Annual Graphene-Related Patent Filings

Annual Graphene-Related Patent Filings

Proof Point

Graphene-related patents filed grew 43% annually from 68 in 2004 to 4,801 in 2016, reaching peak of 6,974 in 2015

Annual Graphene-Related Patent Filings

2004 – 2016 (number)

Proof Point Findings

  • Graphene – New material made of crystalline carbon that is strong, light, flexible, and excellent conductor of heat and electricity
  • Steady Filing Growth – Graphene-related patents filed grew steadily between 2004 and 2016, from 68 to 4,801, reaching highest level at 6,974 in 2015
  • Total Filings – Close to 30,000 patent applications filed globally from 2004 to 2016
  • 2016 Decline – Despite continuous increase in graphene patent filings in China, decline in Korea, U.S., Japan, Taiwan and other markets caused total number of applications to drop significantly in 2016
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include intensifying focus on graphene research and development, proliferation of new manufacturing innovations (e.g. 3D printing) enabling customization and manipulation of materials, increasing need to overcome physical limitations of existing materials, and continuous diversification of graphene applications


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Date Last Updated

August 20, 2017

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