The global consumer industry experienced a 65% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 51% 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 environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 2,270 in Q3 2023, versus 6,499 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 37% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Haier Group filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the consumer industry in Q3 2023. The company filed 340 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 1343 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Gree Electric Appliances Inc of Zhuhai with 149 environmental sustainability patent filings, Midea Group (138 filings), and Daikin Industries (126 filings) in Q3 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 39% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q3 2023 was in China with 39%, followed by the US (14%) and Japan (8%). The share represented by China was 30% lower than the 69% 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.