Waymo Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Waymo has a total of 3476 patents globally, out of which 1898 have been granted. Of these 3476 patents, more than 92% patents are active. United States of America is where Waymo has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by China and Europe. Parallelly, United States of America seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Waymo.

Waymo was formed in the year 2009 is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google. Company is doing business in the development of autonomous driving technology. As of December 2021, Waymo has a market valuation of over $30 Billion.

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

How many patents does Waymo have?

Waymo has a total of 3476 patents globally. These patents belong to 1077 unique patent families. Out of 3476 patents, 3199 patents are active.

How many Waymo patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Waymo Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Waymo Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Waymo File Every Year?

Waymo 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 GrantWaymo Applications FiledWaymo Patents Granted
2011331
20121034
201319931
201415867
2015180139
2016240142
2017472152
2018717166
2019620267
2020549387
2021177520

How Many Patents did Waymo File in Different Countries?

Waymo Patent Portfolio Worldwide Filing Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Waymo Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America1496
China360
Europe278
Korea (South)267
Japan246
Australia151
Singapore95
Canada83
Israel58
United Kingdom55
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)13
Taiwan6
Mexico5
New Zealand5
Spain2
Denmark1
Germany1

Where are Research Centers of Waymo Patents Located?

Waymo R&D Centers

10 Best Waymo Patents

US9383753B1 is the most popular patent in the Waymo portfolio. It has received 344 citations so far from companies like Uber Technologies, Luminar Technologies and Qualcomm.

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

Publication NumberCitation Count
US9383753B1344
US8634980B1304
US8660734B2270
US8260482B1268
US8996224B1255
US8457827B1253
US8818608B2249
US9188985B1245
US7295904B2239
US8836922B1237

Which Companies are using Waymo 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 Waymo patent portfolio are Ford Motor, Toyota and Gm Global Technology Operations.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Ford Motor129
Toyota114
Gm Global Technology Operations95
UATC66
Hona Motor60
Robert Bosch Gmbh58
Baidu44
Zoox40
Denso37
IBM36

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Waymo Patents

Waymo Patent Portfolio

Top Waymo Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8660734B2100
US8825258B238
US7295904B234
US9342074B233
US8849494B132
US9720410B230
US9248834B128
US9188985B124
US9436182B223
US8634980B122

What Percentage of Waymo US Patent Applications were Granted?

Waymo (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 1237 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 929 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 97.07%.

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

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Waymo?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationSuccess Rate
Waymo Llc58596.66%
Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff Llp Waymo55597.56%
Fish & Richardson P C61100.00%
Wickens Herzer Panza19100.00%
Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff250.00%
Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff Llp1100.00%
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz Llp1100.00%
Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar Llp1100.00%
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C1100.00%

Waymo’s mission is “To make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.”

The Waymo Driver is the epitome of completely autonomous technology that keeps you in control from pick-up to drop-off. Passengers aren’t even have to be able to drive. They can relax in the back seat and enjoy the ride while the Waymo Driver safely transports them to their destination.

The company’s vehicles are equipped with sensors that provide 360-degree views and lasers that detect things up to 300 metres away, allowing them to operate completely autonomously. Radar is used to look around cars and track moving things, while short-range lasers detect and focus on anything close to the vehicle.

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What are Waymo key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Waymo?

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

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

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Updated on December 20, 2021

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