Since 2016, over than 75% of patent applications linked to the metaverse, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) have been filed by U.S. and South Korean firms, according to Nikkei Asia.
57% of the 7,760 metaverse patent applications filed since 2016 were submitted by U.S.-based corporations, according to a survey conducted jointly by Nikkei Asia and Cyber Creative Institute.
South Korean enterprises ranked second with 19%, Chinese firms ranked third with 12%, and Japanese firms ranked fourth with 8%.
The survey analyzed around 20 patent categories relevant to the metaverse, VR, and AR in Japan, the United States, Europe, and other markets.
Since 2016, the South Korean multinational LG Electronics has submitted the most metaverse patent applications, followed by its local competitor Samsung Electronics.
This year, both Samsung and LG implemented non-fungible token (NFT) trading capabilities into their respective smart TV product lines.
In addition to Meta, Microsoft, Intel, and Apple, China’s Huawei and Japan’s Sony also made the list of the top 20 metaverse patent applications.
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