Nike Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Nike has a total of 25762 patents globally out of which 18340 have been granted and more than 79% of these worldwide patents are active. US is where Nike has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and Europe and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for the Nike Group is the United States in which it generated an annual revenue of $17.3 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, US seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Nike.

Nike was founded in 1964 by Philip Hampson Knight and is doing business in sporting goods. As of December 2021, Nike has a market cap of $271.12 Billion.

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

How many patents does Nike have?

Nike has a total of 25762 patents globally. These patents belong to 9897 unique patent families. Out of 25762 patents, 28755 patents are active.

How many Nike patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

Nike Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Nike File Every Year?

Nike 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 GrantNike Patent Applications FiledNike Patents Granted
20211171280
202010032212
201920651840
201819671956
201722552150
201625261372
201523041081
201421991198
20131953896
20121660634
20111232458

You can also read our analysis on, how Many Patent Applications did Nike abandon Every Year?

How Many Patents did Nike File in Different Countries?

Nike Patent Portfolio Country Wise

Countries in which Nike Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America10688
China2677
Europe2633
Canada2258
Japan1574
Korea (South)925
Taiwan741
Viet Nam442
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)311
Brazil250
Australia241
Mexico190
Germany161
Austria88
India84
Argentina56
South Africa31
Spain25
United Kingdom19
Chile13
New Zealand7
Indonesia6
Italy5
Russian Federation4
Hungary4
Poland4
Portugal3
Singapore3
Denmark3
Israel3
Philippines3
Malaysia1
Eurasian Patent Organization1
Slovakia1
Czech Republic1

Where are Research Centers of Nike Patents Located?

Nike R&D Centers

You can also read our analysis on Converse Patents – Key Insights and Stats

10 Best Nike Patents

US6018705A is the most popular patent in the Nike portfolio. It has received 782 citations so far from companies like Apple, Fitbit, Adidas, FitSense Technology, and Puma. The patent’s geographical coverage is in major countries like United States, China Europe, Japan, and Australia.

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

Nike’s most important PatentsCitation Count
US6018705A782
US6882955B1597
US6898550B1572
US6013340A565
US6876947B1546
US6052654A534
US6585622B1533
US6082025A515
US7254516B2474
US6127026A469

Which Companies are using Nike 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 companies in the Nike patent portfolio are Adidas, Apple, and Samsung.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Adidas156
Apple70
Samsung62
Fitbit52
Sony40
IBM36
Reebok35
Under Armour34
Puma28
Epson28
Mizuno25
Asics24
Acushnet Company23
Sumitomo Rubber Industries23
Intel23
New Balance18
Casio16
Wilson Sporting Goods Co14
Polar Electro14
Hello Llc13

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Nike Patents

Nike Patent Portfolio

Top Nike Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7254516B260
US7771320B256
US8562489B252
US9248340B246
US8814754B246
US9011292B244
US8172722B240
US9141087B233
US9352207B231
US8974349B231
US8188868B230
US9940682B229
US8825445B228
US9782660B226
US9269102B225
US9532734B225
US8892999B224
US8231506B222
US9358426B220
US9329053B217

What Percentage of Nike US Patent Applications were Granted?

Nike (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 4814 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 3630 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 89.7%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Nike?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Banner & Witcoff191691.04%
Shook Hardy & Bacon Llp100688.21%
Quinn Ip46489.89%
Honigman Llp40684.75%
Plumsea Law Group Llc22391.48%
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner20695.73%
Klarquist Sparkman Llp12995.79%
Thomas Horstemeyer Llp12395.83%
Nike Inc2477.77%
Smart & Biggar Llp2286.36%

Nike transformed the athletic shoe industry with technological innovations, but today many people know the company by its flashy ads and sports celebrities.

Nike creates and adopts a wide range of technological innovations, the one thing that continually sets them apart and ensures they are always innovative is their product and approach. Technology has allowed Nike to personalize, on-demand service that gives each customer a unique experience.

Among the patents which were filed in 2021, the areas of technology that have been covered by Nike are mostly related to Footwear, Apparel, Manufacturing and Lacing & Attachment.

Patents filed in the Footwear category mainly consists of cleat structures, specific sole structures of shoes that can be used in shoes, which also provides structure, support and comfort with variable size adjustment options.

Patents related to Apparel points to breathable and lightweight apparel and also improving range of motion in an apparel thus improving the overall comfort level in an apparel.

Nike’s unique Manufacturing related patents denotes particular processes of using adhesive in the manufacturing of footwear and using image recognition technique for measuring real size of on-line object in real time.

Lacing & attachment patents indicates footwears with a strap to provide support and cable locking/fastening system which can be used to move between a relaxed and a restricted position.

Nike’s most cited patent US6018705A-Measuring foot contact time and foot loft time of a person in locomotion relates to the measurement of foot contact time, foot loft time, speed, and/or tempo of a person in movement, as well as the monitoring of a person’s orthopedic motion.

During our research we were surprised to note that Nike was not only filing patents related to Footwear and Apparel as these were the most sought after products of Nike, but also it is working on the plan to enter and create a virtual world. Patents related to these inferences were:

Patent NumberTitle
US10083393B2Interactive avatar for social network services
US10369474B2Virtual performance system
US10022631B2System and method for creating an avatar
US10726435B2Apparatus, system, and method for target search and using geocaching
US9384578B2Augmented reality design system
US10505726B1System and method for providing cryptographically secured digital assets

These patents indicate that Nike is ready to enter the world of Metaverse as these patents relate to creating and interacting with virtual world around us, adding to the domain of augmented reality and mixed reality.

Adding to these insights, it was also interesting to note that Nike’s patents US20150183161A1, US9005710B2, and, US9004675B2 indicates the use of 3D printing technology in the manufacturing process of apparel and footwear.

What Technologies are Covered by Nike Patents?

Nike Patent Portfolio Technology Area

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

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

Authored By: Navjyot Singh, Insights;Gate Team

Updated on November 2, 2022

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