The global foodservice industry experienced a 19% decline in the number of digitalization-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of digitalization-related grants dropped by 42% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Foodservice: Patents Trends Q1 2024 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 57 in Q1 2024, versus 70 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 26% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that DoorDash filed the most digitalization patents within the foodservice industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 5 digitalization-related patents in the quarter, compared with 1 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Starbucks with 3 digitalization patent filings, Panasonic (3 filings), and Alphabet (3 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 74% share of total patent filings

The largest share of digitalization related patent filings in the foodservice industry in Q1 2024 was in the US with 74%, followed by Australia (4%) and Brazil (2%). The share represented by the US was 14% higher than the 60% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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This content was updated on 18 April 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.