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The global construction industry experienced a 2% decline in the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of 3D printing-related grants dropped by 12% in Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Construction: Patents Trends Q3 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in the construction industry was 57 in Q3 2023, versus 58 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 23% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that China Communications Construction Group filed the most 3D printing patents within the construction industry in Q3 2023. The company filed 4 3D printing-related patents in the quarter, compared with 2 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Caterpillar with 3 3D printing patent filings, Technical University of Munich (2 filings), and Sika (2 filings) in Q3 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 35% share of total patent filings

The largest share of 3D printing related patent filings in the construction industry in Q3 2023 was in China with 35%, followed by the US (16%) and Germany (7%). The share represented by China was 4% higher than the 31% share it accounted for in Q2 2023.

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This content was updated on 16 October 2023

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual 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.