15 Key Insights on Airbnb Patents

The story of Airbnb has inspired so many startups in Silicon Valley and across the globe. Started in San Fransico in 2008, Airbnb becomes the biggest privately held company in the short-term house rental market where people list their properties for rent on its marketplace.

The company has operations in over 220 countries and has more than 7 million properties listed on its marketplace. Below are the 15 key statistics and insights into Airbnb Patents:

How many patents does Airbnb have?

Airbnb has a total of 191 patents globally. These patents belong to 55 unique patent families. Out of 191 patents, 161 patents are active.

How many Airbnb patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Airbnb File Every Year?

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

How Many Patents did Airbnb File in Different Countries?

What Technologies are Covered by Airbnb Patents?

The chart below distributes patents filed by Airbnb in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Airbnb thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

Where are Research Centers of Airbnb Located?

R&D FocusHow Airbnb Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

10 Best Airbnb Patents

USD820307S1 is the most popular patent in the Airbnb portfolio. It has received 200 citations so far from companies like Ethicon Inc, Google, and Samsung.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Airbnb:

Publication NumberCitation Count
USD820307S1200
USD842328S1168
US9070088B127
USD816687S126
USD832886S124
USD788789S116
USD831675S114
USD831052S113
USD849016S19
US20160078358A15

Which Companies are using Airbnb Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top-cited technologies in the Airbnb patent portfolio are Reservation System, Customer Support & Identity Verification. IBM, Samsung, and Morgan Stanley as the top forward citing assignees

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM6
Microsoft3
eBay3
Samsung2
Kaist2
Mastercard2
Facebook2
AT&T1
Kt Corporation1
Comenity Llc1

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Airbnb patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to Airbnb. They couldn’t because Airbnb had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO used 16 Airbnb patents in 93 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types). Below is the distribution of the number of blocked patent applications vs the technology cluster of Airbnb patents.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Airbnb Patents

Top Airbnb Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US10467553B29
US10311747B26
US10303725B26
US20130325723A15
US9070088B14
US10354206B24
US9288217B23
US9674205B22
US10430730B22
US20160078358A12
US10298658B21
US10607160B21
US9774591B21
US20190188644A11
US10664855B21
US20180018683A11

What Percentage of Airbnb US Patent Applications were Granted?

Airbnb (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 68 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 44 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 89.8%.

Below are the key stats of Airbnb patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Airbnb?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner4293.55%
Airbnb Fenwick2086.67%
Maynard Cooper & Gale666.67%
Updated on July 20, 2021

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