A total of 23,209 patents were granted across power industry between July 2021 and September 2021, marking a 18.76% jump over the previous quarter (April 2021-June 2021), according to GlobalData Patents Database.

Patenting activity by top assignee

Out of 1,996 active assignees during the review quarter, Xi’an Thermal Power Research Institute registered a growth change of 42% with 311 patent grants, followed by China Southern Power Grid with 20% (542), Samsung SDI with 11% (414), State Gridof China with -2% (2692) and ABB with -7% (185).

Patenting activity by top assignee
Activity by Document type
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Patenting activity across technology area by top assignee
Technology Applications

Transmission & Distribution was the most active technology application with 462 patent grants, followed by Energy Infrastructure with 105 and Energy Efficiency with 64.

The least active IP protected technology applications include Fossil Fuels and Nuclear with one patent grant each.

Assignee highest and lowest growth rate

Ayr; Omron; and Shanghai Automotive Industry saw the leading growth rates of 1100%; 700%; and 700%, respectively in patent grants during Jul-Sep 2021 compared with the previous three-month period, while Aisin saw the lowest growth rate of -95%.

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Patenting activity: Leading themes in the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter

Renewable Energy led the power sector with 1,406 patents during the review quarter, followed by Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage with 408 and 354 patents, respectively.

Patenting activity: Sub sector composition

In terms of sub-sector composition, Transmission & Distribution led IP protection with 5,520 patent grants during the review quarter, followed by Solar PV with 5,475, Energy Infrastructure with 3,287, Energy Storage with 2,624, and Offshore with 1,909.

IP protection activity by region

China led IP protection activity with 4,781 grants and 3,184 new filings during the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter, followed by the US with 1,475 grants and 1,325 new filings.

Korea (South) came in next with 797 grants and 476 new filings. Japan and Taiwan stood next with 372 grants and 553 new filings; 101 grants and 159 new filings, respectively.

New entrants in Jul-Sep 2021

East West Manufacturing, Hochschule Mittweida, ThayerMahan, Prince Sultan University and Patek Philippe are the five new entrants in the Power industry with three, two, two, two and two patent filings, respectively during the Jul-Sep 2021 quarter.


GlobalData patents database covers bibliographic from all 100+ patenting authorities. All patents are tagged to 18+ industries and 300+ sub-sectors based on technology classification, keywords, and associated companies. They are also tagged to various industries themes (100+) and technology domains (1800+) of focus. Patents database further disambiguates assignee names (13m names) and associate corporate tree hierarchy in current/point in time ownerships (320k entities). GlobalData sources content directly from national patent offices on a weekly basis.

For generation of above insights, we have considered the 41,974 documents published during the period of July 2021 to September 2021. This data was tagged to 22 themes, 16 sectors, 2,621 assignees, 97,772 inventors and 48 countries.

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