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The first recorded reference to patents seems to
be in Aristotle’s Politics, composed in the fourth
century B.C. However, the first regular administrative apparatus
for granting patents – the first patent “system” arose in Venice
in the late fifteenth century. As the trade opened up in Europe,
the concept of patents spread and reached Great Britain and
helped lay the foundations of the modern patent system.
Intellectual Property is the backbone of today’s
knowledge economy. The very competitiveness and durability of
the nation’s economy depends on how well the framework of IP and
patents works in the country and the steps it takes to avoid
theft and misuse of the laws while enforcing the rules and
regulations on the books. Intellectual property has been an
integral part of the economic engine of the western world for
many decades if not centuries. Over the past two decades,
nations and corporations have competed on the creation, funding,
execution, and protection of the new ideas.
Increasingly, the role of mobile devices,
networks, and applications has become an important component of
the growth story worldwide. Mobile is playing a central role in
all of the trillion dollar industries whether it is healthcare
or retail, energy or entertainment, transportation or
hospitality, enterprise or consumer. Over the past decade there
has been a significant increase in investment and innovation in
mobile related technologies that can power the larger economies
of nations. As the penetration of mobile devices increases in
any given nation, so does the GDP. As more consumers adopt
smartphones, the access to information spawns a thousand new
entrepreneurs from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, from Seattle to
New Delhi, and from Beijing to Santiago.
All the innovation and economic activity has also
increased the patent activity around the world. While US,
Europe, and Japan remain the overall leaders in patents both in
quantity and quality, China surpassed the US for the first time
in the total patents granted in 2011. China’s growth rate in
patents was 22% that year compared to 3.8% for the world and 3.3%
for the US.
According to the US Patent Office (USPTO), in
2012, the number of applications grew over 61% from a decade
ago. Similarly, the number of patents granted grew over 50%by
the end of 2012 for the same time period. The numbers of foreign
filings are now in the majority for both the applications filed
as well as the patents granted. In Europe, similar trends were
observed where the EPO (European Patent Office) patent grants
increased by 23%.
As we look into the mobile related patents, the
growth is much more striking. The number of mobile related
patents that were granted by the USPTO and the EPO increased
significantly over the course of last decade. The US market saw
a 591% increase while the European market saw a 76% increase in
mobile related patent grants.
Another interesting fact is that in 2013, we
expect roughly quarter of all patents granted in the US will be
mobile related. This grew from around 2% in 1991 and 5% in 2001.
In Europe, roughly 10% of the patents granted are now related to
Chetan Sharma Consulting analyzed over 7 million
patents granted by the USPTO and EPO over the last two decades
to understand how mobile has become a key enabler for all
technology companies. Furthermore, we looked at patent granted
to the top 65 technology companies who are active in the mobile
space to understand their relative strengths and weaknesses in
the mobile patents landscape. This study is second in the series
that does an in-depth quantitative analysis of the mobile
Your feedback is always welcome.
We will be keeping a close eye on the trends in the wireless
data sector in our blog, twitter
The next US Wireless Data Market update will be released in May
2013. The next Global Wireless Data Market update will be issued
in Apr 2013.
Disclaimer: Some of the companies mentioned in this paper are our