The global retail industry experienced a 52% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 23% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Retail: Patents Trends Q1 2024 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

Notably, the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the retail industry was 129 in Q1 2024, versus 269 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 22% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Toyota Motor filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the retail industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 9 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 1 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Yanolja with 6 environmental sustainability patent filings, NIKE (5 filings), and Vipshop (5 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 33% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the retail industry in Q1 2024 was in the US with 33%, followed by China (25%) and Japan (8%). The share represented by the US was 5% higher than the 27% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

For further understanding of GlobalData's Retail: Patents Trends Q1 2024, buy the databook here.

This content was updated on 18 April 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.