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The UN reports that China leads in generative AI patent applications, with the US following closely behind.

China Leads in Generative AI Patent Applications, With U.S. Far Behind: U.N. Agency

China Leads in Generative AI Patents, Leaving U.S. Behind

In a groundbreaking report released by the U.N. intellectual property agency, it has been revealed that China is dominating the field of generative artificial intelligence (AI) patents, leaving the United States far behind.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, China has requested significantly more patents in the field of generative AI compared to any other country. This technology, which has the potential to revolutionize efficiency and accelerate scientific discoveries, has resulted in approximately 54,000 inventions over the past decade, with more than a quarter of those emerging just last year.

The report, the first of its kind, aims to track patent applications as an indication of trends in artificial intelligence, specifically focusing on generative AI and excluding broader AI technologies such as facial recognition or computer vision.

With over 38,200 generative AI inventions originating from China in the past decade, the country has significantly outpaced the United States, which accounted for nearly 6,300 such inventions. Other leading countries in generative AI patents include South Korea, Japan, and India.

Generative AI enables users to create various content forms such as text, images, music, and computer code through tools like ChatGPT from OpenAI and Google Gemini. However, concerns have been raised about the potential of AI technology to replace human workers in certain jobs and the fair compensation of human-generated content.

While the quantity of patent applications does not necessarily indicate quality, the report highlights the rapid advancements in generative AI and its impact on various industries, including life sciences, manufacturing, transportation, security, and telecommunications.

As the race for AI dominance continues between the United States and China, it remains to be seen how these developments will unfold over time and which patents will ultimately prove to be transformative for society. Follow the latest developments in artificial intelligence on the AP coverage hub at

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