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Data compiled by GlobalData suggests NIKE was the only fashion brand in the top 10 list of apparel patent assignees between 31 March and 30 June 2023 with technology and science-based companies making up the rest of the list.

The data shows that Nike came sixth in the top 10 list with 295 publications made up of 152 applications and 141 grants.

Meanwhile semiconductor and wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc had 963 total publications taking the top spot in the list and Apple Inc sat at the end of the list with 227 total publications, 91 applications and 136 grants.

Why is Nike the sole apparel brand on the patents assignee list for Q2 2023?

The data supports the fact Nike is well-known for bringing new innovations into the apparel market. In fact, it has what it calls the NSRL series and explains it is Nike’s performance apparel incubator — a space where the industry’s most cutting-edge sport scientists and the world’s most boundary-pushing designers can come together and explore new athletic solutions.

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Only last week (13 July) the brand launched the Nike InfinityRN 4, a trainer that is said to help protect the future of sport by equipping runners with higher energy return and a lower carbon footprint than its Nike React foam.

Its latest collaboration is with manufacturer Vibram and earlier this month the duo announced the creation of an exclusive sole design, which would be included in Nike’s trail racing footwear offering.

Last month Nike unveiled its all-new performance apparel technology Aerogami, which is said to transform in real time to keep runners cool.

Meanwhile, Nike leveraged data from its Nike Run Club app in April to design Motiva, a new shoe based on the unique needs of people that walk, run and jog.