First Solar Patents – Key Insights and Stats

First Solar has a total of 1621 patents globally, out of which 616 have been granted. Of these 1621 patents, more than 34% patents are active. The USA is where First Solar has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe (EPO) and India. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D center of First Solar.

First Solar was founded in the year 1999 by Harold McMaster. Company is a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules. As of May 2023, First Solar has a market cap of $21.74 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder of First Solar have?

The founder, Harold McMaster, has 284 patents.

How many patents does First Solar have?

First Solar has a total of 1621 patents globally. These patents belong to 633 unique patent families. Out of 1621 patents, 564 patents are active.

How Many Patents did First Solar File Every Year?

First Solar 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 GrantFirst Solar Applications FiledFirst Solar Patents Granted
20221337
20212230
20202041
20195226
20184527
20174625
20164387
20156070
201413060
201313653
201216471
201128846

How many First Solar patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

First Solar Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did First Solar File in Different Countries?

First Solar Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which First Solar Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America556
Europe218
India104
Germany94
Malaysia74
Taiwan52
Viet Nam42
Japan37
Mexico34
Australia30
Korea (South)13
Turkey11
Canada9
China9
Brazil8
South Africa8
Austria6
Israel4
Saudi Arabia4
United Arab Emirates3
United Kingdom3
Morocco2
Spain2
Philippines2
Eurasia2
Cyprus1
Portugal1
Chile1
Denmark1

Where are Research Centers of First Solar Patents Located?

R&D Centres of First Solar

10 Best First Solar Patents

US6959517B2 is the most popular patent in the First Solar portfolio. It has received 330 citations so far from companies like Powermount Systems, GE, and Zep Soar.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of First Solar:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6959517B2330
US6617507B2228
US6919530B2206
US20110036400A1195
US20090194165A1181
US7195872B2166
US6559411B2164
WO2010094012A1159
US20050257824A1116
US20130115372A1110

What are First Solar’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by First Solar?

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

R&D Focus: How has First Solar‘s search focus changed over the years?

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