Patent Prosecution Statistics of Pending Applications of Google

Google has filed more than fourteen thousand patent applications at an impressive grant rate of 87% at the USPTO. At present, Google has 3065 pending US patent applications. We analyzed the pending applications by using GreyB’s FIT (File Impediment Tracker) Tool.

The FIT tool helps in-house counsels save the IP budget. It finds patent 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 Google’s Pending Applications

To determine the impediment status, we have segregated the pending applications of Google 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

The below exhibit displays the impediment status of applications:


Office Actions Statistics of Google’s Pending Applications

44.4% of pending applications haven’t received a single office action, and their examination has yet to begin. Also, Google’s average office action rate is 1.77 office actions per patent application. Considering this, 32% of pending applications of Google have an OA rate greater than its average OA rate.

Interview Statistics

Year-wise distribution of Google’s Pending Patent Applications

The per-year count of pending applications has increased steadily over the last decade for Google.

Google’s average grant time is 2.87 years. ~17% of pending applications of Google have been in prosecution for 3 or more than 3 years. You can find more about these 17% lot here: Google patent applications that have been in prosecution for 3 or more years

RCE Statistics

Law Firms Prosecuting Pending Applications of Google 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 Google here: Law firms that prosecuted most patents for Google at the USPTO

Law FirmNumber of Patents
Fish & Richardson P.C.546
Dority & Manning P.A. And Google Llc250
Google Llc233
Middleton Reutlinger (Google Llc)233
Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff Llp207
Foley & Lardner Llp199
Byrne Poh Llp/Google Llc186
Honigman Llp-Google153
Google129
Colby Nipper / Google126
Brake Hughes Bellermann Llp101
Waymo Llc99
Lowenstein Sandler Llp / Google / Google97
Cojk/Verily Life Sciences Llc82
Verily / Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp73
Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A.70
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun Llp (Google)48
Ip Spring – Le42
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Llp; Fitbit34
Google Llc – Nest Labs / Kilpatrick Townsend27
Jason Lohr-Fitbit21
Butzel Long / 03012019
Byrne Poh Llp / Google Technology Holdings Llc13
Loon Llc12
Cozen O”Connor/North11
Oblon/Google8
Haynes And Boone, Llp (56866)7
Perkins Coie Llp – Verily Life Sciences6
Cojk/Wing Aviation Llc4
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun Llp (Google/Atap)4
Marton Ribera Schumann & Chang Llp4
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Llp (Pa)(Google)4
Setter Roche Llp – Verily4
Honigman Llp-Motorola Mobility3
Leason Ellis Llp2
Dority & Manning, P.A. And Google Technology1
Google/Technology Holdings Llc1
Haynes And Boone, Llp (60430)1
Honigman Llp-Boston Dynamics1
Johnson, Marcou, Isaacs & Nix, Llc1
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, Llp1
Lowenstein Sandler Llp1
Polsinelli Pc1
Updated on March 9, 2021

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