Number of Microsoft patents by filing year and legal status worldwide 1998-2018

Microsoft filed a total of 2,514 patent families in 2017. This was only slightly less than in 2016. The company filed the biggest number of patent families in 2005. The timeline is based on data provided by PatentSight.
Microsoft is one of the biggest technology companies in the United States and has its headquarters in Richmond, Washington.

Number of Microsoft patent families* worldwide by filing year from 1998 to 2018, by legal status

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

September 5, 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 the year 2018 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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