Elon Musk Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Elon Musk

CEO Tesla
South Africa


Total Patents 23
Granted Patents 9
Associated Companies SpaceX, Tesla, Twitter, The Boring Company, OpenAI, Neuralink
Field of Invention Autonomous Software & Technology

Elon Musk’s portfolio has 23 patents that belong to 8 unique patent families. His patents belong to vehicle design, autonomous vehicles, location-based search, etc.

Key patents of Elon Musk?

S. No. Publication Number Title First Filing Year Tech Area
1 US6148260A Interactive Network … 1996 Location-Specific Searching
2 US618194B1 System And Method For Init… 1997 Telephone Network
3 US6108650A Method And Apparatus … 1998 Location-Specific Searching
4 USD683268S1 Vehicle 2012 Vehicle Design
5 US20020018236A1 Bi-Directional… 1997 Exchange of Data

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

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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. 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?

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 Grant Elon Musk Applications Filed Elon Musk Patents Granted
2023 1 1
2022 1
2020 7
2019 1
2015 1
2013 3
2012 4
2001 1 1
2000 2
1999 5 1
1998 1
1997 1
1996 1

How many Elon Musk patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did Elon Musk File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Elon Musk Filed Patents

Country Patents
United States Of America 11
Australia 2
Canada 2
Europe 2
Korea (South) 1
China 1
Singapore 1
Hong Kong (S.A.R.) 1

What Technologies are covered by Elon Musk’s Patents?

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.

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

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

10 Best Elon Musk Patents

US5944769A is the most popular patent in the Elon Musk’s portfolio. It has received 205 citations so far from companies like Google, Verizon Data Services, and Microsoft.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Elon Musk:

Publication Number Citation Count
US5944769A 205
US6148260A 202
US6185194B1 160
US6108650A 112
USD683268S1 13
US20020018236A1 13
USD678154S1 12
USD724031S1 4
US8579635B2 3
WO2020167613A1 2

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Elon Musk’s patents?

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 5 Elon Musk patents in 57 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Elon Musk patent portfolio are Ford, Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and Google.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Elon Musk –

Company Number of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Elon Musk Patents Number of Rejections (102 & 103)
Ford Global Technologies 2 2
Wilmington Savings Fund Society 2 2
Google 2 5
Microsoft 1 5
Amazon 1 4
Celeritasworks Llc 1 1
Quasar Acquisition Llc 1 5
Robert Bosch 1 6
Telecommunication Systems Inc 1 5
Toyota 1 1

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Elon Musk Patents

Top Elon Musk Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent Number Count of Rejected Applications
US6185194B1 5
US6108650A 4
US11567514B2 3
US5944769A 2
US8579635B2 1

List of Elon Musk’s Patents –

Elon Musk Patents Title
US20230176593A1 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
US11567514B2 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
USD724031S1 Vehicle Charge Inlet
US8579635B2 Funnel Shaped Charge Inlet
USD683268S1 Vehicle
USD678154S1 Vehicle Door
EP3924692A1 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
CN113728210A Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
CA3129725A1 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
AU2020221897A1 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
HK40064755A Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
KR1020210121161A Autonomous And User-Controlled Vehicle Calls To Cross-Reference Targets For Related Applications
SG11202108732SA Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
US20020018236A1 Bi-Directional Facsimile Mechanism Using The Internet
US6185194B1 System And Method For Initiating A Telephone Call Utilizing Internet Initiation
US6148260A Interactive Network Directory Service With Integrated Maps And Directions
US6108650A Method And Apparatus For An Accelerated Radius Search
US5944769A Interactive Network Directory Service With Integrated Maps And Directions
EP1105695A1 Method And Apparatus For An Accelerated Radius Search
WO2020167613A1 Autonomous And User Controlled Vehicle Summon To A Target
WO2000011435A1 Method And Apparatus For An Accelerated Radius Search
CA2341415A1 Method And Apparatus For An Accelerated Radius Search
AU1999052370A1 Method And Apparatus For An Accelerated Radius Search

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