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Number of General Electric patents by filing year & legal status worldwide 1999-2019

In 2019, General Electrics filed 495 patent families. The timeline is based on data provided by PatentSight. The largest number of patents were filed in 2011 with 4,153 total filings. Of those filings, 1,435 patent families have since gone inactive while 49 families filed that year are still waiting on full protection as of the 6th of August 2019. Currently the company owns a total of 35.766 active patent families.

Number of General Electric patent families* worldwide by filing year from 1999 to 2019, by legal status

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Source

In cooperation with
LexisNexis PatentSight
Release date

August 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

August 6, 2019

Supplementary notes

* A patent family is defined as a group of patent documents all of which have the same set of priorities. I.e., it is a group of patent documents that protect the same invention across authorities.

** The 'In force' category covers patent families that have been granted and are active.

*** As it usually takes 18 months after first filing for a patent to get published, the data for 2019 is subject to change.

The owner of a patent includes all patents owned by a company and its subsidiaries (by at least 50%) based on comprehensive research on corporate structures, M&A, Spin-offs, company names changes, patent transactions. PatentSight also tracks former names of companies and subsidiaries, ongoing mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of the past, reassignments, companies that have the same applicant, and transliterations by patent offices.

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