Patent applications related to robotics increased by 19% per year on average in the apparel industry since 2020
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The global apparel industry experienced a 19% increase in annual average growth rate (AAGR) in the number of robotics-related patent applications between 2020 and 2022. The total number of robotics-related grants decreased by an AAGR of 5% during the same period, according to GlobalData's patent analytics database.
Notably, the number of robotics-related patent applications in the apparel industry was 139 since 2020, while 105 applications were granted.
The top five companies by filings accounted for 91% of patent applications
Analysis of patent applications by assignee shows that NIKE filed the most robotics patents within the apparel industry since 2020. The company filed 96 robotics-related patents since 2020.
It was followed by ASICS (6 applications), Textron (6 applications), THK (4 applications) and Mizuno (3 applications).
The top five companies by grants accounted for 92% of successful patent grants
Analysis of patent grants by assignee shows that NIKE was granted 60 patents related to robotics within the apparel industry since 2020. It was followed by LAT (4 grants), Artemis (1 grant), Chung-Ang University (1 grant), and Hunan Institute of Science and Technology (1 grant) among others.
Patent activity was driven by the US with a 37% share of total patent publications
The largest share of robotics-related patent publications in the apparel industry since 2020 was held by the US with 37%, followed by China (25%) and South Korea (15%).
GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.
GlobalData’s Patents Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official patent offices around the world. Proprietary 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.