Western Digital Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Western Digital has a total of 31347 patents globally, out of which 14731 have been granted. Of these 31347 patents, more than 53% patents are active. United States of America is where Western Digital has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Japan. Parallelly, USA seems to be the main focused R&D center and is also the origin country of Western Digital.

Western Digital was founded in 1970 by Jacob Braun. Western Digital is a global provider of solutions for the collection, storage, management, protection and use of digital content, including audio and video. The Company’s products include hard drives, solid-state drives, and home entertainment and networking products. As of April 2022, Western Digital has a market cap of $16.58 Billion.

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

How many patents does the Founder and CEO of Western Digital have?

The Founder Jacob Braun has 0 patents and the CEO David Goeckeler have 0 patents.

How many patents does Western Digital have?

Western Digital has a total of 31347 patents globally. These patents belong to 14731 unique patent families. Out of 31347 patents, 16725 patents are active.

How Many Patents did Western Digital File Every Year?

Western Digital Patents 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 GrantWestern Digital Applications FiledWestern Digital Patents Granted
20111512619
20121435376
20131798646
20141980999
201519351087
20161455771
20171258434
201812241073
201914071134
20201383919
2021523399
2022184

How many Western Digital patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Western Digital Patents Portfolio

How Many Patents did Western Digital File in Different Countries?

Western Digital Worldwide Patents

Countries in which Western Digital Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America18027
China3089
Japan1945
Germany1413
Europe1185
Korea (South)1080
Taiwan953
Singapore322
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)294
Malaysia209
United Kingdom188
Australia109
India99
Ireland61
Canada48
Austria23
France22
Thailand8
Philippines8
Hungary6
Poland6
Russia6
Brazil4
Israel4
Spain2
Viet Nam2
Netherlands2
Czech Republic2
United Arab Emirates1

Where are Research Centers of Western Digital Patents Located?

Research Centers of Western Digital Patents

10 Best Western Digital Patents

US6456528B1 is the most popular patent in the Western Digital portfolio. It has received 1916 citations so far from companies like Anobit Technologies, Toshiba and Apple.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Western Digital:

Publication NumberCitation Count
US6456528B11916
US6522580B21888
US20060008256A11287
US20050229069A11284
US6420215B11252
US6426893B1906
US7196928B2831
US6859397B2803
US6643188B2706
US20060140007A1695

Which Companies are using Western Digital 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 Western Digital patent portfolio are Micron Technology, Samsung and Seagate Technology.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Micron Technology1471
Samsung Electronics1102
Seagate Technology720
Sk Hynix702
IBM672
Toshiba Memory524
Intel464
Toshiba397
Jpmorgan Chase Bank Na347
Bank Of New York Mellon Trust Co Na228

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Western Digital Patents

Top Western Digital Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US20060008256A174
US20100211872A147
US20080301256A147
US20130275656A137
US20110055471A137
US20110258391A133
US20050251617A133
US20130198459A131
US20110066808A130
US20040083335A129
US20090172335A128
US20070145135A127
US7653778B226
US20130227236A126
US20130132638A126

What Percentage of Western Digital US Patent Applications were Granted?

Western Digital (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 10185 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 9396 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 96.6%.

Below are the key stats of Western Digital patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Western Digital?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Western Digital Technologies Inc388698.07%
Patterson Sheridan Llp65290.42%
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Llp36695.34%
Wagner Blecher Llp344100.00%
Thomas R Berthold32498.77%
Vierra Magen29094.44%
Patterson & Sheridan Llp26490.91%
Foley & Lardner Llp21295.75%
John D Henkhaus21191.67%
Crowell & Moring20298.81%

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What are Western Digital’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Western Digital?

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

R&D Focus: How has Western Digital‘s search focus changed over the years?

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Updated on May 2, 2022

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