Patent information can provide insights regarding the state of the art of the AI technology innovation. Patents regarding the AI technology innovation that specifically describe the major AI technologies are a good indicator of the AI innovations in a specific innovation entity.
To find AI technology innovation leadership for the US market, patents in the USPTO database are searched using relevant AI keywords. Total of nearly 20,000 published patent applications regarding AI technology innovation are identified as of 4Q 2019.
IBM is the leader in AI patent application followed by Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Intel, Google, AT&T, Accenture, Qualcomm, LG Electronics, Siemens , General Electric, Toyota, Baidu, Comcast, Cisco, General Motors, Honda, Sony, Adobe, and Facebook.
It is interesting to find several automobile manufactures' AI innovation leadership: Toyota, GM, and Honda. It is also interesting to find Apple's relatively low innovation activity in AI compare to its competitors.
Patent application activity chart shows a dramatic increase in technology innovation within five years.
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