The global medical industry experienced a 5% decline in the number of electronic medical record (emr) systems-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of electronic medical record (emr) systems-related grants dropped by 9% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Medical Devices: Patents Trends Q4 2023 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 electronic medical record (emr) systems-related patent applications in the medical industry was 2,493 in Q4 2023, versus 2,621 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 8% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Koninklijke Philips filed the most electronic medical record (emr) systems patents within the medical industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 54 electronic medical record (emr) systems-related patents in the quarter, compared with 45 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Medtronic with 42 electronic medical record (emr) systems patent filings, Johnson & Johnson (36 filings), and F. Hoffmann-La Roche (32 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 32% share of total patent filings

The largest share of electronic medical record (emr) systems related patent filings in the medical industry in Q4 2023 was in China with 32%, followed by the US (25%) and Japan (6%). The share represented by China was 0.97% higher than the 31% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 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.