The global retail industry experienced an 8% decline in the number of blockchain-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of blockchain-related grants dropped by 6% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Retail: Patents Trends Q4 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of blockchain-related patent applications in the retail industry was 386 in Q4 2023, versus 421 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 12% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that nChain filed the most blockchain patents within the retail industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 14 blockchain-related patents in the quarter, compared with 26 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Toronto-Dominion Bank with 10 blockchain patent filings, Mastercard (8 filings), and NIKE (8 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 57% share of total patent filings

The largest share of blockchain related patent filings in the retail industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 57%, followed by Australia (2%) and China (1%). The share represented by the US was 13% higher than the 44% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 2024

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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.