The global consumer industry experienced a 33% decline in the number of ecommerce-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of ecommerce-related grants dropped by 12% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Consumer: 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.

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Notably, the number of ecommerce-related patent applications in the consumer industry was 143 in Q1 2024, versus 215 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 38% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Rakuten Group filed the most ecommerce patents within the consumer industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 17 ecommerce-related patents in the quarter, compared with 23 in the previous quarter. It was followed by L'Oreal with 14 ecommerce patent filings, NIKE (11 filings), and LG (8 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 42% share of total patent filings

The largest share of ecommerce related patent filings in the consumer industry in Q1 2024 was in the US with 42%, followed by Japan (13%) and China (12%). The share represented by the US was 18% higher than the 24% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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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.