The global foodservice industry experienced a 20% decline in the number of digitalization-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of digitalization-related grants dropped by 8% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Foodservice: Patents Trends Q4 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of digitalization-related patent applications in the foodservice industry was 61 in Q4 2023, versus 76 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 18% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Cfph filed the most digitalization patents within the foodservice industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 3 digitalization-related patents in the quarter. It was followed by Snap with 2 digitalization patent filings, Groupon (2 filings), and AplusA (2 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 69% share of total patent filings

The largest share of digitalization related patent filings in the foodservice industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 69%, followed by Australia (3%) and Brazil (2%). The share represented by the US was 14% higher than the 55% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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This content was updated on 23 January 2024

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.