For the second year in a row, Baidu submitted more patent applications for artificial intelligence (AI) than any other company in China. A recent study by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Research Unit (MIIT) showed that Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) had filed the most AI-related patent applications in China, a recognition of their long-term commitment to leading technological progress.
“Baidu retained the top spot for AI patent applications in China because of our continuous research and investment in developing AI, as well as our strategic focus on patents,” stated Victor Liang, Vice President as well as General Counsel of Baidu.
"In the future, we will continue to increase our investments into securing AI patents, especially for high-value and high-quality patents, to provide a solid foundation for Baidu's AI business and our development of world-leading technology," he said.
It stated on its public account on WeChat last week, as of October 2019, the search giant filed a total of 5,712 patent applications related to the AI network, followed by Tencent (4,115) with the 3,978 patents as well as Microsoft (3,978). The announcement quoted research done by the Response team of Cyber Emergency of China Industrial Control Systems, affiliated with the Ministry of Industry as well as Information Technology.
With 3,656 filings as well as 3,079 filings, respectively, Huawei, as well as Alibaba, were in the fifth and seventh place. However, Baidu did not highlight how many of the applications were approved.
Baidu also filed the majority of patent applications in four fields: independent driving with 1,237 applications, deep learning with 1,429 applications, voice recognition with 933. Nine hundred thirty-three applications and natural linguistic processing in 938.
According to the statement, as of October, China submitted a total of 440,000 AI applications exceeding the U.S. China's goal of being a global AI leader by 2030 has previously been identified as well as supplementary policy guidelines been issued.
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