Walmart Patents – Key Insights and Stats

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, e-commerce, and Management.

Walmart has a total of 6515 patents globally, out of which 1875 Walmart patents have been granted. Of these 6515 patents, more than 61.39% of patents are active. These patents belong to 2861 unique patent families. USA is where Walmart has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Walmart in the USA, it has generated annual revenue of $559.2 billion in the third quarter of the year 2021. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Walmart.

How many Walmart patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Walmart Patents Active vs Inactive

Patent Families

Active & Inactive Patents

How Many Patents did Walmart File Every Year?

Walmart Patents 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.

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

Year of Patents Filing or GrantWalmart Applications FiledWalmart Patents Granted
20115714
201221929
201325133
201427154
201523081
201678382
20171663114
20181347248
20191126488
2020239431
202170259

How Many Patents did Walmart File in Different Countries?

Walmart Patents in different countries

Countries in which Walmart Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America3308
Canada694
United Kingdom511
Mexico452
India147
China93
Japan59
Brazil37
Europe25
Russian Federation14
South Africa3
France2
Argentina1
Australia1
Netherlands1
Poland1
Korea (South)1

Where are Research Centers of Walmart Patents Located?

Walmart Patents as per R&D

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?

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 of the Walmart patent portfolio are IBM, Toshiba and Microsoft.

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM392
Toshiba152
Microsoft126
JPMorgan Chase Bank113
Mastercard76
Google72
Amazon66
eBay58
Paypal57
Facebook53

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Walmart Patents

Abandoned and non-abandoned Walmart Patent Portfolio

Top Walmart Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8595234B237
US10121133B224
US20120059713A119
US20060177065A115
US9761139B214
US8315849B114
US8626491B213
US20110087647A113
US8122360B212
US9015069B212
US20140136255A111
US8432258B210
US8175966B210
US8122016B110
US8332269B210
US10435241B210
US10083467B210
US9940660B29
US8091780B29
US9824384B29

What Percentage of Walmart US Patent Applications were Granted?

Walmart (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 2978 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 1437 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 61.62%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Walmart?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery139958.90%
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner73769.04%
Schmeiser Olsen & Watts23050.22%
Duane Morris19873.42%
Barta Jones & Foley17065.91%
Patterson Thuente Pedersen10855.06%
Vierra Magen Marcus3093.75%
Venable862.50%
Baker Botts475.00%
BakerHostetler20.00%

Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO, said: “We will also develop new capabilities to serve customers in new ways. It is important that we all understand the shift that has happened in technology and retail, what it means for us and what we’re doing to win. There’s a lot of innovation and opportunity available to us.”

Walmart is innovating, the firm attempts to strengthen its position as America’s largest supermarket, it has a technical weapon that will allow it to pick, pack, and deliver shoppers’ online grocery shopping faster. Grocery sales account for 56% of Walmart’s total U.S. revenue.

Walmart has been pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a tech-centric firm rather than a typical store. Its focus and strategy have moved to become a high-tech pioneer.

What are Walmart‘s key innovation segments? What can you expect next?

What Technologies are Covered by Walmart Patents?

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.

R&D FocusHow Walmart Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

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

Updated on February 8, 2022

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