Chinese blockchain patent applications far outnumber the U.S. filings in 2020

Chinese blockchain patent applications far outnumber the U S filings in

The number of Chinese blockchain patent applications is on the rise as the communist party looks set to implement its blockchain-centric agenda. Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping laid emphasis on the use of blockchain as a tool to build future technologies, the Chinese firms have vigorously pursued the goal. A recent report sheds light on the increasing number of blockchain patents filed by Chinese companies.

Premier Chinese technology-related firms with a global presence filed the highest number of applications in 2019. The companies with most Chinese blockchain patent applications are Alibaba and Tencent who leads the Asian pack in 2019. Companies filed for 5,800 blockchain patent applications this past year. Data reveals that Tencent and its associated firms filed 718 patent applications, while Alibaba is related to 470 patent applications. These figures reveal more than 20 percent of the total applications came from the Chinese.

Chinese blockchain patent filings have state patronage

There are strong hints of state patronage behind the rising number of Chinese blockchain patent applications. The authorities in the south Asian nation not only promote blockchain research and development, but they also develop incubation policies that help increase its growth. When the country’s president openly declares blockchain as a technology of the future, the legislative and administrative bodies definitely ramp up support.

WeBank is right behind Alibaba and Tencent when it comes to application filing. The next significant names in the list of Chinese blockchain patents include Ant Financial and Ruize Technolgy. U.S. companies also dominate the list, but they are nowhere close to their Chinese counterparts. The list is so heavily ruled by Chinese firms that close to 63 percent of the firms are based in China only. At the same time, it must be noted that only 3 percent of the applications were approved and granted patent rights.

When you see the number of Chinese blockchain patent filings, it can be accrued that innovation is at an all-time high in the country even in these times. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is actively pursuing the digital Yuan goal and is on track in terms of technical developments.

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind is pursuing Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Ottawa. His scholarly interests include IT, computer languages and cryptocurrencies. With a special interest in blockchain powered architectures, he seeks to explore the societal impact of digital currencies as finance of the future. He is passionate about learning new languages, cultures and social media.

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