Rio Tinto Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Rio Tinto has a total of 5121 patents globally, out of which 2401 have been granted. Of these 5121 patents, more than 35% patents are active. Australia is where Rio Tinto has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by USA and Canada, it has generated an annual revenue of $44.6 billion in the year 2021. Parallelly, Australia seems to be the main focused R&D centre and is also the origin country of Rio Tinto.

Rio Tinto was founded in the year 1873 by Hugh Matheson. Rio Tinto is a multinational Anglo-Australian firm that is the world’s second-largest metals and mining company (behind BHP). As of April 2022, Rio Tinto has a market cap of $132.66 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of Rio Tinto have?

The founder, Hugh Matheson, has 0 patents. The CEO, Jakob Stausholm, has 0 patents.

How many patents does Rio Tinto have?

Rio Tinto has a total of 5121 patents globally. These patents belong to 1284 unique patent families. Out of 5121 patents, 1799 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Rio Tinto File Every Year?

Rio Tinto 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 GrantRio Tinto Applications FiledRio Tinto Patents Granted
2011289152
2012263131
2013220109
2014351150
201524327
201614932
20178683
201889115
2019111121
202088122
202129100
2022428

How many Rio Tinto patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Rio Tinto Worldwide Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Rio Tinto File in Different Countries?

Rio Tinto Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Rio Tinto Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Australia788
United States Of America388
Canada322
Europe344
India242
Brazil238
China221
Germany199
South Africa137
Japan129
Chile122
France106
Korea (South)106
Russia104
Spain102
Argentina100
Mexico96
Indonesia92
Austria85
Viet Nam76
Peru70
New Zealand67
Malaysia61
Gulf Cooperation Council46
Norway45
Africa52
Eurasian Patent Organization41
Denmark39
Poland34
Ukraine30
Taiwan29
Slovenia23
Egypt20
Iceland18
Saudi Arabia17
Czech Republic16
Hungary15
Mongolia14
Serbia11
United Kingdom10
Portugal9
Turkey7
Colombia6
Philippines6
Kazakhstan6
Uruguay5
Slovakia5
Algeria4
Ecuador3
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
United Arab Emirates2
Montenegro2
Romania2
Italy1
Tunisia1
Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro1
Croatia1
Belarus1
Lithuania1
Sweden1
Singapore1
Panama1
Morocco1
Jordan1

Where are Research Centres of Rio Tinto Patents Located?

Research Centres of Rio Tinto

10 Best Rio Tinto Patents

US6440356B2 is the most popular patent in the Rio Tinto portfolio. It has received 83 citations so far from companies like Berry Metal Company and Technological Resources Pty.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Rio Tinto:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6440356B283
US6706909B165
US7449130B261
US6447860B158
US6379424B154
US6398842B253
US6572296B252
US6517605B151
US20050266570A149
US20090159434A148

Which Companies are using Rio Tinto 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 Rio Tinto patent portfolio are Technological Resources Pty Ltd, Tata Steel, and Minesense Technologies.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Technological Resources Pty21
Tata Steel10
Minesense Technologies6
Caterpillar5
Shandong Molong Petroleum Machinery4
Kobe Steel4
Corteva Agriscience3
Siemens Mobility3
Nippon Light Metal3
Norsk Hydro2

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Rio Tinto Patents

Top Rio Tinto Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8612084B27
US8857915B26
US6368548B15
US7163974B25
US8240480B25
US20050224145A14
US6989126B24
US7575622B24
US20050050996A14
US20040045638A14
US8875901B24
US7914601B23
US20060133949A13
US8315838B23
US20130098807A13

Their most intelligent mining is the Gudai-Darri (Koodaideri) iron ore project. Gudai-Darri features more than 70 design breakthroughs, in addition to technologies already in use across Rio Tinto, such as autonomous vehicles, trains, and drills.

Fully integrated mine operating and simulation systems, such as digital twin technology, will be used in the mines. Digital twins, which were pioneered by NASA, are virtual representations of a physical environment – such as a space station – that allow you to swiftly test multiple scenarios. These twins blend data from real-world processing plants with historical data, such as design and production. This allows the field personnel and those in our remote operations centre to view the same data and make decisions based on real-time data in seconds rather than hours or days. They can also test methods for increasing output without destroying parts or disturbing operations.

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What are Rio Tinto’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Rio Tinto?

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

R&D Focus: How has Rio Tinto‘s search focus changed over the years?

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