Microsoft Patents – Key Insights and Statistics

Microsoft: “Be what’s next” is an American multinational computer technology corporation founded in the year 1975. Formed by Harvard College dropout, Bill Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen, Microsoft has now become the biggest and one of the most valuable software companies. Its innovation focus, ranging from operating systems, security, productivity, and cloud computing to emerging technologies like AI, mixed reality, and quantum computing. You can find Microsoft’s patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

Satya Nadella is the executive chairman and CEO of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014 as CEO and John W. Thompson in 2021 as chairman. You can also read our analysis on, Satya Nadella’s Patents and Inventions.

How many patents does Microsoft have?

Microsoft has a total of 77631 patents globally. These patents belong to 30104 unique patent families. Out of 77631 patents, 52140 patents are active.

How many Microsoft patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Microsoft 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.

How Many Patents did Microsoft File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Microsoft Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America31450
China8609
Europe8078
India3096
Korea (South)2081
Japan1982
Canada1656
Australia1375
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)1221
Brazil1069
Taiwan771
Russian Federation762
Mexico694
Israel271
United Kingdom262
Singapore240
Chile168
Spain162
South Africa151
Philippines148
Argentina125
Indonesia109
Colombia107
New Zealand32
Germany17
Malaysia16
Norway5
Cyprus5
Luxembourg4
Netherlands4
Denmark4
Thailand2
Viet Nam1
Turkey1
Portugal1
France1
Poland1

What Technologies are Covered by Microsoft Patents?

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

Where are Research Centers of Microsoft Located?

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

Best Microsoft Patents

US20130278631A1 is the most popular patent in the Microsoft portfolio. It has received 1050 citations so far from companies like Google, Samsung, Apple, and Artilux Inc. The patent’s geographical coverage is in major countries like United States, Europe, China, and Australia.

List of 10 Best Microsoft Patents

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20130278631A11050
US20110213664A1949
US20140063055A1566
US20120249797A1538
US20120223885A1500
US20110221656A1437
US20110214082A1400
US20120306850A1380
US8964298B2365
USD677326S1356

Which Companies are using Microsoft 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-cited technologies in the Microsoft patent portfolio are Software & Services, Operating systems (OS) & PC & devices. IBM, Samsung, and Google as the top forward citing assignees

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM2723
Samsung1411
Google1293
Facebook765
Intel722
Apple713
Sony648
Amazon553
Qualcomm381
Sap Se370
Oracle International Corporation275
LG274
Canon247
Cisco Technology Inc242
Vmware230
Huawei218
Fujitsu218
Salesforce211
Adobe Inc204
Hewlett Packard170

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO used 11797 Microsoft patents in 69950 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types). Below is the distribution of the number of blocked patent applications vs the technology cluster of Microsoft patents.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Microsoft Patents

Top Microsoft Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8964298B2126
US20130278631A1126
US9128281B284
US20140063055A177
US20110213664A174
US9082235B266
US9342610B257
US9122053B248
US20130083003A146
US20130147686A146
US10019962B246
US9143601B245
US20110221656A145
US9183676B244
US9244545B243
US8477425B243
US9823742B241
US20110214082A140
US9323325B239
US8762360B237

What Percentage of Microsoft US Patent Applications were Granted?

Microsoft (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 63491 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 45896 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 78.62%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Microsoft?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Microsoft Technology Licensing Llc4587781.32%
Lee & Hayes404071.18%
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner188759.43%
Perkins Coie Llp91078.33%
Workman Nydegger87977.01%
Amin Turocy & Watson81794.15%
Merchant & Gould55064.04%
Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma50574.94%
Westman Champlin49975.10%
Newport Ip35748.82%
Updated on September 27, 2021

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