Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a total of 3540 patents globally, out of which 2093 have been granted. Of these 3540 patents, more than 53% patents are active. The USA is where LLNL has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe (EPO) and Japan. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D center of LLNL and is also the origin country of the firm.

LLNL was founded in the year 1952 by David Leonardo, Edward Teller and Ernest Lawrence. The firm, a national security laboratory, provides transformational solutions to national security challenges.

This lab achieved a stunning breakthrough on fusion energy in Dec ’22. It produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it, achieving a net energy gain!

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

How many patents does LLNL have?

LLNL has a total of 3540 patents globally. These patents belong to 1721 unique patent families. Out of 3540 patents, 1897 patents are active.

How Many Patents did LLNL File Every Year?

Lawrence Livermore 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 Grant LLNL Applications Filed LLNL Patents Granted
2022 111 127
2021 187 147
2020 189 148
2019 212 128
2018 259 118
2017 193 120
2016 196 118
2015 134 112
2014 171 127
2013 189 107
2012 187 103
2011 209 79


How many LLNL patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents Lawrence Livermore Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did LLNL File in Different Countries?

Lawrence Livermore Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which LLNL Filed Patents

Country Patents
United States Of America 2268
Europe 188
Japan 117
Germany 74
Canada 73
China 62
Austria 61
Korea (South) 39
Australia 36
India 20
Hong Kong (S.A.R.) 18
Israel 17
Spain 17
Brazil 12
Taiwan 10
Italy 8
Poland 8
New Zealand 6
Singapore 5
Denmark 5
Russia 5
South Africa 4
Mexico 4
Argentina 3
Norway 3
United Kingdom 2
Jordan 1
Hungary 1
Indonesia 1
Turkey 1

Where are Research Centres of LLNL Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Lawrence Livermore

10 Best LLNL Patents

US7041481B2 is the most popular patent in the LLNL portfolio. It has received 614 citations so far from companies like Bio-Rad Laboratories, Medical Research Council, and Lockheed Martin Corporation.  Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of LLNL: 

Publication Number Citation Count
US7041481B2 614
US6766183B2 573
US20090268983A1 374
USRE41780E1 303
US7152070B1 295
US20040038385A1 285
US6890497B2 276
US6576459B2 243
US20030236533A1 219
US6682938B1 215

What are LLNL’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by LLNL?

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

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


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