PREDICT Project

PREDICT 2012 REPORT: ICT R&D performance across the world –
patent-based evidence 

Global perspective on ICT patenting ICT patenting in Asia Inventive activity and ICT inventing activity by EU Member State inventors

ICT patenting in Asia

ICT patent applications by investors from China, India, Korea and Taiwan

Figure 3 presents the total number of ICT priority applications filed by inventors located in 4 top patenting Asian countries (excluding Japan). It shows that:

  • With above 50.000 ICT patent applications in 2009, China is the main ICT inventive power-house of Asia. Moreover, among the four countries, only China maintains a steady growth rate in ICT inventive output.
  • With fewer than 35.000 ICT patent applications, South Korea became the second largest ICT patenting Asian country,
  • 10.000 ICT patent applications gives Taiwan the third position,
  • The ICT output of India hovers at the level of around 1000 patent applications per year.

Total ICT patent applications by inventors from selected Asian countries, 1990 – 2009


Source: JRC-IPTS calculations based on PATSTAT data (April 2012 release). Priority patent applications to the EPO, the 27 Member States’ National Patent Offices, the USPTO, the JPO, and 50 further Patent Offices. Inventor criterion.

 

The share of ICT inventive activity in total inventive activity in the EU, the US, China, India and Korea

In order to compare the intensity of ICT inventive activity in the most patenting Asian countries with the EU and the US, Figure 4 shows the shares of ICT applications in total priority patent applications in the EU, the US, China, India and Korea, over the period 1990-2009. It can be observed that:

  • The share of ICT inventive activity in EU total inventive activity has decreased from 22% in 2001 to 16% in 2009,
  • In 2009, the EU share was the lowest, while the US share oscillating at the level of 50% was the second highest.
  • The ICT share of patenting activity in total for China and Korea is at the level of between 25% and 30 %,
  • As a result of a rapid increase of the importance of ICT activity in India, with 70% of all patent applications being ICT-related ones, Indian inventive activity is strongly focused on ICT.

Figure 4 : Share of ICT on total patent applications in the EU, the US and selected Asian countries, 1990 – 2009, %


Source: JRC-IPTS calculations based on PATSTAT data (April 2012 release). Priority patent applications to the EPO, the 27 Member States’ National Patent Offices, the USPTO, the JPO, and 50 further Patent Offices. Inventor criterion.

 

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