Amazon Patents – Key Insights and Statistics

Amazon is founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Marcelio Leal, Osman Nahid and doing business in e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Find Amazon’s patents information, top technological areas of Amazon, worldwide patent filing of Amazon, and patent filing trends over the years and find so many other stats over Amazon’s patent portfolio.

How many patents does Amazon have?

Amazon has a total of 24355 patents globally. These patents belong to 12104 unique patent families. Out of 24355 patents, 11313 patents are active.

How many Amazon patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Amazon 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.

You can also read our analysis on, Amazon’s 1109 pending US patent applications.

How Many Patents did Amazon File in Different Countries?

What Technologies are Covered by Amazon Patents?

Want to know about Amazon’s Big Foot Forward into Fully Autonomous Delivery – Amazon’s Zoox Acquisition.

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

Where are Research Centers of Amazon Located?

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

10 Best Amazon Patents

US6029141A is the most popular patent in the Amazon portfolio. It has received 2775 citations so far from companies like Google, eBay, and Snap Inc.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6029141A2775
US6269369B11527
US6266649B11518
US6006225A1269
US6064980A1123
US6564213B1999
US5715399A989
US6317722B1828
US6282548B1824
US6853982B2823

Which Companies are using Amazon 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 Apple patent portfolio are Web Services, eCommerce & Cloud Computing. IBM, Microsoft, and Google as the top forward citing assignees

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM1644
Microsoft1151
Google768
Samsung627
Apple359
ebay346
Intel320
Sony315
Walmart283
Paypal230
Sap Se205
At&t188
Cisco Technology Inc183
Qualcomm168
Hewlett Packard139

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO used 7741 Amazon patents in 51515 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 Amazon patents.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Amazon Patents

Top Amazon Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8033686B2114
US6029141A85
US8491159B283
US8788977B278
US8643680B264
US6564213B163
US9573684B262
US6266649B160
US8829799B258
US5960411C158
US7716180B257
US6853982B256
US7720723B254
US20110238476A151
US6963867B251
US8994276B250
US9262063B249
US8073460B144
US20130347018A142
US8627438B141
US20130009907A141
US8682802B139
US7984043B139
US20050222987A138
US7801912B238

What Percentage of Amazon US Patent Applications were Granted?

Amazon (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 14292 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 13270 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 97.48%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Amazon?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationAllowance Rate
Lee & Hayes Pc208699.66%
Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin & Goetzel154099.17%
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Llp144196.72%
Davis Wright Tremaine Llp135099.41%
Client 170101 Co119895.77%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp106496.78%
Pierce Atwood Llp63698.16%
Amazon61296.15%
Athorus Pllc60996.45%
Lindauer Law Pllc40699.00%
Updated on August 26, 2021

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