Corporation of China filed the most artificial intelligence patents within the power industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 327 artificial intelligence-related patents in the quarter, compared with 433 in the previous quarter. It was followed by China Southern Power Grid with 208 artificial intelligence patent filings, ABB (23 filings), and North China Electric Power University (19 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 77% share of total patent filings

The largest share of artificial intelligence related patent filings in the power industry in Q4 2023 was in China with 77%, followed by the US (8%) and Japan (1%). The share represented by China was 11% lower than the 88% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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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.