The global retail industry experienced a 16% decline in the number of artificial intelligence-related patent applications in Q3 2022 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of artificial intelligence-related grants rose by 2% in Q3 2022, according to GlobalData’s whitepaper on Artificial Intelligence in Retail – Patenting Activity in Q3 2022.

Notably, the number of artificial intelligence-related patent applications in the retail industry was 1,096 in Q3 2022, versus 1,309 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 13% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that SoftBank Group filed the most artificial intelligence patents within the retail industry in Q3 2022. The company filed 84 artificial intelligence-related patents in the quarter, compared with 9 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Coupang with 26 artificial intelligence patent filings, JOYY (12 filings), and Walmart (11 filings) in Q3 2022.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 41% share of total patent filings

The largest share of artificial intelligence related patent filings in the retail industry in Q3 2022 was in China with 41%, followed by the US (25%) and South Korea (12%). The share represented by China was 2% higher than the 38% share it accounted for in Q2 2022.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.