Meta Patents – Key Insights and Stats

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 October 2021, Meta has a market cap of $915.2 Billion.

Meta has a total of 17753 patents globally, out of which 10395 have been granted. Of these 17753 patents, more than 84% patents are active. The United States of America is where Meta has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and Australia and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Meta in the United States, in which it generated $85.97 billion revenue in 2020. 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 17753 patents globally. These patents belong to 6970 unique patent families. Out of 17753 patents, 15054 patents are active.

How many Meta patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

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
202124401
20208261630
201916171891
201818501368
201723651352
20161858916
20151662548
20142158367
20131425200
20121215150
2011528251

How Many Patents did Meta File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Meta Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America10529
China836
Australia799
Japan768
Europe696
Korea (South)664
Canada615
Israel390
India308
Mexico281
Brazil269
Taiwan116
United Kingdom31
South Africa22
Germany11
Spain4
Austria3
Singapore3
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
Poland2
Indonesia1
Philippines1
Russian Federation1

Where are Research Centers of Meta Patents Located?

Top Facebook R&D centers

10 Best Meta Patents

US7024451B2 is the most popular patent in the Meta portfolio. It has received 1337 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
US7024451B21337
US6014638A1320
US7069308B21230
US6236978B11185
US6414635B1926
US6012051A777
US7827208B2763
US7945653B2731
US6754904B1721
US6714793B1669

Which Companies are using Meta 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 companies in the Meta patent portfolio are Microsoft, IBM and Google.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Microsoft1046
IBM1013
Google754
Samsung373
Apple243
Sony182
Intel173
Tencent Technology Shenzhen Company Limited161
Amazon119
Qualcomm110

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
US8229458B2181
US8230367B278
US9177346B277
US7669123B276
US9119027B265
US7945653B259
US20050160014A152
US9602605B250
US7933810B245
US9110953B244
US7869941B244
US7069308B244
US7941753B243
US8880600B236
US8171128B235
US8694577B234
US9143573B232
US8521661B232
US8527496B231
US9660950B230

What Percentage of Meta US Patent Applications were Granted?

Meta (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 8404 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 6563 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 86.13%.

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 Llp182884.86%
Keller Jolley Preece140483.37%
Baker Botts Llp113587.09%
Fisherbroyles Llp99394.78%
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Llp61373.38%
IBM Corporation256100.00%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp25087.00%
Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni Pllc20182.45%
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Llp18993.89%
Van Pelt Yi & James Llp10895.60%

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

Updated on April 21, 2022

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