As AI technologies continue to evolve, so does the landscape of patent filings across the globe. A recent Stanford-based study highlights a significant trend: since 2013, China has consistently outpaced the U.S. in the number of patents related to AI technology granted annually, with a strong focus on computer vision technologies. Meanwhile, the AI-related patents that have been granted in the U.S. are more evenly distributed across various applications of AI technology. While this data confirms China’s substantial investment in AI research, it does not mean China is the leader in overall technological capability within the field as a whole. Rather, the data highlights the fierce global competition in AI innovation and illuminates the focus areas in AI of major tech nations.