Patent applications related to cybersecurity decreased by 2% per year on average in the food industry since 2020

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The global food industry experienced a 2% decline in annual average growth rate (AAGR) in the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications between 2020 and 2022. The total number of cybersecurity-related grants increased by an AAGR of 41% during the same period, according to GlobalData's patent analytics database.  

Notably, the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications in the food industry was 42 since 2020, while 16 applications were granted.

The top five companies by filings accounted for 88% of patent applications

Analysis of patent applications by assignee shows that Ali Group filed the most cybersecurity patents within the food industry since 2020. The company filed 9 cybersecurity-related patents since 2020.  

It was followed by Nuro (2 applications), Huazhong Agricultural University (1 application), Jiangnan University (1 application) and Royal DSM (1 application). 

The top five companies by grants accounted for 91% of successful patent grants

Analysis of patent grants by assignee shows that Nestle was granted 4 patents related to cybersecurity within the food industry since 2020. It was followed by Nuro (2 grants), Royal DSM (2 grants), Huazhong Agricultural University (1 grant) and Kangnam University (1 grant).

Patent activity was driven by the US with a 36% share of total patent publications

The largest share of cybersecurity-related patent publications in the food industry since 2020 was held by the US with 36%, followed by China (33%) and Australia (6%).

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article. 

GlobalData’s Patents Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official patent offices around the world. Proprietary analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries