Nasa Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2024)

Nasa has a total of 2602 patents globally, out of which 2002 have been granted. Of these 2602 patents, more than 42% patents are active. United States of America is where Nasa has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Japan and Germany. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of Nasa.

Nasa was founded in the year 1958. Ever wonder what’s beyond our sky? NASA uses satellites and probes to explore Earth, our solar system, and even distant stars! They share their discoveries to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

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

How many patents does Nasa have?

Nasa has a total of 2602 patents globally. These patents belong to 1712 unique patent families. Out of 2602 patents, 1104 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Nasa File Every Year?

Nasa Patent Filing Trend

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 GrantNasa Applications FiledNasa Patents Granted
202412
20231583
20223069
202175111
202063123
201989122
2018103101
2017173109
2016117112
2015126131
2014134128
2013141115

How many Nasa patents are Alive/Dead?

Nasa Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Nasa File in Different Countries?

Nasa Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Nasa Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States of America2022
Japan69
Germany68
Europe (EPO)58
Korea (South)30
Canada23
Australia22
Austria22
China21
Brazil13
India12
Mexico9
Israel7
Singapore4
Taiwan3
Spain3
Egypt2
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
Viet Nam1
United Kingdom1
New Zealand1
Indonesia1
Philippines1
South Africa1
Colombia1
Russian Federation1
Malaysia1

Where are Research Centres of Nasa Patents Located?

R&D Centers of Nasa

10 Best Nasa Patents

US8060250B2 is the most popular patent in the Nasa portfolio. It has received 1051 citations so far from companies like Gm Global Technology Operation, Ethicon Llc and Cilag Gmbh International.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US8060250B21051
US6967462B1858
US6721728B2358
US6759151B1282
US7378963B1259
US6720984B1256
US6858197B1230
US6697793B2219
US7215891B1163
US7507784B2155

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 727 Nasa patents in 3066 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Nasa patent portfolio are Boeing, General Electric and Honeywell.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Nasa –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Nasa PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Boeing60103
General Electric4995
Honeywell4588
IBM2555
Hon Hai Precision Industry2345
Raytheon2146
Rolls-Royce2044
Gm Global Technology1730
Samsung1734
Thales812

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Nasa Patents

Top Nasa Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US6759151B120
US8164485B219
US10332405B218
US7702427B116
US7641949B216
US9475579B215
US7148417B114
US8977482B213
US6967462B113
US7194912B213
US6720984B113
US8011229B212
US7109581B211
US8987632B29
US8291788B29

NASA has filed multiple number of patents ranging from “Baby soothing devices” to Air & Space vehicles.

Baby soothing device?! Yes, that’s right. US20170348187A1 patent talks about techniques for soothing babies and, more particularly, to devices which can simulate a mother’s touch by emulating a massaging motion.

There are many such interesting patents filed by NASA, ranging from what you see in your kitchen such as precision coffee maker to landmine removal!

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What are NASA’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by NASA?

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

R&D Focus: How has NASA’s search focus changed over the years?

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