British American Tobacco Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

British American Tobacco has a total of 10649 patents globally, out of which 5694 have been granted. Of these 10649 patents, more than 60% patents are active. United States of America is where British American Tobacco has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Japan. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also United Kingdom is the origin country of British American Tobacco.

British American Tobacco was founded in the year 1902. The Company operates as a holding company for a group of companies that manufactures, markets and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products including cigars and roll-your-own tobacco.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of British American Tobacco which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find British American Tobacco patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over British American Tobacco patent portfolio.

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of British American Tobacco have?

The founder James Buchanan Duke has 0 patent and CEO Tadeu Luiz Marroco has 0 patent.

How many patents does British American Tobacco have?

British American Tobacco has a total of 10649 patents globally. These patents belong to 2142 unique patent families. Out of 10649 patents, 1159 patents are active.

How Many Patents did British American Tobacco File Every Year?

British American Tobacco Patent Filing Trend

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 GrantBritish American Tobacco Applications FiledBritish American Tobacco Patents Granted
202432
2023161520
2022192442
2021460502
2020566492
2019780478
2018766426
20171001299
2016877265
2015800295
2014603261

How many British American Tobacco patents are Alive/Dead?

British American Tobacco Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did British American Tobacco File in Different Countries?

British American Tobacco Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which British American Tobacco Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States of America1602
Europe918
Japan737
China580
Germany498
Austria415
Korea (South)399
Brazil363
United Kingdom362
Canada353
Russian Federation342
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)332
Spain268
Malaysia245
Poland233
Australia232
Indonesia212
South Africa194
Mexico166
Chile145
Philippines139
India135
Ukraine123
Argentina117
Italy75
Hungary71
Denmark64
Israel61
Norway50
Taiwan49
New Zealand47
Singapore43
Turkey24
Viet Nam24
Saudi Arabia14
Czech Republic13
Slovakia12
Portugal12
Pakistan11
Colombia10
Honduras10
Sweden9
Uzbekistan8
Bangladesh8
Romania7
Costa Rica6
Lithuania6
Slovenia4
Morocco3
Croatia3
Finland3
Serbia3
Switzerland3
Egypt3
African Intellectual Property Organization3
Dominican Republic3
France2
Cyprus2
Kazakhstan2
Eurasian Patent Organization2
Macao2
Gulf Cooperation Council2
African Regional Industrial Property Organization2
Netherlands1
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1
Uruguay1
Guatemala1
Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro1
Jordan1
Iceland1
El Salvador1
Montenegro1
Thailand1
Panama1
Estonia1
Peru1
Nicaragua1
Kenya1

Where are Research Centres of British American Tobacco Patents Located?

R&D Centers of British American Tobacco

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10 Best British American Tobacco Patents

US20130255702A1 is the most popular patent in the British American Tobacco portfolio. It has received 1736 citations so far from companies like Altria Client Service, Ploom, Inc. and R. J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of British American Tobacco:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20130255702A11736
US7726320B21665
US20140261487A1821
US20070062549A1805
US8881737B2751
US20080029116A1696
US8079371B2695
US20150216232A1692
US20080173317A1677
US7025066B2666

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to British American Tobacco patents?

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 447 British American Tobacco patents in 3108 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the British American Tobacco patent portfolio are Philip Morris, Altria Client Services and Japan Tobacco.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing British American Tobacco –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing British American Tobacco PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Philip Morris237708
Altria Client Services184533
Japan Tobacco60145
Huizhou Kimree Technology3160
Jli National Settlement Trust2979
Jt International2558
Ayr Ltd2235
Kimree Hi-Tech2251
Shenzhen Smoore Technology1726
Swedish Match1758

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on British American Tobacco Patents

Top British American Tobacco Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7726320B268
US10004259B247
US20130255702A146
US8881737B243
US9078473B227
US9854841B226
US9423152B224
US6929013B220
US20140261486A118
US10117460B218
US7810507B218
US7861728B217
US8910640B217
US9491974B216
US8079371B216

What Percentage of British American Tobacco US Patent Applications were Granted?

British American Tobacco (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 50 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 41 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 83.67%.

Below are the key stats of British American Tobacco patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for British American Tobacco?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Joseph T Eisele1358.33%
Kane Dalsimer Kane Sullivan & Kurucz1090.00%
Charles G Lamb5100.00%
John F Salazar2100.00%
C G Lamb1100.00%
Charles I Sherman1100.00%
Charles R Hoffmann Esq1100.00%
Daniel H Kane Esq1100.00%
David P Robinson1100.00%
Day Pitney Llp1100.00%

To completely contribute to tobacco harm reduction, reduced-risk products (RRPs) must have their reduced-risk status, when compared to smoking, adequately shown by rigorous science. BAT has made enormous expenditures in research and development in order to deliver innovations that fulfil or anticipate consumer preferences and drive business growth across all categories. The RRPs are the main focus of its investment, but it is also conducting R&D into its traditional cigarette improvements.

The latest clinical trial for BAT’s tobacco heating product, glo, is the first to prove that switching to glo exclusively instead of continuing to smoke is comparable to quitting smoking. To make tobacco harm reduction a reality, scientific substantiation is required for its New Category goods. With their world-class science, they are proudly leading the way.

BAT has also established a set of scientific tests to evaluate the RRPs’ reduced-risk potential in comparison to cigarettes. This entails examining everything from how consumers use a product and the composition of the vapour it creates, to the vapour’s biological impact on cells in laboratory studies, and, finally, the potential impact of the product’s availability on consumer health.

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What are BAT’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by British American Tobacco?

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

R&D Focus: How British American Tobacco search focus changed over the years?

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