A new study reveals that over 20 percent of patent filings can now be traced to mobile technology. The findings suggest that the industry may be the future of innovation.
The study, authored by consultant Chetan Sharma, examined approximately 7 million patents granted both by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. The data revealed that the U.S. saw a 390 percent increase in mobile technology patent grants, while the European market witnessed a 173 percent increase. Companies with the largest mobile technology patent portfolios include Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, RIM, Oracle, Apple, Google, and Amazon.
The report also found that mobile technology’s share of the patent landscape is also increasing. Last year, about 535,000 patent applications were filed for mobile technology, up almost 54 percent from a decade ago, according to the report.
The trend also extends overseas. China and India both saw significant increases in patent activity in their countries. The research revealed that China’s share of the global patent grants increased from 0.8 percent in 1996 to 15 percent in 2010, placing it third behind Japan and the U.S., and well ahead of Korea and Europe.