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WIPO Technology Trends – Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing every aspect of life and work. Creating a common understanding of AI based on facts is critical to maximize its benefits.

This first report in our "Technology Trends" series offers evidence-based projections to inform global policymakers on the future of AI.  It analyzes data in patent applications and scientific publications to better understand the latest trends in the field.

Key findings

Browse our collection of key findings to get an overview of the main takeaways from the report.

For more detail, read the executive summary PDF, Tech Trends, Artificial intelligence, Executive summary.

Animated chart from the feature The Story of AI in Patents

The Story of AI in Patents

Explore the evolution of AI through the prism of patents in this visual feature.

Patent families

AI patenting has grown dramatically since 2013, with U.S. and Asian companies leading the way.

AI techniques

Machine learning is the most popular AI technique being patented and includes the fastest growing technique, deep learning.

AI applications

AI for robotics and control methods to manage the behavior of devices are the AI application areas with the fastest growth.

AI in industrial sectors

Transportation is the dominant industry and is seeing the fastest growth in AI patenting.

Featured – PATENTSCOPE Artificial Intelligence Index

One-click access to patent applications related to artificial intelligence.

The index follows the same categorization and equivalent search model used in the WIPO Technology Trends Report: Artificial Intelligence.

Access the PATENTSCOPE AI index

Expert views on AI

We partnered with leading experts from around the world to get their views on a wide range of AI issues.

We’ll be adding more expert views to this page on a regular basis.

Impact of AI and Business Concerns

Kay Firth-Butterfield, World Economic Forum

From Discovery to Implementation

Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman & CEO, Sinovation Ventures

Dive deeper


Discover where our data comes from, how we collected it, and why we chose the approach we use.



What’s the difference between deep learning and machine learning? Find out in our helpful glossary of AI terms.


Raw data

Access the unabridged data set behind the report.