Indian Patents – Key Insights

India for the first time made it to the top 40 countries at the Global Innovation Index (GII), led by improvement in information and communication technologies (ICT) services exports. India has moved up the Global Innovation Index rankings from 81 in 2015–16 to 46 in 2021 (Source: WIPO).

This is pretty impressive as the GII, released by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), reveals the most innovative economies in the world, ranking the innovation performance of 132 economies.

To better understand what has been happening in India, we have attempted to delve deeper into the data of the patents published in the last seven years (2016–2022).

Exploring the Patent filing Trend in India, in the last 7 years

How Many Patents were published & granted in India Every Year?

India Patent Statistics

Also, are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in patent filing. We are considering total records of published patent applications for our research, utilising the most recent year’s patent count for comparison.

YearPublished Patent Application CountGranted Patent Count
2016414928294
20174329412282
20184502613831
20195021522916
20205151125654
20214942731063
20224248731199

In comparison to the approx. 3 lakh published patent applications filed during the time period 2016-2022, there were around 1.5 lakh patent applications that were granted during the same time period.

For the period 2016-2022, on an average 46000 patents were filed every year. It was the highest for the year 2020. The number of patents granted during the same time period was around 30,000. It was the highest in the year 2022.

Where did the majority of India’s innovations come from?

Patent Filing by Countries/Regions in India

This graph is an indicator of the main R&D locations, as most players file patents locally. It displays the geographical coverage of patent families filed in India. It also reveals which countries want their inventions protected in India.

The major contributions in patent filing, outside India, has come from the USA & Japan which accounted for roughly 25% and 8% of the total patents we considered, respectively.

Key Companies

Top Patent Filers

AssigneePatent Count
Qualcomm17470
Samsung9462
Huawei8417
Philips6440
Ericsson5791
Microsoft4293
Bosch3990
Honda Motor3938
LG3618
BASF3172
Oppo2880
Mitsubishi Electric2781
CSIR2632
General Electric2606
DOW2529
Suzuki Motor2287
Nippon Steel2257
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd2228
TCS2128
JFE Steel2118
Siemens2040
Xiaomi2024
Toyota1951
TVS Motor1894
Google1692
Ethicon1627
Nokia1557
Apple1376
Sony1355
Intel1288
3M1189
Unilever1179
Tata Steel1177
Saint Gobain1133
Nissan Motor1095
ABB Schweiz1085
ZTE Corporation1070
Signify1054
Canon1050
Daimler1050
P&G1048
Tata Motors1008
Wipro982
Panasonic957
NEC Corporation955
Toshiba948
Honeywell901
Daikin Industries900
Borealis877
ITC848
Alibaba807
Mahindra & Mahindra777
Schneider Electric777
Novartis776
Sumitomo Chemical774
Unicharm736
L&T720
Hitachi718
Maruti Suzuki703
UOP694
IFP Energies694
Vivo692
BOE Technology689
Toray Industries685
Yamaha674
Reliance Industries623
Corning622
Colgate603
Chitkara Innovation Incubator Foundation596
Sharp Corporation586
HP577
NTT Docomo570
Syngenta569
Rohm and Haas566
Mesbro Technologies555
Tencent545
Johnson Matthey545

Which Foreign Companies filed most patents in India?

Patent Filing by Foreign Companies in India

As can be seen from the chart, “Technology” & “Manufacturing” sectors have contributed the most to the Patent Filing in India.

Qualcomm’s offices in India focus on wireless modem and multimedia software, as well as DSP and embedded applications and digital media networking solutions.

Samsung has been working on customer-centric innovations for India. A few of their inventions include the Curd Maestro range of refrigerators, allowing customers to create curd at home. Given the fascination with all things curd in Indian households, it’s no surprise that these refrigerators were in high demand across the country.

Huawei Technologies India is the company’s largest software development centre outside of China. Big Data, Storage, Handset OS, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cloud Service Development are among the new thrust areas for the smartphone industry in which Huawei is currently working.

Which Indian Companies filed the most patents in India?

Patent Filing by Indian Companies in India

CSIR filed about 229 Indian patents and 202 foreign patents during 2021-22. It has a patent portfolio of 1,132 unique patents in force.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has a total of 2406 patents globally, out of which 1326 have been granted.

TCS’ intellectual property portfolio covers a diverse range of products and platforms that satisfy the business and technical demands of companies in a variety of industries. The TCS BaNCSTM suite for financial institutions, the TCS ADD platform for the life sciences industry, and a number of additional inventions are among them.

Key Indian Inventors

Patent Filing by Leading Inventors in India

Click here to get a list of the Top 50 Indian Inventors

Which Indian Universities have filed the most patents in India?

Paten Filing by Universities in India

Among the leading Universities and Institutions in India, LPU submitted the most patents. It is concentrating its research efforts on a number of trending areas, including initiatives in the fields of pharmaceutical, medical, computer, Internet of Things, and environmental technology (to name a few).

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Our comprehensive report provides an in-depth look into the patent portfolio. The report includes a breakdown of the patent portfolio across various technologies, listing the patent along with brief summaries of each patent's technology.