Vodafone Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Vodafone was founded in 1982 by Ernest Harrison and Gerry Whent and is doing business as a Telecommunications company. The Company offers wide range products of Mobile & Fixed Telecommunications, Internet and Technology. As of November 2021, Vodafone has a market cap of $43.02 Billion.

Vodafone has a total of 6978 patents globally, out of which 3579 have been granted. Of these 6978 patents, more than 34% patents are active. Europe is where Vodafone has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by USA and Germany and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Vodafone is Europe. Europe seems to be the main focused R&D center and UK is the origin country of Vodafone.

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

How many patents does Vodafone have?

Vodafone has a total of 6978 patents globally. These patents belong to 2832 unique patent families. Out of 6978 patents, 2378 patents are active.

How many Vodafone patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Vodafone File Every Year?

Vodafone Patent Filing

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 GrantVodafone Applications FiledVodafone Patents Granted
2011283183
2012213288
2013217239
2014317272
2015332189
2016273155
2017115131
201853125
201939147
202028138
20211880

How Many Patents did Vodafone File in Different Countries?

Vodafone Patent Worldwide

Countries in which Vodafone Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Europe1565
United States Of America895
Germany876
United Kingdom758
Spain531
Turkey389
Japan329
Austria252
China161
Australia125
Korea (South)81
India74
Canada50
Italy50
Mexico36
Poland34
Denmark31
Portugal28
Russian Federation24
Brazil20
Czech Republic18
South Africa16
Norway15
Taiwan12
Singapore11
Finland8
Hungary8
France8
Slovakia8
Greece7
Argentina7
Ukraine7
Sweden6
New Zealand5
African Regional Industrial Property Organization5
Slovenia5
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)5
Netherlands4
Israel4
Romania3
Malaysia2
Estonia1
Switzerland1
Indonesia1
Lithuania1
Cyprus1
Croatia1

Where are Research Centers of Vodafone Patents Located?

Research Centers of Vodafone Patents

10 Best Vodafone Patents

US20130326583A1 is the most popular patent in the Vodafone portfolio. It has received 235 citations so far from companies like Amazon, Intel, Microsoft and Apple.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US20130326583A1235
EP2400373A1222
US6141609A220
US20160249233A1155
US20110057873A1155
US8639260B2152
GB2457221A148
US8538428B2144
US20090217036A1136
US20080263139A1134

Which Companies are using Vodafone 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 Vodafone patent portfolio are Ericsson, Samsung and Qualcomm.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Ericsson103
Samsung88
Qualcomm69
Huawei56
Nokia48
Microsoft29
Apple29
IBM29
Cisco26
LG25

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Vodafone Patents

Top Vodafone Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20130326583A129
US9654357B222
US20120202491A121
US8639260B220
US8064395B220
US8706148B219
US20090221307A118
US20110263274A114
US8543112B214
US8868072B213
US8705743B213
US6230922B113
US9154994B213
US8971243B212
US8620336B212

What Percentage of Vodafone US Patent Applications were Granted?

Vodafone (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 830 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 584 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 71.22%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Vodafone?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Workman Nydegger29365.40%
Stites & Harbison8255.56%
Thomas C Pontani7198.53%
Muirhead And Saturnelli6588.89%
International Ip Law Group5855.17%
Kratz Quintos & Hanson4185.37%
Kriegsman & Kriegsman2755.56%
Mayback & Hoffman27100.00%
Grossman Tucker Perreault & Pfleger1680.00%
Mintz Levin Special Group1266.67%

“Our mission is to bring the future forward, by bringing the outside in.”

Vodafone continues to innovate, developing innovative technologies that empower people and make the world a better place. Vodafone has risen to become one of the main telecommunications companies today as a result of this.

There is no room for complacency in a quickly changing world. Vodafone is constantly on the lookout for new ideas, collaborations, and partnerships.

Vodafone’s innovation strategy is focused around:

ARVR: It may sound fantastic to blur the barriers between virtual and real life, but it’s not all science fiction. There are already some very genuine and practical uses, and Vodafone believes there is a lot more room for growth.

Security & Identity: Vodafone is committed to protecting its customers’ cyber security, privacy, and identity as a trusted provider. It envisions a linked world with a seamless user experience while maintaining the greatest standards of trustworthiness.

Artificial Intelligence: We live in a world where intelligent machines can better comprehend and support humans. Vodafone is enthusiastic in researching and developing this technology, as well as understanding what it could entail for both its business operations and its customers. It is already using chatbots for customer service and launching a slew of new initiatives.

Internet of Things: Humans were the only ones who could communicate with one another in the past. More and more of the objects in our environment are now able to speak with one another. In a connected world, the Internet of Things throws up a slew of new possibilities and ways to live, work, and play.

What are Vodafone‘s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Vodafone Patents?

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

R&D FocusHow Vodafone research focus changed over the years?

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

Updated on December 3, 2021

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