Mercedes-Benz Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Mercedes-Benz has a total of 31980 patents globally, out of which 5114 have been granted. Of these 31980 patents, more than 39% patents are active. Germany is where Mercedes-Benz has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and USA. Parallelly, Germany seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz was founded in 1926 by Karl Benz. Mercedes-Benz manufactures and distributes automobile. The Company offers passenger cars, buses, vans, coaches, trucks, and sports utility vehicles, as well as related spare parts and accessories. Mercedes-Benz serves customers worldwide. As of March 2023, Mercedes-Benz has a market cap of $86.01 Billion.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of Mercedes-Benz have?

The Founder Karl Benz has 3 and Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler has 9 patents and the CEO, Sten Ola Källenius have 0 patents.

How many patents does Mercedes-Benz have?

Mercedes-Benz has a total of 31980 patents globally. These patents belong to 25390 unique patent families. Out of 31980 patents, 12493 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Mercedes-Benz 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 GrantMercedes-Benz Applications FiledMercedes-Benz Patents Granted
2023163
2022814491
20211914556
20202826461
20192816501
20182472411
20172314278
20162663295
20152441261
20142699167
20131902322
20121547672
20112844632

How many Mercedes-Benz patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did Mercedes-Benz File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Mercedes-Benz Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Germany19885
China2007
United States Of America1865
Japan1394
Europe1228
India1088
United Kingdom981
Taiwan152
Korea (South)122
Australia114
Canada61
Austria43
Russia41
Turkey37
Brazil32
Spain20
France12
Italy10
Poland9
South Africa6
Netherlands5
Hungary4
Norway3
Belgium3
Mexico3
Denmark2
Portugal1
Serbia1
Malaysia1

Where are Research Centers of Mercedes-Benz Patents Located?

What Technologies are Covered by Mercedes-Benz Patents?

Mercedes-Benz Automotive Patents (7387 patent families)

The patents in this group are related to the accessories and parts of a vehicle like seats, wheels, roof, doors etc. The parts are engineered to integrate seamlessly with the vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Technology Patents (5745 patent families)

This cluster deals with the features which are added to the automobile to enhance driving abilities and allow safe driving over a lifetime. Whereas the Driver assistance system of Mercedes Benz are related to arrangement of control knobs on dashboard, method for vehicle confluence and many more.

The control of distance between vehicles or proximity detection system is also the perk of Mercedes Benz vehicle technology

Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicle patents (3545 patent families)

As the world is rushing towards the emissions-free future, so is the Mercedes-Benz. There are battery electric vehicles (EVs, or BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) which is powered by both an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine are being manufactured by Mercedes Benz.  Both models uses the same type of rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is popular because of its high energy density compared to weight. Less weight means greater potential range, so the lighter the battery is, the better.

Company intend to significantly shorten charging times, accelerate the series maturity of future battery technologies, and further reduce the use of critical materials.

Mercedes-Benz Powertrain Patents (3434 patent families)

Mercedes-Benz Engine & Components Patents (3209 patent families)

Company has produced a wide range of engines i.e. Combustion Engine, Ignition Engine (i.e. spark and Compression). Mainly, the Combustion engines in Merced dealt Benz deals with the arrangement of injectors with respect to engines, exhaust after treatment components in the vehicle.

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

R&D Focus: How Mercedes-Benz Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

10 Best Mercedes-Benz Patents

US20120277947A1 is the most popular patent in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. It has received 130 citations so far from companies like IBM, Ford, and Honda Motors.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Mercedes-Benz:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20120277947A1130
US20120158229A1120
US20110001825A1109
US20110251014A1109
DE102013015348A1108
DE102012008858A1100
DE102013015349A199
US20120109468A185
USD640613S180
US20150203111A178

Which Companies are using Mercedes-Benz 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 Mercedes-Benz patent portfolio are Gm Global Technology, Ford Global Technologies, and Robert Bosch.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc64
Ford Global Technologies Llc45
Robert Bosch Gmbh44
Toyota35
Audi26
Honda Motor Company24
Hyundai Motor Company23
Zf Friedrichshafen20
BMW15
Samsung14

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Mercedes-Benz Patents

Top Mercedes-Benz Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8181445B213
US20120156537A112
US20120158229A110
US7998289B29
US8150583B28
US7952308B27
US20120298638A17
US20110097142A17
US20150203111A17
US7914412B26
US20110309726A16
US8170762B26
US7873451B26
US8061122B26
US20130071720A16

What Percentage of Mercedes-Benz US Patent Applications were Granted?

Mercedes-Benz (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 1055 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 951 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 95.87%.

Below are the key stats of Mercedes-Benz patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Mercedes-Benz?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Crowell & Moring Llp735100.00%
Klaus J Bach12494.56%
Evenson Mckeown Edwards & Lenahan6753.01%
Patent Portfolio Builders Pllc27100.00%
Striker Striker & Stenby6100.00%
Spencer And Frank4100.00%
Foley & Lardner3100.00%
Kowert Hood Munyon Rankin & Goetzel Pc3100.00%
Martin A Farber366.67%
Perkins Coie Llp3100.00%

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