WIPO publication released: “WIPO Technology Trends 2019 – Artificial Intelligence”

Its stats about patent numbers with a bit of analysis but worth a read, even if you don’t get past the foreword by Andrew Ng, – Founder of Landing AI, deeplearning.ai, Coursera, Adjunct Professor at Stanford, Former Lead Scientist at Baidu, Founder and former Leader of Google Brain Deep Learning project.

Some takeaways from the study’s findings:

  • Nearly 340,000 patent applications for AI-related inventions filed between 1950s – 2016 and over 1.6 million scientific papers published.
  • More than half of the identified AI-related patent applications filed since 2013.
  • Companies represent 26 out of the top 30 AI patent applicants, with universities or public research organizations accounting for the remaining four. (Chapter 4).
  • By the end of 2016, IBM had 8,290 inventions, followed by Microsoft (5,930), then Toshiba (5,223), Samsung (5,102) and NEC (4,406).
  • Chinese organizations account for 17 of the top 20 academic players in AI patenting.
  • ML represents one-third of all identified inventions with DL the fastest growing AI technique with a 175 percent average annual growth rate as compared against a 10 percent average annual rate for all technologies.
  • Computer vision is the most popular AI application, mentioned in 49 percent of all AI-related patents.
  • The transportation sector showed a 33 percent annual average growth rate and nearly 20% of all filings.
  • 15 percent of all identified patent documents between 2013-2016 were related to telecommunications.
  • Life and medical sciences had a 12 percent annual average growth rate between 2013-2016 and got a mention in around 11% of all filings.
  • AI for robotics grew 265 percent overall with 55 percent average annual growth between 2013 -2016 in patent applications for robotic control methods.
  • The transportation sector showed a 33 percent annual average growth rate and nearly 20% of all filings.
  • 15 percent of all identified patent documents between 2013-2016 were related to telecommunications.
  • Life and medical sciences had a 12 percent annual average growth rate between 2013-2016 and got a mention in around 11% of all filings.

The “WIPO Technology Trends” study on AI also contains commentary by AI leaders, including:

  • Seth G Benzell – Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

  • Nick Bostrom – Director, Future of Humanity Institute and author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

  • Erik Brynjolfsson – Director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

  • Yoon Chae – Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie

  • Frank Chen – Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

  • Myriam Côté – Director of AI for Humanity at MILA

  • Boi Faltings – Director of the AI Lab, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

  • Kay Firth–Butterfield – Head, AI and Machine Learning Head, World Economic Forum

  • John G Flaim – Global head of the IP group, Baker McKenzie

  • Dario Floreano – Director, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL and Founding Director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics

  • Dominique Foray – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

  • Martin Ford – Futurist, author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

  • Jay Iorio – Futurist

  • Malcolm Johnson – Deputy Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

  • Konstantinos Karachalios – Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association

  • Kai Fu Lee – CEO of Sinovation Ventures, former President of Google China, Author of ‘AI Superpowers’

  • Ben Lorica – Chief Data Scientist, O’Reilly Media

  • Miguel Luengo–Oroz – Chief Data Scientist, UN Global Pulse

  • Kazuyuki Motohashi – Department of Technology Management for Innovation, University of Tokyo

  • Paul Nemitz – Principal Advisor, European Commission

  • Eleonore Pauwels – Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies, UN University’s Center for Policy Research

  • Rosalind Picard – MIT Media Lab Director, founder of the field of affective computing, co–founder of Empatica and Affectiva

  • Hefa Song – Institute of Science and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Deputy Director of the Center for IPR Research and Training of CAS and Deputy Dean of the Intellectual Property School of University of CAS

  • Petr Šrámek – Founder of AI Startup Incubator and co–founder of the Platform on Artificial Intelligence, Confederation of Industry, Czech Republic

  • Aristotelis Tsirigos – Director, Applied Bioinformatics Laboratories, NYU School of Medicine

  • Haifeng Wang – Senior Vice President at Baidu

  • Herbert Zech – Intellectual Property Law and Life Sciences Law at the University of Basel

  • Paul Nemitz – Principal Advisor, European Commission

  • Eleonore Pauwels – Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies, UN University’s Center for Policy Research

  • Rosalind Picard – MIT Media Lab Director, founder of the field of affective computing, co–founder of Empatica and Affectiva

  • Hefa Song – Institute of Science and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Deputy Director of the Center for IPR Research and Training of CAS and Deputy Dean of the Intellectual Property School of University of CAS

  • Petr Šrámek – Founder of AI Startup Incubator and co–founder of the Platform on Artificial Intelligence, Confederation of Industry, Czech Republic

  • Aristotelis Tsirigos – Director, Applied Bioinformatics Laboratories, NYU School of Medicine

  • Haifeng Wang – Senior Vice President at Baidu

  • Herbert Zech – Intellectual Property Law and Life Sciences Law at the University of Basel

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