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May 16, 2022

Machine learning innovation among retail industry companies has dropped off in the last year

Analysis of patent filings shows a shrinking level of related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in machine learning in the retail sector has declined in the last year.

The most recent figures show that the number of related patent applications in the industry stood at 32 in the three months ending March – down from 100 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 22 in the three months ending March 2021 to 15 in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Amazon.com Inc was the top innovator in the retail sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed eight related patents in the three months ending March. That was down from 19 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the China based Alibaba Group Holding Ltd with seven patent applications, China based JD.com Inc (4 applications), and the United States based eBay Inc (3 applications).