US takes the lead in blockchain patents. According to a Sept. 17 report from intellectual property consultancy KISSPatent, the United States still takes the lead as the country with the most blockchain patents.
IBM and Alibaba hold the most blockchain patents. Alibaba has filed more than 200 patents while IBM filed a little over 100. Other U.S.-based companies like Bank of America and Mastercard have also filed several patent applications bumping up the total for the U.S. According to KISSPatent, more blockchain patents have been filed in the first half of 2020 than all of 2019.
The U.S. has 2,112 patents, with Cayman Islands coming in second with 350 filings and Canada with 118. The rest of the top six are Japan with 108, South Korea with 87 and China with 77 patents.
The Cayman Islands is second as Alibaba’s subsidiaries headquartered in the British Overseas Territory filed these applications.
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