Apple Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Apple is founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and operates as a consumer electronics company. Find Apple patents information, top technological areas of Apple, worldwide patent filing of Apple and patent filing trend over the years and find so many other stats over the Apple patents portfolio.  Do read about some interesting highlights of the Apple Smart Ring, Apple Foldable Phone and Apple Facial Recognition portfolio:

Apple’s Innovations across Technologies in Last 5 Years

TechnologyNo. Of Patents
Connectivity And Networking Techniques1764
Device Hardware1346
Image Capturing And Processing643
Battery And Power Management413
AR/VR372
UI/UX341
Audio Technology234
Security And Privacy207
AI Assistant102
Personal Health Monitoring101
Software Design And OS100

How many patents does Apple have?

Apple has a total of 95500 patents globally. These patents belong to 34137 unique patent families. Out of 95500 patents, 78104 patents are active.

How many Apple patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Apple Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Apple 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.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantApple Applications FiledApple Patents Granted
20232181237
202241225744
202161574961
202094944717
201972204451
201868933917
201756984370
201665474653
201566874324
201458733791
201363402907
201265411954
201145951226

How Many Patents did Apple File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Apple Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America45439
China10930
Europe6435
Korea (South)5289
Japan4277
Australia4077
Taiwan2204
Germany1946
India1549
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)1542
Canada1138
United Kingdom1115
Brazil618
Denmark440
Mexico326
Russia152
Singapore148
Netherlands110
Spain80
Austria79
Chile61
Viet Nam60
New Zealand37
South Africa35
France31
Uruguay30
Israel30
Argentina24
Norway22
Finland22
Indonesia20
Philippines19
Sweden18
Colombia17
Poland17
Turkey16
Malaysia14
United Arab Emirates12
Switzerland7
Saudi Arabia6
Portugal5
Ecuador5
Guatemala4
Italy3
Thailand2
Bosnia and Herzegovina1
Montenegro1
Belgium1

Top Patents Contributing subsidiaries of Apple?

What Technologies are Covered by Apple Patents?

Patent Technology Area

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

Technology Protected in different countries

Where are Research Centers of Apple Located?

Apple R&D Centers by Patents

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

Apple R&D Focus by Years

10 Best Apple Patents

US6323846B1 is the most popular patent in the Apple portfolio. It has received 4018 citations so far from companies like HTC, Microsoft, Huawei, and Motorola.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6323846B14018
US20060197753A13072
US6570557B12025
US6677932B11813
US8479122B21411
US7657849B21233
US7046230B21196
US7653883B21027
US20060033724A11019
US6579231B1929

Which Companies are using Apple 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 Software & Services, Telecom & User Interface. Samsung, Microsoft, and Qualcomm as the top forward citing assignees.

CompanyNumber of Patents
Samsung5016
Microsoft2573
Qualcomm2034
Google1824
Sony1556
LG1492
IBM1483
Intel1309
Blackberry872
Nokia819
Huawei770
Canon574
Amazon469
BOE450
Facebook422

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO used 16073 Apple patents in 147239 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 Apple patents.

Technology Vs Blocking Patents

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Apple Patents

Patent Applications Blocked by Apple

Top Apple Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7663607C1233
US8564544B2212
US7479949C2204
US9318108B2151
US7657849B2143
US7956847B2131
US8479122B2129
US8957835B2127
US8239784B2126
US9292111B2125
US7656393B2125
US7800592B2119
US20060197753A1109
US7877707B2106
US7653883B2105
US7812827B285
US8243027B281
US8654083B279
US8686952B276

What Percentage of Apple US Patent Applications were Granted?

Apple (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 31052 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 25267 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 89.0%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Apple?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Kowert Hood Munyon Rankin & Goetzel554293.38%
Womble Bond Dickinson Us Llp227289.78%
Treyz Law Group200988.14%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp164785.51%
Dickinson Wright Rllp143186.83%
Blank Rome126883.59%
Fish & Richardson126887.20%
Brownstein104487.77%
Dentons Us Llp95592.35%

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Our comprehensive report provides an in-depth look into the patent portfolio. The report includes a breakdown of the patent portfolio across various technologies, listing the patent along with brief summaries of each patent's technology.