Umicore Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Umicore has a total of 7536 patents globally, out of which 4122 have been granted. Of these 7536 patents, more than 50% patents are active. The United States of America is where Umicore has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and China. Parallelly, Europe seems to be the main focused R&D centre and also Belgium is the origin country of Umicore.

Umicore was founded in the year 1805. Umicore is a materials technology business that specializes in zinc as well as innovative materials, precious metal products, and catalysts. As of April 2023, Umicore has a market cap of $7.85 Billion.

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

How many patents does the CEO of Umicore have?

The CEO Mathias Miedreich have 19 patents.

How many patents does Umicore have?

Umicore has a total of 7536 patents globally. These patents belong to 1833 unique patent families. Out of 7536 patents, 3820 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Umicore File Every Year?

Umicore 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 GrantUmicore Applications FiledUmicore Patents Granted
202356
202278276
2021173290
2020339299
2019461328
2018408274
2017457238
2016435238
2015369240
2014384251
2013275217
2012395211
2011333162

How many Umicore patents are Alive/Dead?

Umicore Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Umicore File in Different Countries?

Umicore Worldwide Patent Filing

Countries in which Umicore Filed Patents

CountryPatent
United States Of America1066
Europe1022
Japan772
Germany699
China698
Korea (South)602
India278
Brazil214
Canada203
Taiwan162
Austria155
Poland142
Russia115
Spain79
Australia68
South Africa67
Hungary53
Denmark47
Mexico33
Norway32
Italy29
Portugal19
Singapore18
Indonesia18
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)15
France14
Malaysia14
Chile13
Serbia11
Argentina11
Peru11
Africa10
Viet Nam8
Albania7
Philippines7
Czech Republic7
Croatia6
Israel6
Slovenia5
United Kingdom4
Morocco4
New Zealand4
Slovakia4
Lithuania4
Belgium4
Cuba3
Turkey3
Colombia2
Switzerland2
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia2
Finland2
Netherlands2
Algeria1
Uzbekistan1
Uruguay1
Eurasia1
Malta1
Thailand1
Cyprus1

Where are Research Centres of Umicore Patents Located?

R&D Centres of Umicore

10 Best Umicore Patents

US6964828B2 is the most popular patent in the Umicore portfolio. It has received 349 citations so far from companies like 3M, Envia Systems and Quantumscape.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6964828B2349
US7078128B2270
WO2004076829A1210
US6660432B2171
US6585944B1155
US6468941B1147
US6348430B1145
US6387338B1130
US6620955B1129
US7026495B1123

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

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

Examiners at the USPTO referred 388 Umicore patents in 1883 rejections (35 USC § 102 or 35 USC § 103 types).

The top citing companies in the Umicore patent portfolio are Toyota, Basf and Johnson Matthey.

List of the Companies whose Patents were rejected citing Umicore –

CompanyNumber of Patent Applications that faced Rejection Citing Umicore PatentsNumber of Rejections (102 & 103)
Toyota4893
Basf42110
Johnson Matthey3487
Lg Chem2866
Ford2572
Gm Global Technology2346
Samsung2267
Hyundai1859
Nissan1441
Cataler Corporation1214

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Umicore Patents

Top Umicore Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8227372B213
US9548498B213
US8304362B212
US20070089403A112
US20050014056A111
US7141270B211
US6713031B29
US6550250B29
US7189375B29
US8226896B29
US8852452B28
US8246923B28
US6660432B28
US7419740B28
US10109848B27

What Percentage of Umicore US Patent Applications were Granted?

Umicore (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 243 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 152 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 81.28%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Umicore?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Nk Patent Law15690.00%
Crowell3647.22%
Sughrue Mion1080.00%
Myers Bigel8100.00%
3M7100.00%
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein4100.00%
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear475.00%
Apex Attorneys3100.00%
Jciprnet333.33%
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath2100.00%

What are Umicore key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Umicore?

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

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

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