Who’s innovating where? Consumer goods’ patent activity on robotics falls

By Andy Morton

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GlobalData presents the latest numbers digging into the consumer goods sector and patents.

There was a 44% decline in the consumer goods sector’s robotics-related patent applications in the third quarter of last year, analysis by GlobalData suggests. 

A study by the research and intelligence group showed 370 applications were lodged during the period, versus 655 in the second quarter. 

The total number of robotics-related patents granted dropped by 12% in Q3 2022, the GlobalData whitepaper – Robotics in Consumer – Patenting Activity in Q3 2022 – said.

Patenting activity related to robotics in the global consumer industry, Q1 2020 - Q3 2022 (Total patent filings and grants)

The top five companies accounted for 24% of patenting activity

Analysis of company activity shows LG filed the most robotics patents within the consumer goods sector in the quarter. The company filed 47 robotics-related patents but that compared with 86 in the previous quarter. It was followed by iRobot with 17 patent filings, Samsung Group (eight), and Beijing Roborock Technology (also eight).

Top-5 companies by patenting activity related to robotics in terms of filins, in the global consumer industry in Q3 2022

Patenting activity driven by the US

The largest share of robotics-related patent filings was in the US with 29%, followed by China (14%) and South Korea (10%). The share represented by the US was 11 percentage points higher than the 18% share it accounted for in Q2 2022.

Geographic analysis of robotics-related patenting activity in terms of filings, in the global consumer indusrty, Q3 2022

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research and analysis used to produce this article.

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.