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China leads patent filings for generative AI

10 July 2024

China leads patent filings for generative AI

According to a United Nations report, inventors in China are leading the world in filing patents for generative artificial intelligence, significantly outpacing filings from the U.S., South Korea, Japan, India, the UK and Germany. 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported that China filed 38,210 generative AI patents from 2014 to 2023. This amount is six times more than the U.S., the second highest, with 6,276 filings. 

“Generative AI has emerged as a game-changing technology with the potential to transform how we work, live and play,” said Daren Tang, director general of WIPO. “By analyzing patenting trends and data, WIPO aims to provide a clearer understanding of where this rapidly evolving technology is being developed and its future direction.” 

Unlike the broader concept of AI, generative AI primarily focuses on creating new content, including images, videos, text, speech, sound and music. 

In recent years, generative AI has been applied to software development, life sciences, healthcare and finance, often accelerating traditionally tedious tasks. 

This has sparked a global entrepreneurial and technological race to capitalize on the potential of generative AI. 

- Excel V. Dyquiangco 

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