Vale Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Vale has a total of 1938 patents globally, out of which 1052 have been granted. Of these 1938 patents, more than 47% patents are active. Brazil is where Vale has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by United States of America and Australia, it has generated an annual revenue of $56.86 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, Brazil seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Vale.

Vale was founded in the year 1942 by Vargas Era federal government of Brazil. Company is doing business in metals and mining. As of January 2022, Vale has a market cap of $76.01 Billion.

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

How many patents does the CEO of Vale have?

The CEO, Eduardo de Salles Bartolomeo has 0 patents.

How many patents does Vale have?

Vale has a total of 1938 patents globally. These patents belong to 656 unique patent families. Out of 1938 patents, 918 patents are active.

How many Vale patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Vale Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Vale Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Vale File Every Year?

Vale 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 GrantVale Applications FiledVale Patents Granted
20118857
201216449
201323154
201411875
201511271
20163472
20175371
20188554
20196474
20204076
2021561
20221

How Many Patents did Vale File in Different Countries?

Vale Worldwide Filing in Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Vale Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Brazil444
United States Of America154
Australia137
Canada127
Japan75
Europe74
China66
Korea (South)59
Chile54
India50
Indonesia45
Russia43
Taiwan42
Germany40
South Africa33
Argentina29
Peru28
Mexico27
Africa27
Philippines25
Malaysia19
Spain13
Sweden13
Finland12
Denmark12
Cuba12
France9
Dominican Republic9
Austria9
Norway9
Ukraine8
Italy8
Kazakhstan8
Viet Nam7
Colombia7
Poland6
Ecuador6
Eurasia6
Singapore5
United Kingdom5
Mongolia5
Saudi Arabia4
Turkey4
Uruguay4
Morocco4
Netherlands3
New Zealand3
Serbia2
Papua New Guinea2
Honduras2
Egypt2
Bolivia2
Guatemala2
Mozambique2
Switzerland1
Belgium1
Paraguay1
Croatia1
Tunisia1

Where are Research Centers of Vale Patents Located?

Vale R&D Centers

10 Best Vale Patents

US6349249B1 is the most popular patent in the Vale portfolio. It has received 167 citations so far from companies like Dbt America, Samsung, and Komatsu.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6349249B1167
US6608913B1114
US7020307B298
WO2001059401A172
US7004326B153
US20110000666A145
US20040115536A145
US6701631B139
WO2009109020A133
US6428604B132

Which Companies are using Vale 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 Vale patent portfolio are Sumitomo, Hoganas, and Caterpillar.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Sumitomo9
Hoganas4
Caterpillar3
Aci Solar Holdings3
Freeport Minerals Corporation2
Mitsui Mining & Smelting2
Merlin Solar Technologies2
Lockheed Martin2
Clean Teq Holdings1
Sustainable Water Treatment1

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Vale Patents

Vale patent portfolio

Top Vale Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20040115536A18
US20050221163A16
US8110076B25
US7309374B25
US8456159B25
US7020307B24
US20110027069A13
US6428604B13
US6608913B13
US6349249B13
US6701631B13
US6270554B12
US8829899B22
US7964016B22
US8747795B21

Patents acquired by Vale

Vale has acquired 3 patents from other companies which are not associated with Vale Bank.

CompanyPatent Families
Nitech1
Stork Prints1
Heraldo Da Silva Couto1

List of acquired patents of Vale

Publication NumberTitlePatents Acquired From
US20020155338A1Electrochemical CellNitech
EP1346184B1Heat ExchangerStork Prints
BRPI0603913B1Addicted Steam GeneratorHeraldo Da Silva Couto


For us, innovation is the key to generating shared value with society and building a safer, more sustainable and collaborative future.

Vale is dedicated to utilising and developing cutting-edge technology in all of our operations, particularly in the manufacturing, shipping, use, recycling, and disposal of nickel products. Every step of the process, Vale considers the quality, safety, health, and environmental impact of its products.

Vale’s production is automated, eliminating workers from dangerous work environments and boosting the company’s agility and productivity. Major judgments are aided by artificial intelligence.

Vale use technology to rethink our work processes and eliminate risk situations in order to establish itself as a leader in security and risk management.

Vale has a holistic view of the value chain and works closely with customers to develop unique products and services.

Vale’s business is boosted by renewable energy, which leads to carbon neutrality and new mining and processing technologies that lower the company’s environmental imprint.

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What are Vale key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Vale?

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

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

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

Updated on February 14, 2022

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