Intel Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Intel was founded in 1968, by semiconductor pioneers Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce and is doing business in the semiconductor chip, microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphics chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing. As of September 2021, Intel has a market cap of $214.49 Billion.

Intel has a total of 214150 patents globally, out of which 123905 has been granted and more than 48% of these worldwide patents are active. Intel has filed the maximum number of patents in the US, followed by Germany and China. China & Hong Kong is the biggest market for the Intel Group, which generated $20.26 billion in revenue in 2020.

USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Intel. Do you want to know, what percentage of Intel’s US patents are been filed by Non-US Inventors?

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

How many patents does Intel have?

Intel has a total of 214150 patents globally. These patents belong to 79968 unique patent families. Out of 214150 patents, 102821 patents are active.

How many Intel patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Intel 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 GrantIntel Patents Applications FiledIntel Patents Granted
201196594527
201287934469
2013145794841
2014119365369
2015146036238
2016135888334
2017114939731
201892849309
201980578609
202065437668
20216574940

You can also read our analysis on, how Many Patent Applications did Intel abandon Every Year?

How Many Patents did Intel File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Intel Filed Patents

CountryCount
United States Of America83012
Germany25351
China23897
Europe16968
Taiwan9442
Japan8739
Korea (South)8428
Australia2618
India2010
United Kingdom1956
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)1698
Austria1309
Brazil1153
Singapore952
Russian Federation601
Spain479
Canada416
Malaysia405
France275
Mexico200
Hungary142
Israel114
Sweden96
Indonesia77
Thailand58
Netherlands54
Ukraine50
Denmark48
Philippines46
Italy44
Poland38
Finland37
Norway36
Belgium30
Viet Nam20
South Africa8
Portugal6
Czech Republic2
Argentina2
Switzerland2
Turkey2
Slovenia2
Romania1
Eurasian Patent Organization1
Ireland1
Greece1
Slovakia1
Tunisia1
Chile1
Egypt1
Lithuania1

Where are Research Centers of Intel Patents Located?

10 Best Intel Patents

US7272613B2 is the most popular patent in the Intel portfolio. It has received 1627 citations so far from companies like IBM, Microsoft and Pure Storage Inc. The patent’s geographical coverage is in major countries like United States, Europe, Germany and Hong Kong.

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

Intel’s most important PatentsCitation Count
US7272613B21627
US6047327A1309
US6151643A1110
US7143939B2966
US6188777B1936
US6647257B2932
US6760721B1929
US6421733B1901
US6185625B1899
US7336184B2866

Which Companies are using Intel 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 companies in the Intel patent portfolio are IBM, Samsung, and Qualcomm.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM8453
Samsung7855
Qualcomm7124
Infineon Technologies6168
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co4558
Microsoft4370
Apple2946
Sony Corporation2342
Micron Technology2199
Fujitsu1907
Bank Of New York Mellon Trust Company1857
Huawei1831
LG1744
Globalfoundries1668
Ericsson1572
Advanced Micro Devices1558
Avago Technologies International Sales1548
Texas Instruments1533
Micron Semiconductor Products Inc1503
Google1502

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Intel Patents

Top Intel Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7272613B260
US9154267B257
US8436404B251
US20190364492A148
US7904511B243
US7562304B243
US10535735B240
US7885214B239
US7456476B239
US20190349426A139
US20090180451A139
US8824298B235
US7822620B235
US8850057B234
US7908653B234
US7126199B233
US7105390B232
US20060253584A132
US7760676B231
US20040234417A131

What Percentage of Intel US Patent Applications were Granted?

Intel (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 53558 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 39271 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 80.88%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Intel?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Intel Corporation571986.97%
Womble Bond Dickinson Us623972.45%
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt346982.39%
Trop Pruner & Hu315576.14%
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner332181.39%
Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni155777.05%
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman141773.67%
Hanley Flight & Zimmerman129886.40%
NDWE Llp123784.02%
Compass Ip121784.23%

Intel has been a key patent acquisition source for Apple in the past few years. The trend continued in 2020 as well. Apple acquired ~4600 patents in 2020 out of which 3650 were acquired from Intel alone.

Moore’s Law, which describes how engineers will find ways to shrink circuits at a predictable pace year after year, has helped intel to carry out its incremental innovations and deliver smart products which are more efficient and powerful than ever. So, next time you switch on your computer, embrace intel’s technology for which you can experience your content with no delay.

Do you want to know, what Intel has done in terms of innovation in the past 20 years?

What Technologies are Covered by Intel Patents?

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

R&D FocusHow Intel Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Are you curious to know about the development areas of Intel innovation through the years?

Updated on October 5, 2021

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