Twitter Patents – Insights & Stats (Updated 2023)

Twitter has a total of 2170 patents globally, out of which 1819 have been granted. Of these 2170 patents, more than 88% patents are active. The United States of America is where Twitter has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Korea (south) and Japan and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Twitter is the USA. Parallelly, the USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Twitter.

Twitter was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Noah Glass. Twitter doing business as a social networking platform. The company offers a range of products in Blogging Platforms, Messaging, SMS, Social Media, etc.

Jack Dorsey served as the company’s CEO until November 2021. Parag Agrawal has taken his place.

Also on 2022, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, bought Twitter for $44 billion, making it one of the biggest takeovers ever.

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

How many patents does Twitter have?

Twitter has a total of 2170 patents globally. These patents belong to 1301 unique patent families. Out of 2170 patents, 1929 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Twitter 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 GrantTwitter Applications FiledTwitter Patents Granted
2023229
2022122349
2021166233
2020301143
201912564
20187542
201715244
201611529
20159020
20146014
20134516
2012294
201115

How many Twitter patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

How Many Patents did Twitter File in Different Countries?

Countries in which Twitter Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America1437
Korea (South)162
Japan108
Europe108
United Kingdom84
Germany59
Brazil38
China20
India11
Canada8
Spain6
Norway6
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)6
Australia4
Italy4
Singapore3
Mexico2
Luxembourg1
Africa1
Denmark1
Taiwan1

Where are Research Centers of Twitter Patents Located?

10 Best Twitter Patents

US8516590B1 is the most popular patent in the Twitter portfolio. It has received 386 citations so far from companies like FireEye, Cisco and Evidon.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US8516590B1386
US8370938B1315
US7710874B2301
US8806647B1299
US7225142B1281
US8555391B1264
US7024369B1245
US7038392B2201
US7701970B2164
US6996768B1156

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 729 Twitter patents in 6058 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Twitter patent portfolio are IBM, Microsoft, and Dell.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Twitter –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Twitter PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
IBM341690
Microsoft173380
Dell150353
Google66133
Samsung Electronics59118
Oracle International Corporation58144
Globalfoundries5199
Meta Platforms Inc48115
Sap Se48116
Amazon3454

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Twitter Patents

Top Twitter Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US10721499B236
US8543454B232
US9542489B228
US8862591B226
US7749822B226
US8516374B224
US8516590B122
US9129641B222
US7688349B221
US10455291B221
US8676830B219
US7703048B219
US7752501B218
US7725498B217
US7720804B217

What Percentage of Twitter US Patent Applications were Granted?

Twitter (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 1356 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 1287 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 99.15%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Twitter?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
International Business Machines Corporation402100.00%
Fish & Richardson21999.46%
Brake Hughes Bellermann10797.44%
Inactive Rsw Iplaw53100.00%
Inactive Pou Iplaw40100.00%
Twitter Cardspring Llc3889.66%
Schmeiser Olsen & Watts26100.00%
Inactive Rps Ip Law24100.00%
Inactive Cam Iplaw21100.00%
Duke W Yee General17100.00%

Twitter’s main competitive edge is real-time news, and its ability to disseminate it to a larger audience using creative tactics should attract additional users.

Individuals used Twitter as a source of industry-related information, ideas, promotion, and invention. Twitter fosters the development of meaningful business relationships by facilitating the real-time communication of new, expert, and high-quality information within like-minded communities, between businesses and their suppliers, customers, and peers.

With the launch of Moments – also known as “Project Lightning,” Twitter allowed users to experience the best of Twitter in real time in terms of news, events, and TV shows with a single click of a button, without having to follow specific accounts. Embedded tweets are another important technique for Twitter to reach out beyond its current user base. Embedded tweets, according to the business, reach a billion people every month around the world. It created a new curator tool and a new collections interface to make it easier for users to find and publish a series of tweets, thereby expanding their reach.

Twitter’s ability to generate business relationships by allowing consumer and peer dialogues that eventually help the development of product and service improvements. Marketers may use Twitter to inform and engage customers and peers in their networks on a variety of topics, simultaneously growing their own and their companies’ brands.

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What are Twitter’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Twitter?

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

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

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