Caterpillar Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Caterpillar has a total of 26331 patents globally, out of which 14251 have been granted. Of these 26331 patents, more than 60% patents are active. United States of America is where Caterpillar has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and Germany. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Caterpillar.

Caterpillar was founded in 1925 by C. L. Best. Caterpillar designs, manufactures, and markets construction, mining, and forestry machinery. The Company also manufactures engines and other related parts for its equipment, and offers financing and insurance. Caterpillar distributes its products through a worldwide organization of dealers. As of March 2022 Caterpillar has a market cap of $119.34 Billion.

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

How many patents does the CEO of Caterpillar have?

The CEO, Jim Umpleby has 0 patents.

How many patents does Caterpillar have?

Caterpillar has a total of 26331 patents globally. These patents belong to 11779 unique patent families. Out of 26331 patents, 15931 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Caterpillar File Every Year?

Caterpillar Patents 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 GrantCaterpillar Applications FiledCaterpillar Patents Granted
20111918873
20122690995
201322101035
201425571158
201529831615
201625431683
201715691561
201812961179
201919621387
202017011216
20218071303
20222246

How many Caterpillar patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Caterpillar Patents Portfolio

Patent Families

Caterpillar Patents

How Many Patents did Caterpillar File in Different Countries?

Caterpillar Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Caterpillar Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America8877
China4185
Germany2321
Australia1490
Europe1646
Japan1167
United Kingdom905
Canada617
India445
Russia403
Brazil275
Korea (South)217
South Africa204
Chile193
Mexico172
Indonesia147
Spain104
Poland100
Peru46
Austria46
Turkey33
Ukraine29
Taiwan19
Denmark16
Czech Republic14
Belarus13
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)13
Singapore11
Eurasia7
Italy7
France6
Sweden5
Finland5
Argentina4
Malaysia4
Bolivia4
Mongolia4
Kazakhstan3
Hungary3
Saudi Arabia3
Israel2
Norway2
Colombia1
Portugal1
Netherlands1
New Zealand1
Africa1
Vietnam1

Where are Research Centers of Caterpillar Patents Located?

Research Centers of Caterpillar Patents

10 Best Caterpillar Patents

US8272516B2 is the most popular patent in the Caterpillar portfolio. It has received 230 citations so far from companies like Asm Ip Holding Bv and Em Ing Co Ltd.

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

Publication NumberCount of Cited by Patents
US8272516B2230
US8473143B2198
US8480533B2150
USD847199S1137
USD707705S1105
USD707264S198
USD706307S196
USD728635S191
USD706840S190
USD727367S189

Which Companies are using Caterpillar 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 citing companies in the Qualcomm patent portfolio are Komastu, General Electric and Ford.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

AssigneeCount
Komatsu223
General Electric191
Ford167
John Deere167
Gm Global Technology Operations126
Robert Bosch79
Toyota65
GE Global Sourcing63
Siemens51
Cummins51

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Caterpillar Patents

Top Caterpillar Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8157155B215
US8818078B213
US8151558B213
US8099218B213
US8351684B212
US8128865B212
US8987939B211
US8359832B211
US8191668B211
US8019514B211

What Percentage of Caterpillar US Patent Applications were Granted?

Caterpillar (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 9965 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 6643 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 70.54%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Caterpillar?         

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Caterpillar744666.78%
Finnegan Henderson92446.94%
Von Briesen & Roper3402.68%
Leydig Voit & Mayer1970.00%
Brannon Sowers & Cracraft13188.66%
Oblon Mcclelland9664.04%
Michael B Mcneil3073.33%
Husch Blackwell2892.86%
Kevin M Kercher2788.89%
J W Burrows2592.00%

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What are Caterpillar‘s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Caterpillar?

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

R&D Focus: How Caterpillar search focus changed over the years?

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Updated on April 3, 2022

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