The global medical industry experienced a 34% decline in the number of robotics-related patent applications in Q1 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of robotics-related grants dropped by 59% in Q1 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s Robotics in Healthcare – Thematic Intelligence market report provides a detailed understanding of how Robotics impacts the value chain in the Medical Devices sector, and the leading robotics adopters and vendors in the market. Buy the report here.

Notably, the number of robotics-related patent applications in the medical industry was 126 in Q1 2023, versus 190 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 25% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Johnson & Johnson filed the most robotics patents within the medical industry in Q1 2023. The company filed 10 robotics-related patents in the quarter, compared with 9 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Intuitive Surgical with 8 robotics patent filings, CMR Surgical (7 filings), and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (4 filings) in Q1 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 19% share of total patent filings

The largest share of robotics related patent filings in the medical industry in Q1 2023 was in China with 19%, followed by Japan (10%) and South Korea (10%). The share represented by China was 13% lower than the 32% 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.