Prioritized Blockchain Patent Applications

Prioritized Blockchain Patent Applications

Proof Point

Prioritized blockchain patent applications grew 21% annually from 23 in 2007 to 136 in 2016, reaching peak of 191 in 2014

Prioritized Blockchain Patent Applications

2007 – 2016 (number)

Proof Point Findings

  • Prioritized Blockchain Patent Applications – Applications with special status that undergo faster patent examination process and fewer requirements in exchange for fee
  • Blockchain – Distributed digital ledgers that record, authenticate and prevent duplication of transactions using algorithms and specific set of rules, without need for central authority
  • Total Patent Applications – Prioritized patent applications between 2007 and 2016 totaled 951, growing from 23 in 2007 to 136 in 2016, an increase of 21.8% annually
  • Fluctuating Patent Applications – Number of prioritized blockchain patent applications fluctuated between 2007 and 2016, reaching low 41 in 2010, peaking to 191 in 2014, and dipping to 136 in 2016
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include accelerating research and development of blockchain technologies, growing adoption of cryptocurrency transactions, rising blockchain adoption in various industries, and increasing demand for more secure and transparent systems


Market Disruption


Information Technology


Date Last Updated

January 11, 2018

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