Salesforce Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Salesforce has a total of 4918 patents globally, out of which 2857 have been granted. Of these 4918 patents, more than 85% patents are active. United States of America is where Salesforce has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Japan, it has generated an annual revenue of $17.1 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Salesforce.

Salesforce was founded in the year 1999 by Marc Benioff and Parker Harris. Company is doing business in cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform. As of January 2022, Salesforce has a market cap of $218.79 Billion.

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

How many patents does the founder and the CEO of Salesforce have?

The CEO and co-founder, Marc Benioff has 0 patents and the co-founder Parker Harris has 0 patents respectively.

How many patents does Salesforce have?

Salesforce has a total of 4918 patents globally. These patents belong to 2717 unique patent families. Out of 4918 patents, 4224 patents are active.

How many Salesforce patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Salesforce Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Salesforce Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Salesforce File Every Year?

Salesforce 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 GrantSalesforce Applications FiledSalesforce Patents Granted
201126817
201221145
2013332120
2014285179
2015327195
2016364245
2017559247
2018687230
2019810376
2020522545
2021169595
202236

How Many Patents did Salesforce File in Different Countries?

Salesforce Worldwide Filing in Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Salesforce Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America4204
Europe130
Japan124
Canada86
China82
Australia69
Brazil11
India8
Taiwan6
Israel6
Germany4
Singapore2
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)2
Korea (South)1
Hungary1

Where are Research Centers of Salesforce Patents Located?

Salesforce R&D Centers

10 Best Salesforce Patents

US7730478B2 is the most popular patent in the Salesforce portfolio. It has received 663 citations so far from companies like Boadin Technology and Oracle.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US7730478B2663
US8095531B2446
US7209929B2390
US20130055147A1377
US9760620B2267
US7800613B2201
USD786896S1182
USD798886S1174
USD761812S1173
USD753703S1158

Which Companies are using Salesforce 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 Salesforce patent portfolio are IBM, Microsoft, and SAP.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
IBM419
Microsoft307
SAP132
Oracle117
Google89
Facebook78
Amazon78
The Bank Of New York50
Samsung39
Adobe37

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Salesforce Patents

Salesforce patent portfolio

Top Salesforce Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8566648B226
US9984126B221
US9479387B221
US9240016B220
US7800613B219
US10701054B219
US9307006B218
US9569511B217
US8595635B216
US20120144501A116
US9264391B215
US10319046B215
US8886766B214
US7565338B214
US8918085B213

What Percentage of Salesforce US Patent Applications were Granted?

Salesforce (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 3459 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2275 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 84.35%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Salesforce?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Salesforce Com Inc62381.00%
Lkglobal Salesforce45272.16%
Salesforce Com Inc Dergosits & Noah27682.72%
Sfdc Jwmh24590.04%
Salesforce Com Holland & Hart18589.34%
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt Salesforce Com15687.70%
Kwan & Olynick Llp Salesforce15485.71%
Butzel Salesforce14378.95%
Salesforce Com Skgf13795.92%
Salesforce Com Inc Zilka Kotab Pc12397.56%

Salesforce is changing the way we live, work, and interact with one another. Its primary aim is to keep leveraging its incredible culture of invention to deliver solutions that help customers change their businesses digitally. Even though the company has gone a long way since 1999, its innovation strategy hasn’t changed.

Salesforce is about to enter a new era in corporate software. Disruptive technologies such as AI and IoT, as well as voice and augmented reality, are speeding the pace of change and will be implemented in the future.

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What are Salesforce key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Salesforce?

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

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

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