Samsung, just like any other company, applies hundreds of patents every year. Amongst them, Smart Home Application is one area that gets a lot of significance from the company. That looks to be true, as the company is reportedly the World’s second-largest Smart Home Patent Applicant this year.
According to a report by Business Korea(via Sammobile), incoPat, a Chinese patent information analysis company has released a “2020 Global Smart Home Invention Patent Rankings” list. Samsung, which occupies 2nd position in the list, has filed over 909 Smart Home patent applications in total this year. The list reportedly has China’s “Haier” at the top with 1,163 patent applications.
Do note that the report talks only about the Patent Applications list and Holders’ list. Both are entirely different as not all patents get approved. Plus, there is no mention of Patent acquisition anywhere in the report.
Also, as per the report, the ranking list is based on the number of smart-home related patent applications in major areas Globally from January-September 2020. That said, there is another report by Germany’s patent information company IPlytics in August.
It says that Samsung overtakes its competitors in Smart Home Patent Applications cumulatively. Accordingly, Samsung has filed about 9,447 patent applications since 2006. Consequently, it leads the pack which has Huawei in Second with 1,774 patent applications.
This not only shows a sizeable gap but also shows the commitment of Samsung to be the frontrunner of Smart Home Tech. Samsung is giving a lot of importance to Smart Home Tech recently. It already has “Bixby” which has the potential to become an AI voice assistant like competitors. Additionally, there is SmartThings for IoT.
Coming back, the rest of the report talks about the other companies and their patent application numbers behind Samsung. The Third and Fourth places are occupied by China’s Gree(878), and Midea(812). South Korea’s LG bags the Fifth place with 782 patent applications. Lastly, the rest of the list has some biggies like the USA’s Google(474), Apple(328), Japan’s Panasonic, and Sony(~280 each).
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