Blockchain patent landscape

A review of the blockchain patent landscape

This report will enable you to identify the leading organisations filing blockchain technology patents, when they filed, what patents have been granted, what are the main technology areas where filings have occurred, and which industry sectors are the most active.

Those companies that file early patents will clearly have a competitive advantage - understanding what patents are being filed will enable companies to avoid competition

This report is updated each month - this means if you buy the report today it will include our most recent analysis and dataset.

Blockchains: A review of the patent landscape 2008 – 2018 (2019-Q1)


This latest report from cintelliq analyses the patent landscape of blockchain technologies, it provides a comprehensive review of the intellectual property being protected, it acts as a source of competitive intelligence for those wanting to track competitors, track new applications, track new entrants and track blockchain technology trends enabling them to better understand the opportunities and competitive environment of this exciting emerging technology.


Blockchain patent filings accelerate growing over 100% in one year

Since 2008 there are been more than 5,760 patents filed and granted by more than 1477 assignees. Currently, 41% of the patents have been filed in China, and 32% in the United States, Korea and the UK account for 8% and 6% respectively. About 10% of these patents are granted, with Korea and the United States holding 71% of these granted patents, the remaining patents are in China, Taiwan, Japan and Europe.


Patent inventions surge beyond 2000 filings in 2018

While the number of published patents has shown strong growth over the past two years. These published patents represents three groups 1) new inventions, 2) patents filed in other countries and 3) patents granted. As can be seen the number of new inventions being published has grown above 2000, and account for the bulk of published patents.

These inventions were originally filed between 2015 - 2017. The additional published patents beyond these represent either being granted or filed in additional countries.

Given the early stages blockchain technologies it is predicted the growth in published patents will continue over the next few years as assignees develop more inventions and seek IP protection worldwide.

Blockchain technology growing number of applications:

Since the publication of Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto the world has witness an extraordinary explosion of interest for this novel form of digital currency - or cryptocurrency.

Initially, bitcoin followed a smooth and gentle rate of adoption, then in the past five years it has experience an near exponential rate of growth, and has spurred many others to launch other cryptocurrencies - bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin and many others.

While interest in the development and adoption of cryptocurrencies itself has without question been huge there has been a surprising parallel interest developing in there use of the underlying bitcoin technologies themselves - namely the blockchain - essentially peer-to-peer distributed ledger, cryptography, hashes, merkle trees, data structures and related technologies - which we simply refer to as blockchain technologies.

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Growing number of patents for core technology and applications:

Analysing the patents highlights four patent groups; core technologies, applications, core/applications, and generic blockchain inventions.

Over the past few years there has been a huge growth in the number of application patents and general blockchain patents, with core technology patents growing slower in comparison.


Examining the patent dataset revels many core technologies and applications being patented:

  • access control
  • asset tracking
  • blockchain management
  • blockchain mining
  • blockchain optimisation
  • blockchain variants
  • blockchain browser interface
  • blockchain consortium
  • blockchain security
  • consensus verification systems
  • credit scoring
  • certificate issuance systems
  • certificate validation
  • cryptocurrency transaction payment system
  • data validation
  • digital certificate management
  • digital identities
  • document verification
  • electronic voting
  • electronic settlement platform
  • gift cards and electronic vouchers
  • hybrid blockchains
  • identity and credential protection
  • malware detection
  • management of digital assets
  • medical fraud detection
  • medical record management systems
  • mining hardware accelerators
  • network access sharing
  • on-grid demand management
  • payment systems
  • person-to-person payment systems
  • permissioned blockchains
  • proof-of-work
  • smart contracts
  • cryptograpic applications for blockchain systems
  • tracking transactions across the blockchain
  • vehicle record management
  • vendor payment sharing systems

More core technology patents and core/application patents are filed in the US whereas more application and generic blockchain patents are filed in China:

please note: this is a sample of concepts from the report and dataset


Understanding and tracking blockchain technology is important

The rapid pace of blockchain technology development and applications means there is an increasing number of patent filings. Understanding this technology and commercial progress can be achieved with a review of the patent landscape.

In order to gain competitive advantage companies and research institutions are actively filing patents as they seek to secure IP space they own and can commercialise.


The blockchain patent landscape provides insight to technology and commercial developments

Our latest patent landscape report provides a solid review of blockchain technology and commercial developments - an invaluable guide to this latest emerging solar cell technology.

With this report you will learn:

  • What inventions are being patented
  • What companies and research institutions are filing patents
  • How patent filings are developing over time, regionally and by industry
  • How is the early industry shaping-up
  • What are the technology groups being protected - devices, materials or processes
  • Who has filed early patents
  • Who are the key assignees
  • What are the patent portfolio held by key assignees
  • Who has already received granted patents
  • What are the technologies covered by these granted patents
  • What regional differences are emerging and how could this change over time
  • What patents are already being cited - only blockchain related or others

Growing number of assignees:

There are 1477 assignees in the dataset holding 5767 patents. The top sixteen commercial assignees have 27 or more patents, the nChain Holdings has more than 250 patents - an incredible number of filings, in fact the top five assignees hold more than 100 patents each. It is worth noting the remaining 71% of the patents are held by 1461 assignees.


Assignees included in the report and the dataset

●  accenture global solutions ltd ●  alibaba group holding ltd ●  amazon tech inc ●  aol inc ●  apple inc ●  arm ●  bank of america ●  bank of china co ltd ●  beihang university ●  beijing oracle chain tech co ltd ●  beijing peersafe co ltd ●  beijing ruizhuo xitou technology development co ltd ●  beijing tiande science and tech co ltd ●  beijing yunzhi tech co ltd ●  black gold coin inc ●  british telecomm ●  bubi beijing network tech co ltd ●  bundesdruckerei gmbh ●  cambridge blockchain llc ●  china unicom ●  china unionpay co ltd ●  cisco tech inc ●  civic tech inc ●  cloudminds shenzhen robotics systems co ltd ●  cognitive scale inc ●  coinbase inc ●  coinplug inc ●  dell products lp ●  ebay inc ●  fmr llc ●  fujitsu ltd ●  general electric ●  goldman sachs and co ●  guangdong wangjin holdings co ltd ●  hangzhou fuzamei technology co ltd ●  hangzhou qulian tech ltd ●  hangzhou yunphant network tech co ltd ●  hefei weitian yuntong information tech co ltd ●  huawei tech co ltd ●  hyperchain tech co ltd ●  ibm corp ●  intel corp ●  irdeto access bv ●  jinan inspur hi tech invest & development co ltd ●  jinan university ●  jpmorgan chase bank ●  korea university research and business foundation ●  mastercard international inc ●  mcafee inc ●  microsoft corp ●  nasdaq inc ●  nchain holdings ltd ●  nec ●  nippon telegraph & telephone ●  nokia technologies oy ●  nvidia corp] ●  pricewaterhousecoopers ●  qian dejun ●  qualcomm inc ●  royal bank of canada ●  salesforce com inc ●  samsung electronics co ltd ●  shanghai dianrong information tech co ltd ●  shanghai vechain information tech co ltd ●  shenzhen fanxi eelectronics co ltd ●  shenzhen golo chelian data tech co ltd ●  shenzhen qianhai webank co ltd ●  shenzhen university ●  shocard inc ●  siemens ag ●  sinochain tech co ltd ●  sony corp ●  spondoolies tech ltd ●  square inc [us] ●  tencent tech shenzhen co ltd ●  the toronto dominion bank ●  thomson licensing ●  thomson reuters global resources unlimited company ●  tsinghua university ●  union mobile pay co ltd ●  university of electronic science and technology of china ●  virtual electric inc ●  visa intl ●  wal mart ●  wuhan douyu network tech co ltd ●  xidian university
... plus many other assignees

Note: All assignee names have been standardised and so each has a single spelling.


Two versions available - mini-report or full-report:

Our latest report covers the period 2008 - 2018 and includes patents to the end of December 2018

In the mini-report there are five sections

In the full-report there are nine sections


Each report includes patent dataset in a spreadsheet:

Each row of patent data contains more than 24 fields of data related to the patent.

Ready to use patent dataset, tabbed worksheets, each patent record has been cleaned and normalised providing a consistent, accurate and easy to use dataset in an Excel spreadsheet document.

  • includes bibliographic data
  • includes links to patents on espacenet
  • includes unique data derived by our research
  • includes organisation type
  • includes content and classifications (#1)
  • data used to generated the charts and tables (#1)
  • includes separate tab with citations(#1)
  • includes separate tab with inventors(#1)

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