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Notably, the number of patent applications in the packaging industry was 10,777 in Q2 2023, versus 10,997 in the prior quarter. Filings were down 21% year-on-year and decrease 2% quarter-on-quarter. This compares to a 21% year-on-year decrease in patent grants and 2% decline in quarter-on-quarter.

Most patenting activity has been in the Industrial Automation sector, where the number of patents filed Q1 2023 was 78, a drop of 15% versus the previous quarter. The second-largest patent count was in IT Services (65, down 6%) and then Records Management in third (61, up 42%).

The top five companies accounted for 5% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that the largest number of patents filed over the last quarter was by Krones with 172, followed by Dai Nippon Printing with 99 and Westrock with 87.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 35% share of total patent filings

The largest share of patent filings in the packaging industry in Q2 2023 was in China with 35%, followed by the US (13%) and Japan (9%). The share represented by China was 5% higher than the 30% share it accounted for in Q1 2023.

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This content was updated on 2 August 2023

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