The global medical industry experienced a 23% decline in the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications in Q1 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of cybersecurity-related grants dropped by 28% in Q1 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s Cybersecurity in Healthcare – Thematic Research market report provides a detailed understanding of how Cybersecurity impacts the value chain in the Medical Devices sector, and the leading Cybersecurity adopters and vendors in the market. Buy the report here.

Notably, the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications in the medical industry was 253 in Q1 2023, versus 329 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 19% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Abbott Laboratories filed the most cybersecurity patents within the medical industry in Q1 2023. The company filed 22 cybersecurity-related patents in the quarter, compared with 2 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Johnson & Johnson with 11 cybersecurity patent filings, Becton Dickinson and Co (6 filings), and DexCom (5 filings) in Q1 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 26% share of total patent filings

The largest share of cybersecurity related patent filings in the medical industry in Q1 2023 was in China with 26%, followed by the US (10%) and South Korea (7%). The share represented by China was 0.45% lower than the 26% share it accounted for in Q4 2022.

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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.