The global retail industry experienced a 33% decline in the number of artificial intelligence-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of artificial intelligence-related grants dropped by 11% 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 artificial intelligence-related patent applications in the retail industry was 716 in Q4 2023, versus 1,071 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 15% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Alibaba Group filed the most artificial intelligence patents within the retail industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 39 artificial intelligence-related patents in the quarter, compared with 139 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Capital One Financial with 26 artificial intelligence patent filings, eBay (15 filings), and Maplebear (14 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 52% share of total patent filings

The largest share of artificial intelligence related patent filings in the retail industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 52%, followed by China (8%) and Japan (3%). The share represented by the US was 19% higher than the 32% 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.