The global healthcare industry experienced an 89% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 2% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Healthcare: Patents Trends Q4 2023 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 environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the healthcare industry was 251 in Q4 2023, versus 2,196 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 13% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that DexCom filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the healthcare industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 17 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 20 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Smith & Nephew with 6 environmental sustainability patent filings, Daikin Industries (6 filings), and ResMed (2 filings) in Q4 2023.

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

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the healthcare industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 37%, followed by Japan (16%) and China (16%). The share represented by the US was 31% higher than the 6% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 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.