SpaceX Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

SpaceX has a total of 143 patents globally, out of which 51 have been granted. Of these 143 patents, more than 83% patents are active. The United States of America is where SpaceX has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Germany and Taiwan. The USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of SpaceX.

SpaceX was founded in the year 2002 by Elon Musk and Tom Mueller. The company designs and manufactures rockets and space crafts and develops crew and cargo capsules, engines, cryogenic tank structures, avionics, and equipment.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of SpaceX have?

The Founder and CEO Elon Musk has 18 patents.

How many patents does SpaceX have?

SpaceX has a total of 143 patents globally. These patents belong to 53 unique patent families. Out of 143 patents, 120 patents are active.

How Many Patents did SpaceX File Every Year?

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 GrantSpaceX Applications FiledSpaceX Patents Granted
20232
20223227
20212515
2020427
2019372
20185
20161
20091
20051

How many SpaceX patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did SpaceX File in Different Countries?

Countries in which SpaceX Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America84
Germany26
Taiwan10
Japan5
Canada3
United Kingdom1

What Technologies are Covered by SpaceX Patents?

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

Where are the Research Centres of SpaceX Patents Located?

Research Centres of SpaceX Patents

R&D Focus: How SpaceX Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

10 Best SpaceX Patents

US20180241122A1 is the most popular patent in the SpaceX portfolio. It has received 19 citations so far from companies like Qorvo Us Inc, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20180241122A119
US20190252800A19
US10770790B18
US7503511B28
JP1676650S5
JP1676653S5
JP1676652S4
JP1676651S4
US11283666B13
JP1676649S3

How many inventions of other companies were rejected due to SpaceX patents?

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 4 SpaceX patents in 6 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The citing companies in the SpaceX patent portfolio are Samsung, Texas Instruments and Rohde & Schwarz.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing SpaceX –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing SpaceX PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Samsung13
Texas Instruments11
Rohde & Schwarz Gmbh11
Hughes Network Systems11

What Percentage of SpaceX US Patent Applications were Granted?

SpaceX (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 63 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 33 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 94.29%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for SpaceX?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Polsinelli Pc6397.06%

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Our comprehensive report provides an in-depth look into the patent portfolio. The report includes a breakdown of the patent portfolio across various technologies, listing the patent along with brief summaries of each patent's technology.