NetApp Patents – Key Insights and Stats

NetApp has a total of 4694 patents globally, out of which 3412 have been granted. Of these 4694 patents, more than 67% patents are active. The United States of America is where NetApp has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Japan. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also United States of America is the origin country of NetApp.

NetApp was founded in 1992 by James Lau, Michael Malcolm, David Hitz. NetApp provides storage and data management solutions. The Company’s storage solutions include specialized hardware, software, and services that provide storage management for open network environments. NetApp serves enterprises, government agencies, and universities worldwide. As of August 2022, NetApp has a market cap of $16.16 Billion.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of NetApp have?

The Founder James Lau has 66 patents, Michael Malcolm has 41 patents, David Hitz has 90 patents and CEO George Kurian has 0 patents.

How many patents does NetApp have?

NetApp has a total of 4694 patents globally. These patents belong to 2450 unique patent families. Out of 4694 patents, 3169 patents are active.

How Many Patents did NetApp File Every Year?

NetApp Patents 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 GrantNetApp Applications FiledNetApp Patents Granted
2011140282
2012158241
2013270223
2014420223
2015363190
2016276269
2017189257
201893136
2019201204
2020141171
2021100143
202218100

How many NetApp patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

NetApp Patents Portfolio

How Many Patents did NetApp File in Different Countries?

NetApp Worldwide Patents

Countries in which NetApp Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America3486
Europe282
Japan128
Germany127
China114
India37
Australia49
Canada17
Korea (South)16
Israel14
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)13
Taiwan3
France2
Brazil1
United Kingdom1
Mexico1
Russia1

Where are Research Centers of NetApp Patents Located?

Research Centers of NetApp Patents

10 Best NetApp Patents

US6718361B1 is the most popular patent in the NetApp portfolio. It has received 1954 citations so far from companies like Sun Microsystems, Secretseal, IBM.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6718361B11954
US6389432B11340
US6728748B1478
US6480901B1393
US6594744B1384
US6944785B2382
US6604118B2373
US6691245B1360
US7039827B2358
US20100088296A1355

Which Companies are using NetApp 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 NetApp patent portfolio are IBM, Microsoft and Bank of New York.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM752
Bank Of New York Mellon Trust Co Na481
Microsoft Technology Licensing Llc196
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development Lp157
Vmware150
Hitachi140
Intel114
Amazon Technologies Inc97
Fujitsu96
The Bank Of New York Mellon Trust91

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on NetApp Patents

Top NetApp Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8321645B252
US8386610B238
US8321648B232
US8412682B230
US9395929B225
US20110191522A125
US6944785B225
US20160140868A123
US8315984B222
US8086799B222
US7783666B122
US8566821B221
US8775718B221
US6728748B121
US7472242B120

What Percentage of NetApp US Patent Applications were Granted?

NetApp (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 2458 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2090 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 88.9%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for NetApp?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Cooper Legal Group Llc43795.83%
Haynes And Boone Llp41285.64%
Cesari And Mckenna Llp35794.12%
Klein O Neill & Singh Llp32182.80%
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders Llp28685.98%
Gilliam Ip Pllc Netapp25483.33%
Netapp Inc151100.00%
Nixon Peabody Llp10985.32%
George Simion8694.19%
Mahamedi Ip862.50%

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What are NetApp key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by NetApp?

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

R&D Focus: How has NetApp search focus changed over the years?

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