China increases its lead over the United States in AI patent filings, underscoring the Asian nation’s determination to shape and influence technology that could have broad implications for the world’s richest economies. From a report: Chinese institutions filed 29,853 AI-related patents in 2022, up from 29,000 the previous year, according to data provided by the World Intellectual Property Organization to Bloomberg News. That’s almost 80% more than U.S. deposits, which fell 5.5%. Overall, China accounted for more than 40% of global AI applications over the past year, according to data from the United Nations-affiliated agency. Japan and South Korea complete the 2022 ranking, with a total of 16,700 applications. These figures illustrate how Beijing has pushed Chinese companies and agencies to gain an advantage in areas such as chip manufacturing, space exploration and military science. More recently, President Xi Jinping ordered the country to speed up basic research in response to U.S. efforts to restrict its access to advanced technologies. This has triggered a flood of investment by Chinese companies in AI and quantum computing.