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U.S. leads priority blockchain patent applications between 2007 and 2016, but Asian countries dominate top five list

Countries with Most Priority Blockchain Patent Filings by Applicant Origin
2007 – 2016 (number)

Note: Patent applications include prioritized patent filings only. Prioritized patent applications have special status and undergo faster patent examination process with less requirements in exchange for fee
Proof Point Findings:
  • Blockchain – Distributed digital ledgers that record, authenticate and prevent duplication of transactions using algorithms and specific set of rules, without need for central authority
  • U.S-Led Research – U.S. leads priority blockchain patent applications with 409 applications made between 2007 and 2016
  • Asian Countries – Asian nations China, South Korea, and Japan part of top five countries with most number of priority blockchain patent applications, with 412 cumulative patents
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include accelerating research and development of blockchain technologies, rising blockchain adoption in various industries, and increasing demand for more secure and transparent systems
Market Disruption: Intellectual Property
Sector: Cross-sector

Date Last Updated: January 17, 2018

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