LEGO Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

Lego has a total of 3644 patents globally, out of which 2970 have been granted. Of these 3644 patents, more than 69% patents are active. United States of America is where Lego has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Japan and Korea (South). Parallelly, Denmark seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of Lego.

Lego was founded in the year 1932. Lego Group provides play material. The Company offers products based on learning and development through play.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of Lego have?

The founder Ole Kirk Christiansen has 0 patent and CEO Niels B. Christiansen has 0 patent.

How many patents does Lego have?

Lego has a total of 3644 patents globally. These patents belong to 1069 unique patent families. Out of 3644 patents, 2534 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Lego File Every Year?

Lego 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 GrantLego Applications FiledLego Patents Granted
202416
2023157285
2022117215
2021153307
2020461198
201910696
201811367
2017109108
2016147113
2015212142
2014109102

How many Lego patents are Alive/Dead?

Lego Patent Portfolio

 How Many Patents did Lego File in Different Countries?

Lego Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Lego Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States of America377
Japan322
Korea (South)261
China260
Mexico234
Canada215
Brazil209
Europe206
India196
Russian Federation173
Australia157
Denmark157
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)147
Germany132
Austria111
Norway60
Spain57
Poland49
United Kingdom46
Ukraine32
Portugal26
Costa Rica7
Argentina6
Switzerland6
Colombia5
Taiwan4
Israel3
Turkey3
Viet Nam2
United Arab Emirates2
Chile1
Indonesia1
Italy1

Where are Research Centres of Lego Patents Located?

R&D Centers of Lego

10 Best Lego Patents

WO2016075081A1 is the most popular patent in the Lego portfolio. It has received 244 citations so far from companies like Apple, Qualcomm and IBM.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
WO2016075081A1244
US6585553B1120
US20070262984A1119
US7596473B2103
US7708615B2101
US6736691B1100
US6939192B192
US8753164B291
US6634920B163
US6645033B159

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Lego patents?

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 43 Lego patents in 189 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Lego patent portfolio are Boeing, Airbus and Bank of New York.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Lego –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Lego PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
May Patents Ltd1116
Sony58
Microsoft48
Autodesk34
Intel Corporation33
Capital One Services34
Adobe23
Rockwell Automation23
Canon29
Mattel Inc26

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Lego Patents

 Top Lego Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US10213692B222
US8753164B29
US7596473B28
US7979251B26
US20070262984A15
US9827507B25
US8753163B24
US10812957B24
US9144749B23
US7755620B23
US10016694B23
US6939192B13
US6585553B13
US7480597B22
US7731191B22

What Percentage of Lego US Patent Applications were Granted?

Lego (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 177 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 136 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 88.89%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Lego?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Day Pitney Llp14485.83%
Gerald Levy16100.00%
Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch Llp7100.00%
Cantor Colburn Llp3100.00%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow2100.00%
Pitney Hardin2100.00%
1Ane Dalsimer Sullivan Kurucz1100.00%
Kane Dalsimer Sullivan Kurucz1100.00%
Reza Green Esq1100.00%

What are LEGO Top innovation segments?

Top technologies in LEGO’s patent portfolios relate mostly to Toy, Games, Manufacturing, Image data Processing and Computer Graphics.

Patents related to toy includes all types of toys that LEGO build: Robot toys, vehicle toys, dolls, Lego plastic bricks and much more.

Games patents encapsulates board games, gaming systems, game dice, controllers and virtual games.

Manufacturing related patents describe the process of manufacturing of different kinds of plastics toys or products, injection-moulding, additives and shaping or moulding of plastic.

Patents related to image data processing indicates various processes of rendering of images and image pattern recognition.

Computer Graphics patents encapsulates 3D rendering of objects, ray tracing, 3D modelling, digital representation and graphics rendering.

LEGO’s most cited patent US20040186623A1 relates to controlling process in a toy robot, the toy robot detects an object in a number of predetermined zones relative to the robot and for generating a detection signal identifying the zones; and further process the information for selecting and performing a predetermined action from a number of actions in response to a particular detection signal.

Top Emerging Technologies of LEGO

LEGO emerging technologies

It was very interesting to note that LEGO is also working on technologies such as eraser, wearables, bio-toys, shelving systems and toy construction robot systems.

Erasers patents relates to an eraser made from a relatively resilient material having eraser properties allowing it to be used for erasing.

Patents related to Wearables relates to a wearable toy system which includes a wearable component that has at least one fastening member for securing the wearable component to a section of the user’s body such as watches, bands, and more.

Bio-Toys patents particularly indicates the toys which are made of biopolymers and are biodegradable in nature and also toys which are made from recycled ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) material.

Patents related to Shelving Systems relates to a shelving system comprising a mounting surface and at least one shelving unit. It is therefore an object to increase the variety of choices.

Patent related to Toy Construction Robot System relates in to a toy construction robot system comprising a robot control unit, the robot control unit comprises of a housing which includes a coupling element configured to releasably interconnect the robot control unit with a cooperating toy component; a processor including programmed instructions; and a plurality of I/O ports configured to communicate with the processor. It serves many functions such as providing a highly interactive and stimulating play experience to a user, particularly a child.

What are Lego key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Lego?

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

R&D Focus: How has Lego search focus changed over the years?

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