Walmart Patents – Insights and Stats (Updated 2022)

Walmart has a total of 7115 patents globally, out of which 2193 have been granted. Of these 7115 patents, more than 64% patents are active. USA is where Walmart has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Canada and United Kingdom and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Walmart is USA. The USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Walmart.

Walmart was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton and is doing business in Retail. The Company offers a range of Retail, Technology, Transportation, Logistics, Merchandising, Marketing, Operations, Health & Wellness, eCommerce, and Management.

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

How many patents does Walmart have?

Walmart has a total of 7115 patents globally. These patents belong to 3047 unique patent families. Out of 7115 patents, 4598 patents are active.

How many Walmart patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Walmart Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Walmart File Every Year?

Walmart 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 GrantWalmart Applications FiledWalmart Patents Granted
202287249
2021249328
2020344431
20191222488
20181393248
20171732114
201679382
201523581
201427354
201325133
201222029
20115714

You can also read our analysis on, Walmart’s 953 pending US patent applications.

How Many Patents did Walmart File in Different Countries?

Walmart Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Walmart Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America3786
Canada721
United Kingdom583
Mexico455
India148
China96
Japan60
Brazil37
Europe26
Russia14
South Africa3
Korea (South)2
France2
Australia1
Netherlands1
Argentina1
Poland1

Where are Research Centers of Walmart Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Walmart

What Technologies are Covered by Walmart Patents?

Walmart Patent Technology Area

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

Walmart Technology protected in different countries

R&D Focus: How Walmart Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Walmart Technology through the years

10 Best Walmart Patents

US8595234B2 is the most popular patent in the Walmart portfolio. It has received 167 citations so far from companies like Palantir, IBM and Microsoft.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US8595234B2167
US20120059708A1145
US20120059713A1134
US6731927B1104
US20160255969A193
US7340048B292
US20170148324A190
US8122016B186
US20060177065A179
US20150102903A176

Which Companies are using Walmart Patents to Advance their Research?

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

Examiners at the USPTO used 1043 Walmart patents in 4579 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Walmart patent portfolio are IBM, Toshiba and Microsoft.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Walmart –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Walmart PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
IBM189440
Toshiba97175
Microsoft68131
Amazon4975
Mastercard3881
Toyota3684
Google3573
Paypal3367
Ebay2864
Samsung2745

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Walmart Patents

Blocked Patent Applications by Walmart

Top Walmart Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8595234B238
US10121133B223
US20120059713A119
US8315849B114
US9761139B213
US8626491B213
US20060177065A113
US20110087647A113
US8122360B212
US9015069B212
US20140136255A112
US20180167394A111
US10083467B211
US10435241B211
US8122016B110

What Percentage of Walmart US Patent Applications were Granted?

Walmart (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 3158 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 1640 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 61.31%.

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

Walmart Granted US Patent Applications

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Walmart?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery Llp152956.98%
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Llp79969.93%
Duane Morris Llp26081.56%
Schmeiser Olsen & Watts Llp21644.91%
Barta Jones & Foley Pc20463.69%
Patterson Thuente Pedersen Pa10052.27%
Vierra Magen Marcus Llp3096.00%
Venable Llp771.43%
Baker Botts Llp250.00%
Bakerhostetler20.00%

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