Number of Alibaba patents by filing year and legal status worldwide 1998-2018

In 2017, Alibaba filed in total 2,537 patent families. The largest number of patents were filed in 2016 with 3,278 total filings. Since 2013, the company's filings have increased noticeably. The timeline is based on data provided by PatentSight.
Alibaba was originally founded in 1999 as a B2B e-commerce portal to connect Chinese manufacturers with overseas buyers.

Number of Alibaba patent families* worldwide by filing year from 1998 to 2018, by legal status

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Source

In cooperation with
LexisNexis PatentSight
Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

July 25, 2019

Supplementary notes

* A patent family is defined as a group of patent documents all of which have the same set of priorities. I.e., it is a group of patent documents that protect the same invention across authorities.

** The 'In force' category covers patent families that have been granted and are active.

*** As it usually takes 18 months after first filing for a patent to get published, the data for the year 2018 is subject to change.

The owner of a patent includes all patents owned by a company and its subsidiaries (by at least 50%) based on comprehensive research on corporate structures, M&A, Spin-offs, company names changes, patent transactions. PatentSight also tracks former names of companies and subsidiaries, ongoing mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of the past, reassignments, companies that have the same applicant, and transliterations by patent offices.

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