Alibaba Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Alibaba was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma and is doing business as a Technology company. The Company offers wide range products of E-commerce, Cloud computing, Artificial intelligence, Entertainment, Mobile commerce, Retail Mobile media, Films, TV shows. As of November 2021, Alibaba has a market cap of $459.95 Billion.

Alibaba has a total of 51752 patents globally, out of which 17422 have been granted. Of these 51752 patents, more than 82% patents are active. China is where Alibaba has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Hong Kong and USA and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Alibaba is China. China seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Alibaba.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of Alibaba which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find Alibaba’s patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Alibaba’s patent portfolio.

How many patents does Alibaba have?

Alibaba has a total of 51752 patents globally. These patents belong to 32005 unique patent families. Out of 51752 patents, 28717 patents are active.

How many Alibaba patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Alibaba Patent Portfolio

Patent Families

Alibaba Patent Families

How Many Patents did Alibaba File Every Year?

Alibaba Patent filing Trend

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantAlibaba Applications FiledAlibaba Patents Granted
2011863154
20121203145
20131475227
20142237309
20154718497
20165933835
20176998990
2018101541233
2019107752550
202046995600
20219294746

How Many Patents did Alibaba File in Different Countries?

Alibaba Patent Portfolio Country Wise

Countries in which Alibaba Filed Patents

CountryPatents
China23630
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)5804
United States Of America4553
Taiwan3195
Europe1770
Japan1546
Singapore1360
India912
Korea (South)838
Malaysia439
Philippines424
Australia335
Thailand319
Indonesia258
Viet Nam226
Canada213
Russian Federation139
Brazil122
Spain121
Mexico107
South Africa83
Turkey28
Poland21
Germany8
African Intellectual Property Organization5
United Kingdom3
Norway3
Israel3
Denmark2
Austria2
Czech Republic1
Portugal1
Hungary1
Lithuania1

Where are Research Centers of Alibaba Patents Located?

Alibaba R&D Center

10 Best Alibaba Patents

US6282653B1 is the most popular patent in the Alibaba portfolio. It has received 299 citations so far from companies like DivX Inc, Oath Inc and Sonics Inc.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Alibaba:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6282653B1299
US6477543B1270
US8612420B2196
US20100138347A1192
US6243722B1165
USD762655S1157
US7913303B1143
CN107294709A134
US20120131438A1129
US6393420B1126

Which Companies are using Alibaba Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top citing companies in the Alibaba patent portfolio are IBM, Microsoft and Samsung.

List of the top forward citing Companies

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM98
Microsoft51
Samsung46
Tencent46
Google33
Advanced New Technologies Co Ltd25
Amazon23
Facebook20
eBay19
Apple19

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Alibaba Patents

Alibaba Blocked Patents

Top Alibaba Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8892461B226
US8843484B212
US8725569B211
US9542566B29
US8972773B29
US8695093B29
US8738630B29
US8958822B28
US8874695B28
US9818142B28
US6996556B28
US6996748B28
US9037485B28
US6477543B17
US8948781B27

What Percentage of Alibaba US Patent Applications were Granted?

Alibaba (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 4326 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2664 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 82.22%.

Below are the key stats of Alibaba’s patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Alibaba?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Fish & Richardson113997.97%
Lee & Hayes87167.13%
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton53894.09%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner50484.73%
Van Pelt Yi & James45575.57%
Jefferson Ip Law17767.23%
Greenberg Traurig14665.69%
Murabito Hao & Barnes14263.22%
Park Vaughan Fleming & Dowler12486.14%
Alston & Bird8485.53%

Alibaba’s unique innovation was that it was creating an ecosystem: a community of creatures (various types of enterprises and consumers) interacting with each other and the environment (the online platform and the larger offline physical elements). Its strategic aim was to ensure that the platform provided all of the resources, or access to resources, that an online business would require to succeed, and so aided the ecosystem’s expansion.

At first, Alibaba’s ecosystem was simple: it connected buyers and sellers of goods. More company functions, including existing ones like advertising, marketing, logistics, and finance, as well as emergent ones like affiliate marketing, product recommenders, and social media influencers, went online as technology evolved. As Alibaba’s ecosystem grew to accommodate these innovations, it aided in the creation of new types of online enterprises, fundamentally transforming China’s retail sector in the process.

Alibaba is no longer merely an e-commerce corporation. It’s what you get when you combine all aspects of retailing and organize them online into a vast, data-driven network of sellers, marketers, service providers, transportation firms, and manufacturers. In other words, Alibaba does in the United States everything Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Google, FedEx, wholesalers, and a significant part of manufacturers do, with a generous helping of financial services thrown in for good measure.

What are Alibaba‘s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are covered by Alibaba Patents?

The chart below distributes patents filed by Alibaba in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Alibaba thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

R&D FocusHow Alibaba’s research focus changed over the years?

Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by Alibaba?

Updated on December 3, 2021

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