The Times Of India is reporting that Alibaba’s intellectual property (IP) is worth more than Microsoft, Oracle and Google.
The report says that the two companies collectively have over 5,000 patent applications, while Microsoft has more than 1,400.
Alibaba has a large portfolio of patents and IP related to digital marketing and online commerce, including digital branding, advertising, search and data analytics.
In a statement, Microsoft said that it does not comment on speculation and did not confirm or deny the report.
Google said it has no information about any patent infringements or IP related applications.
Microsoft and Oracle are the three largest patent holders in the world with around 100,000 patents and a total of 1.5 billion IP-related applications, according to the Patent Office.
Oracle’s portfolio of IP patents is worth $7.3 billion, with around 3.5 million patents and 1.6 billion IP related application, according the report by The Times.
A spokesperson for Microsoft said the company does not confirm nor deny the reports.
“We take IP claims seriously and we are committed to improving our processes for assessing and investigating IP claims, and we work with our partners and partners of other industries to improve the efficiency of their investigations,” said Microsoft’s spokesperson.
Earlier this month, Apple filed a lawsuit against Microsoft alleging that it has illegally copied the designs and concepts for some of the company’s products.
Apple has accused Microsoft of patent infringement.
It also filed a separate lawsuit against the German tech giant of patent infringing designs.