eBay Patents – Key Insights and Stats

eBay has a total of 6111 patents globally, out of which 2948 have been granted. Of these 6111 patents, more than 57% patents are active. USA is where eBay has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by South Korea and China, it has generated an annual revenue of $10.271 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of eBay.

eBay was founded in the year 1995 by Pierre Omidyar. eBay is a San Jose, California-based international e-commerce company that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. As of March 2022, eBay has a market cap of $32.74 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of eBay have?

The founder, Pierre Omidyar, has 30 patents. The CEO, Jamie Iannone, has 0 patents.

How many patents does eBay have?

eBay has a total of 6111 patents globally. These patents belong to 2037 unique patent families. Out of 6111 patents, 3504 patents are active.

How many eBay patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Ebay Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Ebay patent portfolio

How Many Patents did eBay File Every Year?

Ebay 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 GranteBay Applications FiledeBay Patents Granted
2011233103
2012498108
2013468124
2014748161
2015646166
2016408277
2017476308
2018385308
2019450357
2020275333
2021191377
202263

How Many Patents did eBay File in Different Countries?

Ebay Worldwide Filing in Top 10 Countries

Countries in which eBay Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America3506
Korea (South)477
China386
Europe305
Australia235
Canada121
Japan53
Germany45
India37
Taiwan14
Singapore11
Brazil11
Russia10
Mexico6
Malaysia5
United Kingdom5
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)3
Austria2
South Africa2
Spain1
Netherlands1
Denmark1

 Where are Research Centres of eBay Patents Located?

Ebay R&D Centres

10 Best eBay Patents

US6356879B2 is the most popular patent in the Ebay portfolio. It has received 357 citations so far from companies like Fujitsu, Xerox Corporation, and IBM.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6356879B2357
US7128274B2300
US6466917B1283
US6529136B2265
US6415320B1263
US6523037B1245
US6748422B2232
US20040093302A1228
US6732161B1222
US6363365B1222

Which Companies are using eBay 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 eBay patent portfolio are IBM, Microsoft, and Google.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM276
Microsoft195
Google164
Amazon100
Walmart Apollo93
Facebook78
Samsung75
JP Morgan Chase Bank56
Sony46
Bank Of America46

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on eBay Patents

Top eBay Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8494978B228
US8666909B225
US9898742B223
US7814112B220
US7805339B220
US8533208B219
US7752190B217
US6529136B217
US10936650B217
US8887163B216
US7181426B216
US7606821B216
US8943181B215
US8954422B215
US7958066B215

What Percentage of eBay US Patent Applications were Granted?

eBay (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 5837 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 3645 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 70.69%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for eBay?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
eBay Inc.602268.47%
Paypal, Inc.236666.17%
International Business Machines Corporation30892.11%
Sundaresan, Neelakantan21876.62%
Stubhub, Inc.12372.34%
Piramuthu, Robinson9886.11%
Zamer, Kamal9352.44%
Melcher, Ryan8376.62%
Jpmorgan Chase Bank, N.A.7892.59%
Yankovich, Steve7674.63%

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What are eBay’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by eBay?

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

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

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Updated on March 8, 2022

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