Qualcomm Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Qualcomm has a total of 263708 patents globally, out of which 114046 have been granted. Of these 263708 patents, more than 62% patents are active. United States of America is where Qualcomm has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and China. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Qualcomm.

Qualcomm was founded in 1985 by Irwin Jacobs and Andrew Viterbi. Qualcomm operates as a multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. The Company develops and delivers digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA digital technology. Qualcomm serves customers worldwide. As of December 2021, Qualcomm has a market cap of $186.48 Billion.

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

How many patents does the CEO of Qualcomm have?

The CEO, Cristiano Amon has 0 patents.

How many patents does Qualcomm have?

Qualcomm has a total of 263708 patents globally. These patents belong to 73479 unique patent families. Out of 263708 patents, 163759 patents are active.

How many Qualcomm patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Qualcomm Patents Portfolio

Patent Families

Qualcomm Patents

How Many Patents did Qualcomm File Every Year?

Qualcomm Patents 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 GrantQualcomm Applications FiledQualcomm Patents Granted

How Many Patents did Qualcomm File in Different Countries?

Qualcomm Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Qualcomm Filed Patents

United States Of America48327
Korea (South)18720
Russian Federation3218
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2976
Viet Nam1360
United Kingdom745
South Africa513
New Zealand374
Saudi Arabia100
African Regional Industrial Property Organization68
Eurasian Patent Organization67
African Intellectual Property Organization42
Costa Rica24
Czech Republic17
Dominican Republic14
El Salvador11
San Marino9
Gulf Cooperation Council8
Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro1

Where are Research Centers of Qualcomm Patents Located?

10 Best Qualcomm Patents

US6674562B1 is the most popular patent in the Qualcomm portfolio. It has received 1569 citations so far from companies like Sharp Corporation, Apple and Magna Electronics.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count

Which Companies are using Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm patent portfolio are Samsung, LG and Ericsson.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Qualcomm Patents

Top Qualcomm Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications

What Percentage of Qualcomm US Patent Applications were Granted?

Qualcomm (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 43211 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 31132 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 79.67%.

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

Which Law Firms are Managing Most US Patents for Qualcomm?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Holland & Hart298883.80%
Arent Fox226774.46%
Patterson Sheridan179679.56%
Shumaker & Sieffert150882.82%
Paradice And Li146274.03%
Loza & Loza Llp145675.48%
Muncy Geissler Olds & Lowe125866.06%
The Marbury Law Group93365.43%
Harrity & Harrity73591.76%

Patents acquired by Qualcomm

Qualcomm has acquired 604 patents from other companies which are not associated with Qualcomm.

Below the chart shows the top 10 patent acquisitions of Qualcomm –

CompanyPatents Families
Palm Inc100
TDK Corporation67
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation37
RF Micro Devices19

List of acquired patents of Qualcomm from 2015 onwards

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US7116040B2Electronic Component And Filter Including The SameTDK Corporation
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US6696736B2Piezoelectric Substrate For Surface Acoustic Wave Device, And Surface Acoustic Wave DeviceTDK Corporation
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US6316860B1Surface Acoustic Wave Device, And Its Fabrication ProcessTDK Corporation
US6259187B1Piezoelectric Bulk Acoustic Wave DeviceTDK Corporation
US6258459B1Multilayer Thin FilmTDK Corporation
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Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G, and 5G smartphone. Company bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing.

Qualcomm continues to spearhead research for the 5G evolution—the latest global wireless standards. These R&D efforts are leading to the invention of technologies that will unlock the full potential of 5G and enable an even more intelligently connected future.

Cybertrust Japan, SB Technology Corp, and Qualcomm intend to collaborate to support the deployment of smart solutions through the Qualcomm® IoT Services Suite offering to help businesses and entities looking to adopt and integrate smart solutions initially in Japan, with intent to expand globally in the future.

Leading industry innovators Vodafone, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Thales have joined forces to demonstrate a working smartphone featuring iSIM (based on the ieUICC[1] GSMA specification), iSIM is a new technology enabling the functionality of a SIM card to be integrated into a device’s main processor. This milestone paves the way for the commercialization of the technology, which could be rolled out in a host of new devices. iSIM is the latest evolution of SIM technology in which ‘eSIMs’ are embedded into devices.

iSIM technology is a significant evolution on existing eSIM solutions and delivers wholesale benefits to both consumers and telecommunications operators. iSIMs enable mobile services to be integrated into devices beyond the mobile phone, such as laptops, virtual reality platforms, IoT devices, wearables, and more.


What are Qualcomm’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Qualcomm?

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

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


Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by Qualcomm?

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