Marissa Mayer – Insights on Inventions, Patents, and Patent Applications

If you landed on this page while looking for information on Marissa Mayer, I think you know her already. No worries if you don’t know, she is Google’s first female engineer and 13th employee, and former CEO of Yahoo. She was listed at Forbes Magazine List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, not just once, but 3 times in a row in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Marissa is a shy person and from quite earlier days of her inspiring career journey, she is known to have a strict and serious attitude towards work.

“She would do her work and then leave. When other people would stay and hang out and have pizza, she’d just be out of there because the work is done.” – A Stanford classmate of Mayer

Mayer’s line of achievements and diverse work areas are just too many to be put in this short appreciation post. She is one of the top female inventors and businesswoman. Her career history is filled with leadership positions at leading companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Walmart.

Professional Journey of Marissa Mayer

  • Sunshine (Mar 2018 – Present, as a Co-Founder)
  • Walmart (Jun 2012 – Present, as a Board of Directors)
  • Yahoo! (Jun 2012 – Jun 2017,  as a President & CEO)
  • Google (Oct 2012 – Jul 2012, as a Vice President, Local, Maps & Location Services)
    • (Nov 2005 – Oct 2010, as a VP, Search Products & User Experience)
    • (Mar 2003 – Nov 2005, as a Director, Consumer Web Services)
    • (Jul 2001 – Mar 2003, as a Product Manager, Google.com)
    • (Jun 1999 – Jul 2001, as a Software Engineer)

Marissa Mayer’s Patents

Marissa Mayer’s patent portfolio has 63 patents that belong to 14 unique patent families. The exhibits below provide key highlights of her patent portfolio.

Technology Distribution

The patent count in the exhibit below is calculated by including only one patent from each patent family. A patent family can have multiple patent documents – filed globally or in a single country – covering a single invention.

Her patent portfolio covers technologies like web crawling of search engines, indexing, and query processing to advertisements and monetization of news content.

The exhibits below distribute Marissa Mayer’s patents into active and inactive categories which are further divided into total, application, and granted parts.

Worldwide Patent Portfolio

Patent Families

Country-wise distribution of Marissa Mayer’s patents

The patent count in the exhibit below is calculated by including each family member of a patent family. A patent family can have multiple patent documents – filed globally or in a single country – covering a single invention.

An Interesting Patent

One patent that stands out in Marissa Mayer’s portfolio is US7096214B1. It has been cited 60 times by companies Facebook, Factual Inc, AOL, OneSpot Inc, and Microsoft Corporation.

If a technology/patent is cited by a lot of other patents, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by a lot of companies. This indicates the importance of a patent. Furthermore, it also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

Updated on March 8, 2021

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