Meta Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Meta was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes and is doing business in Social media, Social network advertising, and Consumer electronics. The Company offers a range of merchandise and services to its customers, including consumer electronics, appliances, computing devices, mobile phones, entertainment, and other products. As of August 2023, Meta has a market cap of $827.02 Billion.

Meta has a total of 24224 patents globally, out of which 14502 have been granted. Of these 24224 patents, more than 73% patents are active. The USA is where Meta has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and Europe. Parallelly, United States seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Meta.

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

How many patents does Meta have?

Meta has a total of 24224 patents globally. These patents belong to 8456 unique patent families. Out of 24224 patents, 17746 patents are active.

How many Meta patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did Meta 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.

You can also read our analysis on, How many patent applications did Meta Abandon? (2000-2020).

Year of Patents Filing or GrantMeta Applications FiledMeta Patents Granted
20235534
202211081458
202115691614
202026452039
201923532009
201822461588
201725331489
201619751001
20151767575
20142388384
20131580226
20121280174
2011560249

How Many Patents did Meta File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Meta Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America12917
China1581
Europe1465
Japan1250
Korea (South)1097
Australia855
Canada632
Israel420
Taiwan374
India345
Germany322
Mexico299
Brazil291
United Kingdom142
South Africa21
Austria11
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)10
Spain10
Russia6
Denmark4
Viet Nam4
Singapore3
Slovenia2
Croatia2
Albania2
Hungary2
Indonesia2
Poland2
New Zealand2
Lithuania2
Thailand1
Philippines1
Norway1
Slovakia1

Where are Research Centers of Meta Patents Located?

How Many Patents Owned by Meta and Its Subsidiaries?

Patents acquired by Meta

Meta has acquired 683 patent families from other companies which are not associated with Meta.

Below the chart shows the top 10 patent acquisitions of Meta –

10 Best Meta Patents

US7024451B2 is the most popular patent in the Meta portfolio. It has received 1468 citations so far from companies like IBM, Pure Storage, and Aloft Media.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US7024451B21468
US6014638A1347
US7069308B21298
US7827208B2893
US7945653B2870
US6539421B1683
US6714793B1681
USD789384S1644
USD819072S1602
USD813899S1576

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 4126 Meta patents in 33843 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Meta patent portfolio are Microsoft, IBM, and Google.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Meta –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Meta PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Microsoft10143026
IBM8782345
Google6861817
Samsung4061141
Apple305788
Intel201536
Tencent Technology161479
Amazon124313
Snap Inc115314
Qualcomm112286

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Meta Patents

Top Meta Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8229458B2177
US8230367B277
US9177346B271
US7669123B270
US9119027B257
US7945653B256
US9602605B248
US7869941B247
US7941753B243
US7069308B242
US9110953B241
US7933810B237
US8880600B236
US9143573B233
US8171128B233

What Percentage of Meta US Patent Applications were Granted?

Meta (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 12078 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 9641 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 87.06%.

Below are the key stats of Meta patent prosecution at the USPTO. You can also check the performance of FAANG at the USPTO here.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Meta?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Fenwick & West Llp278686.99%
Baker Botts Llp272891.59%
Keller Preece Pllc155380.86%
Greenberg Traurig Llp142693.41%
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Llp77674.60%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp40489.73%
Kdb Firm Pllc32789.30%
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Llp29193.55%
Van Pelt Yi & James Llp18596.30%
Jordan Ip Law Llc17258.93%

Innovation pushes the boundaries for all of technology. Meta caused us to reconsider everything we thought we understood about social media. It started off as a social network, and when a solution wasn’t available, they turned to invention. Today, Meta is working on hardware projects, AI, connectivity, commerce, Meta Reality Labs, and a variety of other projects.

“Move fast and break things,” and “Done is better than perfect.” summarises Meta’s approach to innovation which includes launching new features without first obtaining user consent. Next time login to your Meta and enjoy the platform to the fullest, do give a thumbs up to this post too.

What are Meta’s key innovation segments? What can you expect next?

What Technologies are Covered by Meta Patents?

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

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

Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by Meta?

Authored By: Navjyot Singh, Insights;Gate Team

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Our comprehensive report provides an in-depth look into the patent portfolio. The report includes a breakdown of the patent portfolio across various technologies, listing the patent along with brief summaries of each patent's technology.