Apple Patents – Key Insights and Statistics

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.

How many patents does Apple have?

Apple has a total of 72054 patents globally. These patents belong to 24279 unique patent families. Out of 72054 patents, 55757 patents are active.

How many Apple patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

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.

How Many Patents did Apple File in Different Countries?

What Technologies are Covered by Apple Patents?

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.

Where are Research Centers of Apple Located?

R&D FocusHow Apple Research Focus Changed Over the 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.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Apple Patents

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 30952 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 24379 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 86.74%.

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 & Goetzel502793.54%
Womble Bond Dickinson Us Llp228688.42%
Treyz Law Group176987.65%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp140385.01%
Dickinson Wright Rllp139186.56%
Blank Rome118183.29%
Fish & Richardson115487.06%
Life Technologies Corporation91160.53%
Brownstein90087.33%
Dentons Us Llp76891.90%
Updated on August 13, 2021

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