Elon Musk Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Elon Musk’s portfolio has 18 patents that belong to 9 unique patent families. His patents belong to vehicle design, autonomous vehicles, location-based search, etc.

Engineer of SpaceX, as well as an early phase investor, CEO, and Product Architect for Tesla, the founder of The Boring Company, and a co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. He was named CEO of PayPal. He has also bought Twitter for approximately $44 billion. As of May 2022, Elon Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $265.4 billion.

How Many Patents did Elon Musk File Every Year?

Elon Musk Patent Filing Trend

Worldwide Patents

Elon Musk Patents

Patent Families

Elon Musk Patent Families

How Many Patents did Elon Musk File in Different Countries?

Elon Musk Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Elon Musk Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America10
Australia2
Canada2
Europe1
Korea (South)1

What Technologies are covered by Elon Musk’s Patents?

Elon Musk Patent Technology Area

We know that you have waited for a long time to have a look into the analysis of your favourite innovator/inventor – Elon Musk. Let’s dig in!

We have covered about his ventures in details, If you are curious to know more you can read Tesla and SpaceX blog.

Design patents filed by Musk are particularly related to the artistic design of a car and its charging port which we can realize in the cars manufactured by Tesla, Inc.

Patents related to Autonomous Vehicle are related to the driverless controls of a vehicle – summoning a vehicle to a particular location.

Location-specific Search patents describe the design of a system that looked for results in the geographic area nearest to you first, then automatically expanded that area until there were enough results, as a solution, the user did not need to refine their search. Finding a business, café, restaurant, and other entity and is close to you can be realized as the application of this technology.

Patents related to Data Exchange relates generally to the receiving and sending of a copy of a document over a client-server network.

Telephone Network patent basically tells us about “web-based phone calls”, the concept was a little simpler not as complex as we use nowadays as in Skype or Zoom. According to the idea, users might click on a company’s contact information online, and calls would be directed to the company via a call center.

It is interesting to note that, among these patents, there were 4 patents that were filed by Elon Musk in the year 2020. On a closer look, we can see that among these 4 patents, all of them belong to 1 unique family of patent WO2020167613A1 and the coverage of this patent has been in Australia, Canada, and South Korea.

Have you ever wondered about a car coming to pick you up at your location with just one click and at your command from the parking location itself?

We all know that human drivers are frequently required to operate automobiles, and the duties they undertake are frequently difficult and taxing. Although certain vehicles can be controlled remotely, the vehicle’s route is usually limited to a single straight line course in either forward or reverse direction, with restricted steering range and no sophistication in manoeuvring the vehicle along its own path. WO2020167613A1 is here to solve all these problems and is related to driverless controls of an autonomous vehicle which allows summoning a vehicle to a particular location with flexible routing. You can also realize the clear application of this in Tesla’s cars which are capable of parking themselves, summoning and navigating to their owner, and participating in limited self-driving.

10 Best Elon Musk Patents

US5944769A is the most popular patent in Elon Musk’s portfolio. It has received 202 citations so far from companies like Google, Intel Corporation, and Sony Corporation.

Among the Top 5 most cited patents, 4 patents are expired and only 1 patent is active.

Publication NumberCitation Count
US5944769A202
US6148260A191
US6185194B1158
US6108650A109
USD683268S113
US20020018236A113
USD678154S19
USD724031S13
US8579635B23
US20200257317A13

List of Elon Musk’s Patents

Publication NumberTitle
USD724031S1Vehicle charge inlet
US8579635B2Funnel-shaped charge inlet
USD683268S1Vehicle
USD678154S1Vehicle door
US6185194B1System and method for initiating a telephone call utilizing internet initiation
US6148260AInteractive network directory service with integrated maps and directions
US6108650AMethod and apparatus for an accelerated radius search
US5944769AInteractive network directory service with integrated maps and directions
US20200257317A1Autonomous and user-controlled vehicle summons to a target
US20020018236A1Bi-directional facsimile mechanism using the internet
EP1105695A1Method and apparatus for an accelerated radius search
WO2020167613A1Autonomous and user controlled vehicle summons to a target
WO2000011435A1Method and apparatus for an accelerated radius search
KR2021121161AAutonomous and user-controlled vehicle calls to cross-reference targets for related applications
AU2020221897A1Autonomous and user controlled vehicles summon to a target
CA3129725A1Autonomous and user controlled vehicles summon to a target
AU199952370AMethod and apparatus for an accelerated radius search
CA2341415A1Method and apparatus for an accelerated radius search

Authored By: Navjyot Singh, Insights;Gate Team

Updated on May 12, 2022

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