Sony Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Sony has a total of 95533 patents globally, out of which 35166 have been granted. Of these 95533 patents, more than 78% patents are active. United States of America is where Sony has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Japan and China and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Sony is USA & Japan. Parallelly, Japan seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Sony.

Sony was founded in 1946 by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka. Sony doing business as a Conglomerate Company. The Company offers wide range of products of Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors, Telecommunications Equipment, Robots and Computer hardware, etc. As of December 2021, Sony has a market cap of $156.45 Billion.

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

How many patents does Sony have?

Sony has a total of 95533 patents globally. These patents belong to 26420 unique patent families. Out of 95533 patents, 75007 patents are active.

How many Sony patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Sony Patent Portfolio

Patent Families

Sony Patent

How Many Patents did Sony File Every Year?

Sony 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 GrantSony Applications FiledSony Patents Granted
2011395538
201210927158
20139549367
201497871130
201587322145
201692953794
2017104004400
2018109874824
2019119325897
202075486530
202124215883

How Many Patents did Sony File in Different Countries?

Sony Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Sony Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America23031
Japan19003
China13666
Europe8445
Korea (South)3385
Taiwan2324
India1301
Germany886
Brazil832
United Kingdom760
Russian Federation629
Canada593
Australia548
Mexico382
Viet Nam265
Indonesia249
Singapore232
Malaysia211
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)196
Thailand169
South Africa131
Philippines131
Spain89
Turkey80
Chile48
Uruguay44
Argentina31
Ecuador21
Costa Rica18
Poland14
Belgium12
Hungary12
France8
Denmark8
Honduras7
African Regional Industrial Property Organization7
Portugal6
Guatemala5
Peru4
Cuba4
Israel4
Colombia3
Nicaragua2

Where are Research Centers of Sony Patents Located?

Research Centers of Sony Patents

10 Best Sony Patents

JP2012160679A is the most popular patent in the Sony portfolio. It has received 285 citations so far from companies like Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, Japan Display and Toshiba.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
JP2012160679A285
US20130137455A1252
US20130050069A1241
US9288597B2223
JP2013046412A217
US9099787B2210
US20130279724A1205
US20120257035A1185
US20130128059A1181
WO2016156236A1155

Which Companies are using Sony 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 Sony patent portfolio are Samsung, Canon and LG.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Samsung1271
Canon483
LG431
Qualcomm386
Microsoft372
IBM312
Intel290
Apple289
Google237
Huawei228

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Sony Patents

Top Sony Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8793620B252
US8987794B241
US9900224B238
US9484447B237
US10204658B237
US10120438B235
US20130050069A131
US20120223956A130
US9818225B229
US9276921B228
US9825881B226
US9908048B225
US9551873B225
US9012284B225
US9649558B224

What Percentage of Sony US Patent Applications were Granted?

Sony (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 63272 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 48825 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 82.48%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Sony?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt709182.07%
Chip Law Group520177.37%
Dentons Us Llp481585.27%
Haug Partners Llp390789.32%
K&L Gates Llp342782.11%
Sony264482.13%
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks248077.21%
Fishman Stewart236683.81%
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner182575.27%
Paratus Law Group169874.94%

The Technology Driven methodology fits Sony’s innovation strategy perfectly. Sony develops cutting-edge technologies that meet the needs of its customers. To maintain their market position, Sony is always improving the quality and design of their products. Aside from that, Sony mostly develops innovations in order to locate or establish markets through the digital revolution and improvement.

Sony is today’s camera technology leader, a fact that is sometimes missed because much of that technology is found in smartphones marketed by others.

Sony’s innovation strategy model focuses on strengthening their key areas of digital imaging, gaming, and mobile, which are the three primary segments of the company’s electronics business.

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What are Sony‘s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Sony?

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

R&D FocusHow Sony search focus changed over the years?

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

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Updated on February 14, 2022

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