Netflix: Patent Portfolio Overview

Netflix needs no introduction. From a DVD-by-mail service, the company has grown to the world’s one of the largest subscription-based OTT services with a market cap of $213.39B in Sep 2020, and a net income of $1.86 bn in 2019.

The success of Netflix can be gauged from the facts that its revenue increased from $1.36bn in 2007 to $20.15bn in 2019, and a number of subscribers from 74.76 million in Q4 2015 to 192.9 million paying subscribers worldwide as of Q2, 2020 out of which 72.9 million are from the US.

Below are 15 key statistics and insights into Netflix’s patent portfolio. If you want to know what type of inventions Netflix patents disclose, check out this analysis: What is Inside Netflix’s Patents?

How many patents does Netflix have?

Netflix’s patent portfolio has a total of 962 patents in its worldwide patent portfolio which belong to 223 unique patent families. Out of 962 patents, 521 are patent applications, and 441 are granted patents.

Also, 149 out of 962 patents are dead in the Netflix patent portfolio. These inactive patents include 146 applications and 3 granted patents. The rest of 813 alive patent documents consists of 375 applications and 438 granted patents.

How many Netflix Patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How many patent applications did Netflix 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.

What is the Count of Netflix Patents in Different Countries?

What Technologies are Covered by Netflix Patents?

Want to know what sort of patents are in Distributed Computing or Media Streaming? We have covered that here: What is Inside Netflix’s Patents?

R&D Focus: How Netflix’s Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

20 Best Netflix Patents

US6584450B1 is the most popular patent in the Netflix portfolio. It has received 206 citations so far from companies like Sony, Yahoo, and Apple. The patent also has been filed in major countries like United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

Below is the list of 20 most cited patents of Netflix:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6584450B1206
US7403910B1149
US7024381B1139
US20160119291A1105
US8386621B292
US8365235B274
US9990499B268
EP2663052A166
US9338181B152
US20120042047A143
US7617127B242
US20140006474A138
US20150067724A137
US8315977B237
US7631323B137
US20150319506A131
US8963847B227
US6966484B227
US9021537B226
US8689267B224

Which Companies are using Netflix’s 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 Netflix patent portfolio are Media Streaming, Content Recommendation, and Distributed Computing. Google, IBM, and Microsoft as the top forward citing assignees.

CompanyNumber of Patents
Google53
IBM50
Microsoft 40
Amazon35
Samsung33
Ericsson24
Apple21
At&T19
Comcast Cable16
Sony Interactive Entertainment14

How many patent applications were rejected due to Netflix patents?

Examiners at the USPTO used 120 Netflix patents in 1100 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 Netflix patents.

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Netflix Patents

Which Companies’ Patent Applications were Rejected the Most?

Top Netflix Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8954596B270
US8271338B262
US8365235B255
US8386621B247
US9613104B246
US8837601B237
US7631323B135
US9009337B231
US9225621B230
US8315977B226
US7403910B124
US9973800B224
US9699519B221
US20140006474A121
US7617127B220

What is the Success Rate of Netflix at the USPTO?

Netflix has filed 345 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 253 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 98.06%.

Below are the key stats of Netflix’s patent prosecution at the USPTO. You can check the performance of FAANG at the USPTO here.

Top Patent Law Firms that Filed Most Patents for Netflix at the USPTO

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Artegis Law Group29899.57%
Fisherbroyles 4191.67%
Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma350.00%
Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker20.00%
Patterson Sheridan1100.00%
Updated on June 2, 2021

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