Rolls-Royce Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Rolls-Royce has a total of 21369 patents globally, out of which 10824 have been granted. Of these 21369 patents, more than 51% patents are active. United States of America is where Rolls-Royce has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by the United Kingdom and Europe. Parallelly, the United Kingdom seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also is the origin country of Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce was founded in the year 1906. Rolls-Royce produces gas turbines for civil and military aircraft in the aviation, marine and industrial markets. For the marine propulsion, oil and gas pumping, and defence markets, the company designs, builds, and installs power generation, transmission, and distribution systems and equipment. As of June 2023 Rolls-Royce, has a market cap of $16.03 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of Rolls-Royce have?

The founder Charles Rolls, Henry Royce have 6, 116 patents and CEO Tufan Erginbilgic have 0 patents.

How many patents does Rolls-Royce have?

Rolls-Royce has a total of 21369 patents globally. These patents belong to 9219 unique patent families. Out of 21369 patents, 10960 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Rolls-Royce File Every Year?

Rolls-Royce 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 GrantRolls-Royce Applications FiledRolls-Royce Patents Granted
202361223
2022636459
2021776331
202012401286
201921021701
201816061216
20171395970
20161630732
20151496639
20141167630
20131140495
20121244469
20111268379

How many Rolls-Royce patents are Alive/Dead?

Rolls-Royce Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Rolls-Royce File in Different Countries?

Rolls-Royce Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Rolls-Royce Filed Patents

CountryPatent
United States Of America6276
United Kingdom4566
Europe4220
Germany3147
China635
Canada600
Japan274
Austria259
Singapore208
France83
Korea (South)67
India65
Spain65
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)60
Italy44
Russia25
Australia22
Norway16
Brazil12
Hungary12
Poland9
Denmark7
Israel7
Belgium6
Slovenia4
Slovakia3
Portugal3
Mexico3
Indonesia3
Argentina3
Ukraine2
South Africa1
Switzerland1
Philippines1
New Zealand1
Taiwan1

Where are Research Centres of Rolls-Royce Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Rolls-Royce


10 Best Rolls-Royce Patents

WO2013052950A1 is the most popular patent in the Rolls-Royce portfolio. It has received 230 citations so far from companies like Energous Corp, WIGL.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Rolls-Royce:

Publication NumberCitation Count
WO2013052950A1230
US7640802B2158
US7317261B2153
US20070176312A1120
US7451592B2106
US20160355272A193
US7591183B292
US7090165B291
EP2525049A288
US8246299B287

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to Rolls-Royce patents?

The statistics below share strategic R&D insights. It tells the companies that were trying to protect inventions similar to Rolls-Royce invention. They couldn’t because Rolls-Royce had protected those before them.

Examiners at the USPTO referred 2102 Rolls-Royce patents in 8862 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Rolls-Royce patent portfolio are Raytheon Technologies, General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Rolls-Royce –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Rolls-Royce PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Raytheon Technologies9712250
General Electric8301888
Safran Aircraft Engines172345
Pratt & Whitney161376
Siemens138275
Utc Aerospace Systems99180
United Technologies Corporation92230
Boeing85153
Honeywell76147
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction3380

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Rolls-Royce Patents

Top Rolls-Royce Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8246299B222
US7938624B220
US8852720B219
US7317261B218
US8324746B217
US7107756B217
US9194243B216
US8470460B216
US20070176312A116
US9713912B215
US8124252B215
US7451592B215
US9624583B214
US7266945B214
US9376213B213

What Percentage of Rolls-Royce US Patent Applications were Granted?

Rolls-Royce (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 4429 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 3333 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 78.98%.

Below are the key stats of Rolls-Royce patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Rolls-Royce?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Oliff306077.02%
Manelli Selter19586.15%
Cushman Darby & Cushman18696.24%
Barnes & Thornburg18179.04%
Melcher Patent Law16886.31%
Shumaker & Sieffert12663.46%
Crowell Indianapolis8564.79%
Grogan Tuccillo & Vanderleeden73100.00%
Simpson & Simpson3865.79%
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman3271.88%

What are Rolls-Royce key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Rolls-Royce?

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

R&D Focus: How has Rolls-Royce search focus changed over the years?

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