IA, 5G, IoT: innovation in new technologies of Industry 4.0 in “strong acceleration”
Patent filings in the new technologies sector of Industry 4.0 (internet of things, big data, 5G, artificial intelligence) represented more than 10% of filings in 2018 after a decade of strong growth, according to a study published Thursday. Innovation in these fields has been “accelerating sharply” for ten years and the global growth of patents linked to the sector is almost five times faster than average, noted the European Patent Office (EPO) in this study.
Between 2010 and 2018, patent applications for these technologies increased at an annual rate of nearly 20%, compared to growth of just over 4% in other sectors. According to the EPO, nearly 40,000 new international patent families were filed for all of these new technologies in 2018. The European Office observes that the growth trends are similar in all new technology sectors, and even faster in connectivity (where 14,000 patents were filed in 2018) and data management (11,500 patents).
One third of patent filings in the United States
The United States accounted for a third of patent filings in technologies related to the new industry between 2000 and 2018 and even increased its lead after 2010, with a rise in patent filings faster than in Europe and Japan (around one fifth each). South Korea and China (10% of patents each) come next, thanks to their strong specialization in basic technological fields (computer hardware, software, connectivity), according to the study.
In Europe, Germany produced 29% of patents in new technologies between 2000 and 2018, more than double that of the United Kingdom (14.3%) and France (12.5%). Between 2010 and 2018, French patent filings increased by nearly 12% per year, a rate lower than the European (15.5%) or world (19.7%) average.