Spotify Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

With over 356 million monthly active users and 158 million paying subscribers, Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming service. Founded in 2006 in Sweden, Spotify is available in 178 countries and has a library of 90 million songs.

Spotify’s Innovations across Technologies in Last 5 Years

TechnologyNo. Of Patents
Contextual And Location Aware Services90
Personalized Media Recommendations80
User Interface Design75
Music And Audio Recognition51
Synchronized Playback Across Devices35
Voice Control And Virtual Assistants34
Advertising And Sponsor-Directed Content25
Playlist, Shuffling And Queue Management24
Vehicle And Appliance Integration22
Media Caching And Buffering18
Storage And Database Management13
Plagiarism Detection And Media Rights Management9
User Demographic Analysis6
Live Streaming And Event Management4
Payments And Transactions Systems2

How many patents does Spotify have?

Spotify has a total of 1110 patents globally. These patents belong to 449 unique patent families. Out of 1110 patents, 965 patents are active.

How many Spotify patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did Spotify 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 GrantSpotify Applications FiledSpotify Patents Granted
202333
202241126
2021103103
202017891
201917768
201811871
201711756
201612326
201511711
2014592
2013524
2012133
201132

How Many Patents did Spotify File in Different Countries?

How Many Patents did Spotify File in Different Countries?

CountryPatents
United States Of America750
Europe217
Germany23
China15
Korea (South)13
Japan11
United Kingdom6
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)3
Croatia2
Hungary2
Slovenia2
Spain2
Sweden2
Denmark2
Lithuania2
Portugal1
India1
Serbia1
Brazil1
Canada1
Norway1
Poland1

What Technologies are Covered by Spotify Patents?

Spotify Technology Area Patents

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

Spotify Technology Protected in Different Countries

Where are Research Centers of Spotify Located?

Spotify R&D Center

R&D FocusHow Spotify Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Spotify Technology Through the Year

10 Best Spotify Patents

US20160260140A1 is the most popular patent in the Spotify portfolio. It has received 80 citations so far from companies like Sonos Inc, Amper Music Inc, and Shutterstock Inc.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20160260140A180
USD830375S173
USD815130S159
US9934785B158
USD815128S148
US20140289241A146
USD824924S146
US8898766B242
USD781906S137
USD815127S137

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 128 Spotify patents in 614 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Spotify patent portfolio are Google, TiVo Corporation and Apple.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Spotify –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Spotify PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Google1731
TiVo Corporation1527
Apple1329
Microsoft1122
Meta1025
Chase Bank914
At&T813
Rovi Guides Inc711
LG Electronics79
Samsung710

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Spotify Patents

Top Spotify Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US9319445B218
US9043850B218
US10620797B210
US8073854B29
US9380059B28
US9883284B28
US20140289241A18
US9063640B28
US8280539B28
US9787687B27
US9529888B27
US8898766B27
US9195383B26
US10440075B25
US9402093B25

What Percentage of Spotify US Patent Applications were Granted?

Spotify (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 497 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 354 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 89.62%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Spotify?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Merchant & Gould Pc25295.79%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp15091.07%
Tucker Ellis Llp9174.16%
Maginot Moore & Beck Llp1100.00%
Merchant & Gould10%
Moore & Van Allen Pllc1100.00%
Sbpj Scienbizip Pc10%

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