Driving the Future: Unveiling the Patent Landscape in VR & Telecommunications

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In a world propelled by technological advancements, Virtual Reality (VR) and Telecommunications have emerged as transformative forces that hold the key to shaping our future. VR, with its immersive experiences, and telecommunications, connecting people across vast distances, are converging to create a groundbreaking synergy.

By delving into the realm of patents, we gain valuable insights into the direction technology is taking and the key players pushing the boundaries of innovation. From groundbreaking VR inventions to telecommunications patents enabling seamless connectivity, this exploration offers a glimpse into the immense possibilities that lie ahead.

A Look at the Patent Activity by Companies in Europe

The European region has witnessed remarkable advancements in the field of telecommunications, marking a significant evolution in connectivity and communication infrastructure. Over the years, Europe has been at the forefront of deploying cutting-edge technologies, including high-speed broadband networks, fiber-optic connectivity, and the development of 5G networks. These innovations have not only enhanced the speed and reliability of communication but have also facilitated the seamless integration of emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud computing.

The number of patents filed can serve as a useful indicator of the level of investment and activity in the field of telecommunication both by countries and businesses. Here are the top applicants in Europe that have the most patents filed around telecommunication.  

Top applicants in Europe in the field of telecomunication

The Swedish Ericsson is the leader in the number of patents filed, followed by Alcatel and Nokia.  

A Look at the Patent Activity by Companies Worldwide 

On a global scale, the field of telecommunications has witnessed extraordinary development, transforming the way we connect and communicate across borders. The rapid advancement of technology has led to the deployment of high-speed broadband networks, the widespread adoption of mobile devices, and the emergence of revolutionary communication platforms.

Here are the top 5 companies worldwide that have the most patents filed in the telecommunication field. 

Top 5 Companies Worldwide with the most patens in the telecommunication field

China and South Korea dominate this list as all companies are from these two countries. Chinese Oppo is leading the list in number of patents filed, followed by Samsung and LG Electronics from South Korea, Nubia from China and Vivo also from China.  

Virtual Reality Technology 

Virtual Reality (VR) technology has emerged as a groundbreaking innovation that has the potential to transform various industries and revolutionize the way we interact with digital content. With its immersive and interactive nature, VR has gained significant traction in fields such as gaming, entertainment, education, and even healthcare. At the core of VR technology lies a strong connection with telecommunications, as the seamless transmission of high-quality data and real-time communication is crucial for delivering a truly immersive VR experience. 

Real-time communication is an integral part of many VR applications, allowing users to interact with each other and share experiences in virtual spaces. Telecommunications technologies facilitate this communication by enabling seamless voice and video connectivity within VR environments. 

Telecommunication companies are also investing in VR technology to explore new business opportunities and enhance their services. For example, telecommunications providers can leverage VR to create virtual showrooms, allowing customers to explore products and services remotely. This innovative approach enhances the customer experience by offering immersive and interactive demonstrations, thereby bridging the gap between physical and virtual retail spaces. Additionally, VR can be utilized for virtual meetings and teleconferencing, enabling participants from different locations to meet in a shared virtual environment. This application of VR in telecommunications enhances remote collaboration, reduces travel costs, and promotes more efficient communication between teams. 

Patent Activity for VR Technology in Europe 

VR technology has gained significant traction in Europe, with numerous industries embracing its potential. Admittedly, the progress in VR technology is not as big as in some regions outside of Europe, since the number of patents has not been very significant in the last years.

Here are the top 5 countries with the most patents filed in Europe around VR technology. 

Top 5 countries in Europe with the most patens in the VR field

United Kingdom is the leader with most patents filed, followed by Germany, France, Russia, and Italy.  

Here are the top 5 companies in Europe that have filed the most patents for VR technologies.  

Top 5 companies in Europe with the most patents in the VR field

Nokia is leading, followed by Bae Systems, Siemens Healthcare, Pcms Holdings and Philips.  

Patent Activity for VR Technology Worldwide  

VR technology has captivated audiences worldwide, transcending borders and industries. Here are the top 5 countries that have filed the most patents in VR worldwide.  

Top 5 countries worldwide with the most patents in the VR field

United States has been leading the charge in innovation for the last few years, with China emerging since 2019. Following up is South Korea, Japan and United Kingdom.  

Here are the top five companies worldwide that are at the forefront of VR innovation.  


Top 5 companies worldwide with the most patents in the VR field

It’s visible that Microsoft, Magic Leap and Samsung were leading the way until 2018 when Apple emerged along with Facebook. Samsung has managed to take the lead again since 2019.  


In this rapidly changing world, where the boundaries between physical and virtual realms blur, we find ourselves on the cusp of a transformative era. The patent landscape in VR and Telecommunications invites us to embrace the possibilities, challenge the limits, and shape the future we envision. As we drive towards this future, let us harness the power of patents to inspire creativity, encourage collaboration, and unlock the untapped potential that lies within the realms of Virtual Reality and Telecommunications.


The year in the trends is based on the year of the earliest priority date of the patent family. The top applicants/countries are sorted by the total number of patent families with an earliest priority date between 2013 and 2020. For companies with multiple branches, only the top performing branch is included. The country of a patent family is based on the country code of the earliest priority application(s). India is excluded from the countries due to limited patent information. For the technical areas CPC-classification is used with the following classification code: Telecommunication – H04M, 5G – H04L5, H04B7, H04L1, H04W72 and VR – G06T19/006.   

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