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Amazon’s Patents: Measuring the Tech Giant’s Intellectual Property

Executive Summary

In this report, we explore Amazon’s patent initiatives and history and examine some of the company’s latest inventions.

  • As of January 23, 2018, Amazon owned 7,096 US patents filed under two business entities, Amazon Technologies, Inc., and, Inc.
  • The company holds more patents than most other US retailers and more patents than its closest global competitor, Alibaba.
  • Amazon holds more US patents related to emerging technologies—such as machine learning, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics—than tech firms Apple and Facebook do.
  • Amazon spent $16.1 billion on various R&D initiatives in 2017, making it one of the top-ranked companies in terms of R&D investment last year.

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