The global automotive industry experienced a 32% decline in the number of electric vehicles-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of electric vehicles-related grants dropped by 14% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Automotive: Patents Trends Q1 2024 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 electric vehicles-related patent applications in the automotive industry was 3,716 in Q1 2024, versus 5,486 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 18% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Toyota Motor filed the most electric vehicles patents within the automotive industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 206 electric vehicles-related patents in the quarter, compared with 159 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Hyundai Motor with 156 electric vehicles patent filings, Kia (146 filings), and BYD (95 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 29% share of total patent filings

The largest share of electric vehicles related patent filings in the automotive industry in Q1 2024 was in China with 29%, followed by the US (25%) and Japan (7%). The share represented by China was 21% lower than the 49% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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This content was updated on 18 April 2024

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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.