Amazon has filed more than fourteen thousand patent applications at an impressive grant rate of 97.26% at the USPTO. At present, Amazon has 1109 pending US patent applications. We analyzed the pending applications by using our GreyB’s FIT (File Impediment Tracker) Tool.
The FIT tool helps in-house counsels save the IP budget. It finds patents applications increasing prosecution costs due to prolonged prosecution cycle, more OAs, appeals, amendments, and RCEs, and suggests remedial actions and strategies.
Impediment Status/Prosecution Health of Amazon’s Pending Applications
To determine the impediment status, we have segregated the pending applications of Amazon into the below three categories:
- SOS – Facing High difficulty at USPTO
- At-Risk – Applications that were running smoothly but of late have started displaying high probabilities of turning into an SOS application
- On-Track – Running smooth as butter
Below exhibit displays the impediment status of applications:
Office Actions Statistics of Amazon’s Pending Applications
37.8% of pending applications haven’t received a single office action, and their examination has yet to begin. Also, Amazon’s average office action rate is 1.8 office actions per patent application. Considering this, 24.2 % of pending applications of Amazon have an OA rate greater than its average OA rate.
Cool Fact: For Amazon, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has a minimum average number of office actions – 1.64 OA per patent application.
Year-wise distribution of Amazon’s Pending Patent Applications
The per-year count of pending applications has increased steadily over the last decade for Amazon. The dip in 2020 is because not all the applications filed in 2020 have been published yet.
Amazon’s average grant time is 3.12 years. 20.48% of pending applications of Amazon have been in prosecution for 3 or more than 3 years. You can find more about these 20.48% lot here: Amazon patent applications that have been in prosecution for 3 or more years
Law Firms Prosecuting Pending Applications of Amazon at the USPTO
The table below has details of law firms prosecuting the pending applications. You can check the top law firms that prosecuted most patents for Amazon here: Law firms that prosecuted most patents for Amazon at the USPTO
|Law Firm||Number of Patents|
|Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin & Goetzel||302|
|Davis Wright Tremaine||175|
|Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear||109|
|Lee & Hayes||60|
|Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton||34|
|Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson||14|
|Thorpe, North & Western||6|
|Quarles & Brady||6|
|Patterson + Sheridan||5|
|Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton||1|