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The global medical industry experienced a 14% decline in the number of metaverse-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of metaverse-related grants dropped by 6% 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 metaverse-related patent applications in the medical industry was 331 in Q4 2023, versus 383 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 21% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Johnson & Johnson filed the most metaverse patents within the medical industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 22 metaverse-related patents in the quarter, compared with 33 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Stryker with 19 metaverse patent filings, Medtronic (10 filings), and Magic Leap (9 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 45% share of total patent filings

The largest share of metaverse related patent filings in the medical industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 45%, followed by China (9%) and Japan (5%). The share represented by the US was 6% higher than the 39% 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.