What Is Google’s AI Strategy? Teqmine Analysis.

WHY GOOGLE WILL BE CENTRAL FOR AI?

What is Google AI strategy and its implications for other firms? Based on TEQMINE’s AI Technology Scan, we provide here a snapshop of its AI patent and invention effort.

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  • Google’s AI strategy is to create strong capabilities and patent positions in core data science and computer technology areas.
  • If successful, Google’s AI technology and patents will have implications across wide range of technologies and business.
  • Google’s AI patent effort increases currently faster than Google’s other patenting, and the difference is increasing, demonstrating AI’s importance for it.
  • Google aims to create enabling and platform technologies, and AI directly applicable to specific business domains (e.g. smart traffic or payments) is of secondary importance.
  • Google ranks currently among three largest AI patentees (2018 – prediction) with Microsoft and Samsung.
  • Google has intensified significantly it’s AI innovation and patent effort in the last few years.
  • AI patent effort is increasing currently, but it did dip significantly 2014-2016.
  • AI is currently key innovation and patent area for the company, and it’s investment in the technology is likely to continue.
  • Google’s AI innovation ecosystem is heavily concentrated in the Silicon Valley, but includes hubs also in the UK, Switzerland and China.
  • Overseas AI hubs are of declining importance for its patent effort.
  • Note about data, sources and graphs: All data from TEQMINE’s AI Technology Scan (May 2018). Patent data from USPTO/EPO/PCT.

Google AI Patenting 2017-2018. Note: 2018*=Estimate

Google AI Patenting vs Other Patenting. Note: 2009=100

Google Artificial Intelligence patent and innovation focus.

The IPC Technology Class Focus of Google Artificial Intelligence Patenting

Google AI Inventor Hubs by Country