A total of 88,433 patents were granted across automotive industry between July 2021 and September 2021, marking a 2.32% drop over the previous quarter (April 2021-June 2021), according to GlobalData Patents Database.

Patenting activity by top assignee

Out of 6,006 active assignees during the review quarter, Honda Motor registered a growth change of 38% with 503 patent grants, followed by Porsche Automobil Holding with -1% (557), Toyota Motor with -7% (1,122), Robert Bosch Stiftung with -16% (466) and LG with -22% (344).

Patenting activity by top assignee
Activity by Document type
Activity Trend
Honda Motor
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Patenting activity across technology area by top assignee
Technology Applications

Electrification was the most active technology application with 577 patent grants, followed by Batteries with 437 and Controls and Modules with 428.

The least active IP protected technology applications include Cockpits and Instrumentation and Braking with 154 and 136 patent grants, respectively.

Assignee highest and lowest growth rate

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Hebei University of Technology ; Dayco IP Holdings; and Wuhan Institute of Technology saw the leading growth rates of 900%; 600%; and 500%, respectively in patent grants during Jul-Sep 2021 compared with the previous three-month period, while Changzhou Xingyu Automotive Lighting Systems saw the lowest growth rate of -95%.

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Patenting activity: Leading themes in the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter

Industrial Automation led the automotive sector with 9,342 patents during the review quarter, followed by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with 8,882 and 5,196 patents, respectively.

Patenting activity: Sub sector composition

In terms of sub-sector composition, Batteries led IP protection with 8,138 patent grants during the review quarter, followed by Electrification with 7,402, Active and Passive Safety with 6,393, Electrical Products with 5,252, and Automobile Navigation Systems with 5,085.

IP protection activity by region

China led IP protection activity with 44,355 grants and 34,134 new filings during the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter, followed by the US with 15,959 grants and 21,453 new filings.

Japan came in next with 7,429 grants and 11,276 new filings. South Korea and Germany stood next with 5,458 grants and 5,996 new filings; 3,127 grants and 6,185 new filings, respectively.

New entrants in Jul-Sep 2021

Compound Eye, HerdingFiltertechnik, BetterUp, Helpshift and ALPINE OVERHEAD DOORS are the five new entrants in the Automotive industry with four, four, three, two and two patent filings, respectively during the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter.


GlobalData patents database covers bibliographic from all 100+ patenting authorities. All patents are tagged to 18+ industries and 300+ sub-sectors based on technology classification, keywords, and associated companies. They are also tagged to various industries themes (100+) and technology domains (1800+) of focus. Patents database further disambiguates assignee names (13m names) and associate corporate tree hierarchy in current/point in time ownerships (320k entities). GlobalData sources content directly from national patent offices on a weekly basis.

For generation of above insights, we have considered the 190,667 documents published during the period of July 2021 to September 2021. This data was tagged to 17 themes, 60 sectors, 6,006 assignees, 309,568 inventors and 51 countries.

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