Alibaba Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Alibaba has a total of 68384 patents globally, out of which 8175 have been granted. Of these 68384 patents, more than 75% patents are active. China is where Alibaba has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Hong Kong (S.A.R.) and United States of America. Parallelly, China seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of Alibaba.

Alibaba was founded in the year 1999. Alibaba functions as an e-commerce enterprise, engaging in the distribution and retail of a wide range of products such as consumer electronics, machinery, apparel, food, chemicals, bags, and sports items. Additionally, the company offers services in online shopping search engine development and cloud computing and many more.

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 patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Alibaba patent portfolio.

How many patents does Alibaba have?

Alibaba has a total of 68384 patents globally. These patents belong to 39171 unique patent families. Out of 68384 patents, 51719 patents are active.

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
20231629244
20224740854
202133611517
202064201703
2019112111140
201811411614
20178143651
20167232905
20155603391
2014256926
2013164415
2012135113

How many Alibaba patents are Alive/Dead?

How Many Patents did Alibaba File in Different Countries?

Alibaba Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Alibaba Filed Patents

CountryPatents
China36491
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)7411
United States Of America5028
Taiwan3177
Europe1943
Japan1647
Singapore1464
India916
Korea (South)855
Malaysia452
Philippines428
Thailand344
Australia335
Viet Nam238
Germany213
Canada210
Indonesia208
Spain179
Poland167
Brazil134
Norway133
Russia124
Mexico114
South Africa108
Pakistan38
United Kingdom18
Macao12
Austria8
Africa5
Turkey2
Israel1
Colombia1
New Zealand1

Where are Research Centres of Alibaba Patents Located?

R&D Centers of Alibaba

What Technologies are covered by Alibaba Patents?

Renowned as a Chinese multinational conglomerate, Alibaba has a robust and innovative patent portfolio reflecting its commitment to advancing the landscape of e-commerce globally. Alibaba’s patents span a wide spectrum of domains, including Data processing, Payments, Communication, Logistics and Artificial Intelligence.

Alibaba has quite a few patents in the domains of Robotics, Drone, Electric utility, Augmented Reality, Cloud computing and Navigation.

They have filed the maximum patents related to Data processing which include patents related to digital data information retrieval, special data processing and input/output processes for data processing, among many.

This is followed by patents filed under Artificial Intelligence which include patents related to deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning, along with the others.

Storage system include patents related to storage medium, amongst many.

The Alibaba’s patent portfolio includes several intriguing patents that describe interesting methods and technologies. Here are descriptions of a few of them:

CN111661062A, describes a self-driving vehicle technology which helps cars sense the road using sensors, plan the route on its own, and drive to a set destination automatically.

CN115359796A, describes a method which simplifies sign language for digital broadcasting by translating regular text into simplified sign language, enabling a digital person to express actions more effectively. By reducing action names, it improves user experience, especially benefiting the clarity of sign language for the hearing-impaired.

CN115392227A, describes an invention regarding generation of personalized emotion curves for virtual objects from target text information. It analyzes text segments, extracts emotional and intentional features, and combines them with preset personality parameters to create nuanced and individualized emotional displays.

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 Focus: How Alibaba’s Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

10 Best Alibaba Patents

US20040003323A1 is the most popular patent in the Alibaba portfolio. It has received 285 citations so far from companies like Fireeye, Huawei Technologies and Intel Corporation.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20040003323A1285
US20130102283A1284
US20100138347A1225
US20120131438A1222
CN107294709A204
USD762655S1198
CN105469263A173
US7913303B1165
US20070240206A1147
US20040003324A1137

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Alibaba patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to Alibaba invention. They couldn’t because Alibaba had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO referred 1153 Alibaba patents in 3810 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

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

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Alibaba –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Alibaba PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
IBM144287
Microsoft Technology74137
Samsung Electronics72163
Tencent Technology63122
Google4999
Huawei Technologies3069
Amazon3048
Ebay2962
Meta Platforms2865
Emc Ip Holding Company2856

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Alibaba Patents

 Top Alibaba Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20130102283A127
US20130262479A115
US20130030950A111
US20130046772A111
US20120100869A111
US20140297476A110
US20100299553A19
US20130054569A19
US20110191211A19
US20120304292A19
US20120331519A19
US20070240206A19
US20130102268A18
US20120100867A18
US20140310366A18

What Percentage of Alibaba US Patent Applications were Granted?

Alibaba (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 4600 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 3330 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 80.20%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Alibaba?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Fish & Richardson P C125088.87%
Lee & Hayes P C93365.73%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner62879.65%
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton57890.58%
Van Pelt Yi & James47274.17%
Murabito Hao & Barnes16470.23%
Greenberg Traurig16067.42%
Alston & Bird Llp8484.34%
Patent Law Works Llp60100.00%

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