Walt Disney – An overview of Patent Portfolio

The Walt Disney Co. is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise. The company was founded by Walter Elias Disney on October 16, 1923, and is headquartered in Burbank, California.

Over the years Disney has acquired or collaborated with many companies. For example, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox, ESPN, Infoseek, Hulu. After its acquisition of 21st Century Fox in March 2019, Disney became the largest media powerhouse as per Forbes and Investopedia.

Below are 15 key statistics and insights on Disney’s patent portfolio. And if you like to get into a slightly more in-depth analysis on Disney patents (with fewer charts, and more text), go here: What’s inside Disney’s patent portfolio?

How many patents does Disney have?

Disney has a total of 6045 patents in its global patent portfolio. These patents belong to 3349 unique patent families. Out of 6045 patents, 4109 patents are active.

How many Disney patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Disney 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 Disney Patents Earlier Belonged to Other Companies?

The chart below breaks Disney’s patent portfolio on the basis of the first owner. 27% of the patent families in Disney’s patent portfolio are acquired and aren’t originally filed by Disney.

We could see that M&A activity has helped Disney expand and diversify its technological portfolio as well.

How Many Patents did Disney File in Different Countries?

What Technologies are Covered by Disney Patents?

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

Where are Research Centers of Disney Located?

R&D Focus: How Disney Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

10 Best Disney Patents

US5405152A is the most popular patent in the Disney portfolio. It has received 1037 citations so far from companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Immersion Corporation.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US5405152A1037
US5963915A1015
US6446261B1864
US6005597A804
US5905865A643
US5751956A617
US5931908A527
US5870546A476
US5696892A447
US6633294B1409

Which Companies are using Disney 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 Disney patent portfolio are Media Streaming & Broadcasting, User Profile and Data Processing, and Animation. Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung as the top forward citing assignees.

CompanyNumber of Patents
Microsoft181
Sony147
Samsung145
IBM142
Google100
Apple87
Intel83
Adobe56
AT&T53
LG45

How many patent applications were rejected due to Disney patents?

Examiners at the USPTO used 1291 Disney patents in 8684 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 Disney patents.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Disney Patents

Which Companies’ Patent Applications were Rejected the Most?

Top Disney Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US6005597A113
US7302272B2104
US8677428B297
US8386942B285
US9032297B280
US7787010B270
US8832293B266
US8581905B263
US8239359B263
US9186548B259
US7396281B257
US8966520B256
US20030210329A152
US8022941B250
US9066145B249

What is the Success Rate of Disney at the USPTO?

Disney (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 2605 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2116 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 91.44%.

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

Top Patent Law Firms that Filed Most Patents for Disney at the USPTO

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Disney Enterprises Inc190690.76%
Esplin & Associates17697.15%
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton10496.15%
Mccormick Paulding & Huber 2483.33%
Greenberg Traurig16100.00%
Perkins Coie988.89%
Farjami & Farjami 8100.00%
Craig S Summers785.71%
Docket Clerk6100.00%
Patterson & Sheridan6100.00%
Updated on June 3, 2021

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