NASA Patents – Key Insights and Stats

NASA, The National Aeronautics & Space Administration, has a total of 2662 patents globally, out of which 1987 have been granted. Of these 2662 patents, more than 48% patents are active. The USA is where NASA has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Japan and Germany, it has generated an annual revenue of $1.5 billion in the year 2021. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D centre of NASA.

NASA was founded in the year 1958 by Dwight D. Eisenhower. NASA is a federal government body responsible for the civil space programme, aeronautics research, and space research in the United States.

Do you know that an ear thermometer also exists! Well, all thanks to NASA. NASA’s patent portfolio is very interesting. The patents cover areas such as Health & Medicine, Transportation, Public Safety, Recreation, Environment, Computer Technology and many more!

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 the founder has?

The founder, Dwight D. Eisenhower, has 0 patents.

How many patents does NASA have?

NASA has a total of 2662 patents globally. These patents belong to 1736 unique patent families. Out of 2662 patents, 1239 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
2011140122
2012117117
2013140115
2014131127
2015127130
2016117112
2017165109
2018102100
201968122
202034121
202136111
202222

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
Japan71
Germany65
Europe64
Australia49
Korea (South)35
Canada24
China22
Brazil14
India12
Austria10
Israel7
Mexico5
Spain4
Singapore4
Taiwan3
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
Denmark2
Egypt2
Colombia1
Indonesia1
Malaysia1
Viet Nam1
New Zealand1
Philippines1
Russia1

Where are Research Centres of NASA Patents Located?

Of the 1736 R&D Centres, all of them are located in the USA.

10 Best NASA Patents

US6967462B1 is the most popular patent in the NASA portfolio. It has received 779 citations so far from companies like Firefly Power Technologies, Powercast, and Sony.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6967462B1779
US8060250B2709
US6501414B2397
US6608628B1366
US6721728B2346
US6759151B1268
US7378963B1241
US6387456B1232
US6720984B1230
US6858197B1229

Which Companies are using NASA 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 NASA patent portfolio are Boeing, General Electric, and Honeywell.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Boeing61
General Electric46
Honeywell44
Raytheon Technologies28
Airbus27
Hon Hai Precision Industry24
IBM24
Samsung22
GM Global Technology Operations20
Sony11

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
US7702427B116
US7641949B215
US7148417B115
US8977482B214
US9475579B213
US6967462B113
US10332405B213
US6608628B113
US7194912B213
US8011229B212
US7109581B211
US8987632B210
US6450820B110

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

Updated on May 17, 2022

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