Harley-Davidson Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Harley-Davidson has a total of 720 patents globally, out of which 507 have been granted. Of these 720 patents, more than 44% patents are active. The United States of America is where Harley-Davidson has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Japan and Germany. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D center and also is the origin country of Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903. Harley-Davidson, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells motorcycles. The Company’s products include heavyweight touring, custom, and performance motorcycles, as well as a line of motorcycle parts, accessories, and general merchandise. As of September 2022, Harley-Davidson has a market cap of $5.65 Billion.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of Harley-Davidson have?

The Founder William S. Harley has 81, Walter Davidson has 11 patents, Arthur Davidson has 28 and the CEO Jochen Zeitz have 0 patents.

How many patents does Harley-Davidson have?

Harley-Davidson has a total of 720 patents globally. These patents belong to 342 unique patent families. Out of 720 patents, 320 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Harley-Davidson File Every Year?

Harley-Davidson Patents 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 GrantHarley-Davidson Applications FiledHarley-Davidson Patents Granted
2011715
201258
20131614
20144924
20151830
20161218
20173916
20184623
20199656
20202057
2021737
2022214

How many Harley-Davidson patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Harley-Davidson Patents Portfolio

How Many Patents did Harley-Davidson File in Different Countries?

Harley-Davidson Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Harley-Davidson Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America323
Japan163
Germany99
Europe29
China26
Australia16
Italy11
United Kingdom11
Singapore8
Brazil3
India3
Spain2
Austria2
New Zealand2
South Africa2
Korea (South)2
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)1
Taiwan1

Where are Research Centers of Harley-Davidson Patents Located?

Research Centers of Harley-Davidson Patents

10 Best Harley-Davidson Patents

US7591337B2 is the most popular patent in the Harley-Davidson portfolio. It has received 109 citations so far from companies like Honda Motor, Ford and Yamaha.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Harley-Davidson:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US7591337B2109
US7509753B288
US6520275B275
US20090158506A173
US7171695B271
US20050150921A168
US6443344B164
USD560610S160
US6792621B259
US7111328B254

Which Companies are using Harley-Davidson 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 Harley-Davidson patent portfolio are Honda Motor, Kawasaki and Yamaha.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Honda Motor22
Kawasaki Heavy Industries6
Yamaha5
Robert Bosch Gmbh4
Polaris Industries4
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc4
Piaggio3
Toyota3
Milsco Llc2
Blackbird Dynamics Llc2

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Harley-Davidson Patents

Top Harley-Davidson Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US6792621B25
US7347045B25
US7284282B25
US20050150921A15
US20180208189A15
US6520275B25
US9067465B24
US7424931B24
US7111328B24
US7997604B23
US7591337B23
US8224519B23
US6729515B23
US7665742B23
US6840344B23

What Percentage of Harley-Davidson US Patent Applications were Granted?

Harley-Davidson (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 184 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 142 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 80.2%.

Below are the key stats of Harley-Davidson’s patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Harley-Davidson?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Michael Best & Friedrich Llp16979.14%
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Llp785.71%
Aptiv Technologies Limited3100.00%
Kevin P Moran2100.00%
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath Llp1100.00%
Foley & Lardner Llp10%
Leason Ellis Llp1100.00%

What are Harley-Davidson key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Harley-Davidson?

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

R&D Focus: How has Harley-Davidson’s search focus changed over the years?

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Updated on September 23, 2022

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