Pixar Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Pixar has a total of 507 patents globally, out of which 390 have been granted. Of these 507 patents, more than 67% patents are active. The USA is where Pixar has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by European Countries and New Zealand, it has generated an annual revenue of $134.2 million in the year 2021. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D center of Pixar.

Pixar was founded in the year 1986 by Edwin Catmull & Alvy Ray Smith. Pixar is a computer animation studio based in California that is best recognised for its critically and commercially successful computer animated feature films. It is situated in Emeryville, California, and is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company’s Walt Disney Studios.

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

How many patents does the founders of Pixar have?

The founder, Edwin Catmull & Alvy Ray Smith, have 1 and 4 patents respectively.

How many patents does Pixar have?

Pixar has a total of 507 patents globally. These patents belong to 261 unique patent families. Out of 507 patents, 344 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Pixar File Every Year?

Pixar 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 GrantPixar Applications FiledPixar Patents Granted
20113540
2012840
20132541
20141431
2015821
2016926
2017828
2018119
2019518
2020215
20212
2022

How many Pixar patents are Alive/Dead?

Pixar Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Pixar File in Different Countries?

Pixar Worldwide Patent Filing

Where are Research Centres of Pixar Patents Located?

Of all the 261 R&D Centres, all of them are located in USA.

10 Best Pixar Patents

US6608631B1 is the most popular patent in the Pixar portfolio. It has received 177 citations so far from companies like Sony, Philips, and Adobe.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6608631B1177
US6707452B1110
US6760024B177
US20070262988A158
USRE42287E157
US20050248573A153
US20040227761A148
US8799821B144
US8493383B141
US8269778B138

Which Companies are using Pixar 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 Pixar patent portfolio are Microsoft , Haier, and Disney.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Microsoft21
Sony15
Disney14
Intel13
Samsung10
Apple9
Nvidia7
Dreamworks Animation7
Adobe7
Google5

Do read our analysis on What’s Inside Disney Patent Portfolio?

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Pixar Patents

Pixar Patents

Top Pixar Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US9208610B29
US7565625B28
US7324069B27
US7516158B26
US7969433B26
US6760024B15
US8478064B25
US7515155B25
US7348977B25
US10607319B24
US7233328B24
US8654121B14
US10311552B24
US8219637B24
US20070262988A14

You might also want to read our analysis on Disney Patents – Key Insights and Stats

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What are Pixar’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Pixar?

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

R&D Focus: How has Pixar’s search focus changed over the years?

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