The global consumer industry experienced a 25% decline in the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of 3D printing-related grants dropped by 7% in Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Consumer: Patents Trends Q3 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 3D printing-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 120 in Q3 2023, versus 160 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 46% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Ricoh filed the most 3D printing patents within the consumer industry in Q3 2023. The company filed 21 3D printing-related patents in the quarter, compared with 14 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Signify with 14 3D printing patent filings, NIKE (10 filings), and Chanel (5 filings) in Q3 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 33% share of total patent filings

The largest share of 3D printing related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q3 2023 was in the US with 33%, followed by China (13%) and Japan (8%). The share represented by the US was 1% higher than the 32% share it accounted for in Q2 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.