Nikon Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Nikon has a total of 48239 patents globally, out of which 20069 have been granted. Of these 48239 patents, more than 62% patents are active. Japan is where Nikon has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by USA and China and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Nikon is Japan & USA. Parallelly, Japan seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Nikon.

Nikon was founded in 1917 by Koyata Iwasaki. Nikon doing business as a consumer electronics company. The company offers wide range of products on cameras, telescope, microscopes, riflescopes, ophthalmic lenses and instrumental products, etc. As of December 2021, Nikon has a market cap of $3.80 Billion.

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

How many patents does Nikon have?

Nikon has a total of 48239 patents globally. These patents belong to 27582 unique patent families. Out of 48239 patents, 30084 patents are active.

How many Nikon patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Nikon Patent Portfolio

Patent Families

Nikon Patent

How Many Patents did Nikon File Every Year?

Nikon 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 GrantNikon Applications FiledNikon Patents Granted
201129091342
201230241804
201327632436
201416242270
201513381418
201615491506
201717481373
201817311359
201912871279
20206541084
2021216866

How Many Patents did Nikon File in Different Countries?

Nikon Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Nikon Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Japan26199
United States Of America6683
China2713
Europe2067
Korea (South)2033
Taiwan1974
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)772
India362
Singapore329
Australia326
Germany183
Austria105
United Kingdom90
Canada76
Israel75
Brazil44
Russian Federation31
Denmark23
Spain23
Mexico10
Indonesia8
South Africa8
Italy7
Thailand5
Poland4
Portugal4
Turkey3
Malaysia3
Viet Nam2
Belgium1
Estonia1
Ukraine1
New Zealand1
Netherlands1
Eurasian Patent Organization1
Cyprus1
Colombia1
France1

Where are Research Centers of Nikon Patents Located?

10 Best Nikon Patents

US6626834B2 is the most popular patent in the Nikon portfolio. It has received 986 citations so far from companies like Ethicon Llc, C. R. Bard and Cilag Gmbh.

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

Publication NumberCount of Citing Patents
US6626834B2986
US20020041377A1741
US6600547B2710
US20050153424A1552
WO2004053951A1544
WO2004053957A1529
US6811953B2460
JP2003249443A336
US20070070859A1276
US6633364B2270

Which Companies are using Nikon 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 Nikon patent portfolio are Canon, Asml Netherlands Bv and Samsung.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Canon740
Asml Netherlands Bv444
Samsung268
Sony262
Carl Zeiss Smt236
Olympus Corporation152
Fujifilm83
Epson65
Tsmc64
Toshiba52

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Nikon Patents

Top Nikon Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7395606B253
US7379890B233
US7161621B225
US20120311462A124
US7542012B223
US20040207743A123
US7388649B222
US20120290977A122
US20070070859A122
US8466998B221
US8488847B221
US8928795B220
US7990429B220
US7732744B218
US7591078B218

What Percentage of Nikon US Patent Applications were Granted?

Nikon (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 8363 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 5951 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 73.69%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Nikon?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Oliff Plc291471.16%
Shapiro And Shapiro125373.25%
Staas & Halsey73067.79%
Sgpatents53486.40%
Klarquist Sparkman39176.33%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner23174.09%
Venable Llp19998.49%
Roeder & Broder15068.92%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius13381.95%
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt9663.44%

Nikon is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge photography equipment. Nikon is committed to advancing R&D and technological innovation in order to assure the development of novel manufacturing technologies and new solutions to a variety of problems. Also, to emphasise Nikon’s opto-electronics and precision technologies’ strong technical capabilities and corporate value.

It is critical to continue basic R&D efforts with a long-term vision in order to improve Nikon’s present companies and build new ones. Nikon conducts research and development in a wide range of technologies, including optics, precise measurement and production, image processing, materials, software and systems, and opto-electronics and precision technologies.

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What are Nikon’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Nikon?

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

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

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