The global healthcare industry experienced a 50% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 9% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Healthcare: Patents Trends Q1 2024 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 216 in Q1 2024, versus 433 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 Q1 2024. The company filed 15 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 19 in the previous quarter. It was followed by ResMed with 5 environmental sustainability patent filings, Apple (3 filings), and NantWorks (3 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 43% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the healthcare industry in Q1 2024 was in the US with 43%, followed by Japan (19%) and China (18%). The share represented by the US was 11% higher than the 32% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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This content was updated on 18 April 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.