Artificial intelligence technology is led by China, the United States and Japan



A WIPO report looked at how many new artificial patent applications come out of technology countries each year


Artificial intelligence will revolutionize our world and our way of life. In particular, this technology has multiple applications and is also used on other existing technologies. If artificial intelligence in the future will dominate technology markets, it is also important to understand which countries will be “dominating” this technology.

A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization found that China, the United States and Japan dominate the global race of artificial intelligence. The study is based on the number of patent applications, with the requests of Chinese academic institutions that far exceed those of their peers. In particular, the Chinese institutions represent 17 of the 20 leading academic actors in the field of AI patenting and 10 of the top 20 in scientific publications related to AI.


China’s AI patent filings have risen much faster than in other countries


The AI ​​patent applications in China have increased much faster than in other countries, recording an average annual gain of 20 percent from 2013 to 2016. The Chinese Academy of Sciences ranked first among the world’s academies and at the 17th place among all players of artificial intelligence worldwide after having secured more than 2,500 patents by the end of 2016, according to the report.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said at a press conference in Geneva, according to Xinhua, “The United States and China obviously have stolen the lead. They are out in front in terms of applications and when you look at scientific publications”.


The report, which is the WIPO’s first on technical trends, covers more than 340,000 AI-related patent applications


In this special ranking the American companies IBM and Microsoft are ranked first and second in the list, followed by Toshiba, Samsung Group and NEC. The Internet giant Baidu and State Grid are the two Chinese companies on the list.

The rapid increase in filings means that many new products based on the technology are about to change people’s daily life. The report will not only help global policymakers promote AI, but also deal with ethical, legal and regulatory challenges, Gurry said.



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