The global pharmaceutical industry experienced an 18% rise in patent filings in Q2 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of grants rose by 9%, resulting in overall patent publications increasing by 18.5%, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s Healthcare Expenditure and Pharmaceutical Sales Analysis report provides an outlook of the global pharmaceutical sector and its key drivers through comprehensive analysis. It includes insights on technology, patent expirations, M&A, and healthcare policy reforms. Buy the report here.

Notably, the number of patent applications in the pharmaceutical industry was 68,003 in Q2 2023, versus 57,383 in the prior quarter. Filings were down 7% year-on-year and decrease 18% quarter-on-quarter. This compares to a 7% year-on-year decrease in patent grants and 18% rise in quarter-on-quarter.

Most patenting activity has been in the Mobiles, Hand-Helds, PDAs, Smartphones sector, where the number of patents filed Q1 2023 was 529, a rise of 8% versus the previous quarter. The second-largest patent count was in Printed Circuit Manufacturing (202, down 7%) and then Semiconductors in third (180, down 3%).

The top five companies accounted for 3% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that the largest number of patents filed over the last quarter was by Chinese Academy of Sciences with 639, followed by F. Hoffmann-La Roche with 483 and Zhejiang University with 358.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 37% share of total patent filings

The largest share of patent filings in the pharmaceutical industry in Q2 2023 was in China with 37%, followed by the US (13%) and Japan (7%). The share represented by China was 12% higher than the 25% share it accounted for in Q1 2023.

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This content was updated on 2 August 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.