Last year, China racked up continues since 2021 to the US, Japan, Korea, Germany, and other known hometowns of popular technologies. In the year 2022, ranked at its peak when filed 70,015 PCT applications. Which depicts the modern growth of 0.6% from the previous year.
Whereas the other countries Japan followed with 50,345 applications (+0.1%). The Republic of Korea and Germany rounded out the top five, with 22,012 applications and 17,530 applications respectively, both experiencing growth of 6.2% and 1.5% respectively (Annex 1 PDF, Annex 1).
In addition to the Republic of Korea (+6.2%), several countries within the top 20, such as India (+25.4%), and France (+5.9%), saw healthy growth in PCT filings. The number of filings of PCT applications in Asia has been growing faster than in the rest of the world, increasing its overall share from 54.2% in 2021 to 54.7% in 2022.
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies remained by far the top filer with 7,689 published PCT applications in 2022. Samsung Electronics of the Republic of Korea came in second (4,387 applications), followed by Qualcomm of the US (3,855), Mitsubishi Electric of Japan (2,320), and Ericsson of Sweden (2,158) ) (Annex 2 PDF, Annex 2). Samsung Electronics had the fastest growth rate among the top 10 applicants with an increase of 44.3%, which propelled them to the top two spots. The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) also saw sharp growth, moving up five positions to seventh place in 2022 with a growth rate of 24.9%.
In the education sector, the University of California remained the top applicant with 552 published PCT applications in 2022. Zhejiang University came in second (309 applications) followed by Suzhou University (303), Leland Stanford Junior University (217), and the University of Texas System (187) (Annex 3 PDF, Annex 3). Suzhou University saw the sharpest increase among the top 10 educational institutions, with their number of PCT applications almost doubling from 2021.