The study examines trends in global patents in East Asia, North America and Europe.

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On June 3, the Bertelsmann Stiftung State Foundation launched a study entitled “World Class Patents for Advanced Technology: The Innovative Power of East Asia, North America, and Europe”, which conducted a study to discover how their own countries are in the United States. Between 2000 and 2019 A study called “world-class patents” is 10% smaller than the patents filed on 58 advanced technologies that fall into the following ten categories: environment, energy, infrastructure, digital technology, security, materials, health mobility and industry. The study should show that the United States remains the world’s “proprietary superpower”, East Asia has had its own feathered wave in the past 10 years. A study of their own analysis of East Asia (China, Japan and South Korea), countries (USA and Canada) and Europe (27 countries of the European Union (EU-27)) and the conclusion that countries of the EU are used outside these three countries. I didn’t see the area as it saw very little growth in the last 20 years.

East Asia

Although the study showed that North America and Europe had the highest patent efficiencies, it found that East Asia “showed unprecedented ingenuity” and increased its innovative strength in many advanced technologies such as energy, food, infrastructure, industry, and the environment. environment. Although many patent applications are filed in East Asia, the proportion of “world-class patents” filed in East Asian countries with the highest patent power, namely China, Japan, and South Korea, was less than 10% in most years between 2000 and 2019. The study found that China is committed to manufacturing quality products and has launched the “Made in China in 2025” innovation project to take China to the top of the industry ranking key. Economy, including airplanes, electric cars, and computer chip manufacturing. China holds a large number of major patents on 42 of the 58 technologies examined and is particularly characterized by patents on environmental technologies. For example, China owns more than 25% of global treatment patents and around 36% of water treatment patents. China’s regional neighbor, South Korea, also experienced tremendous growth, particularly in the area of ​​batteries and digital infrastructure technologies. Although Japan is growing more slowly, it remains the world leader in battery technology with a share of over 30%. The study reveals that Japan has also made progress in the area of ​​electric vehicles and remains stable in the areas of smart factories, robotics, and process automation.

North America

The United States is “by far” the world’s leading center for innovation and has the largest number of world-class patents covering 50 of the 58 technologies analyzed in the study. The study showed that the United States plays a leading role, particularly in areas such as healthcare, namely biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and security, namely: “the production of tickets, passports and drug containers, secure access and use of data on networks that do. “They use firewalls, antivirus software, encryption and other measures, as well as authenticating people and objects in the digital world.” The study found that seven of the top ten companies that spend the most on research and development are located in the United States. including Amazon and Google. The study also showed that the United States is also the leading leader in digitization, including artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, big data, quantum computing, blockchain and virtual / augmented reality. For example, the United States dominates AI with 45% of the global share. Despite the fact that the study does most of its analysis in North America, Canada has discovered in the United States that Canada is a leader in digitization and has a infrastructure growth potential, and the study found that although North America is a leader in many areas, China’s growth rate outstrips US growth in most areas.


The study was concerned that Europe would lag behind because of the slow digitization in Europe. “When the Fourth Industrial Revolution fundamentally changes traditional forms of economic activity,” the study found, “Europe threatens to create a part of innovation,” and found that existing industries do not use new digital technologies. The fact that Europe is lagging is particularly evident in areas such as digitization, battery technology, solar energy, environmental technologies such as solar and recycling. However, according to this study, Europe remains strong in the health sector, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. In addition, the EU-27, or 27 European Union countries, is the world leader in wind energy and functional nutrition. The study also found that Germany plays an excellent role in creating additives (3D printing), which account for 15% of world patents and robotics.

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