What Did The Patent Landscape of Disney Look Like?

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The Walt Disney Company is a diversified global entertainment company that produces films, television programs, and theme park attractions. It was founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney and is headquartered in Burbank, California. 

As of April 2023, Disney’s market capitalization was approximately $370 billion, making it one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world.  

Disney has a total of 2503  patents families globally. Out of 2503patents, 1741 patents families are active.    

Have a look at some of the most well-known patents held by Disney that we have covered in this article. You can also get information on Disney patents, the global patent filing activity country wise, its historical patent filing trends, and many more statistics regarding Disney patent portfolio. 

Patent-Application Success Trend Year Wise in Disney

What Did The Patent Landscape of Disney Look Like?

This chart shows the number of applications filed and the number of grants from these applications. Grant rate is a good indicator to identify successful applications and the graph helps to understand the progress in the technology area. 

Detailed Patent Portfolio Of Disney

Publication Type 

Simple Legal Status 

Legal State 

Count of Publications 

APPLICATION 

DESIGN 

ACTIVE 

DEAD 

GRANTED 

839 

DISCONTINUATION 

180 

LAPSED 

96 

WITHDRAWN 

29 

EXPIRED 

22 

NON-PAYMENT 

15 

REJECTED 

13 

ABANDONED 

12 

ACTIVE 

CEASED 

12 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

66 

PUBLISHED 

13 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

68 

PATENT 

PATENT 

ACTIVE 

ACTIVE 

DEAD 

GRANTED 

30 

GRANTED 

860 

EXPIRED 

164 

ACTIVE 

CEASED 

44 

PENDING 

NON-PAYMENT 

22 

DESIGN 

UTILITY MODEL 

DEAD 

REVOKED 

12 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

12 

Technology Domain-wise Patent Trend in Disney

What Did The Patent Landscape of Disney Look Like?

The chart above distributes patents filed till 2021 in Disney on the basis of the technology protected in patents. This helps to understand the most frequently used concepts and the key focus areas in the technology space.

Top Publications In The Domain With Their Forward Citation Frequency

The table below depicts the patents with most number of forward citations. These patents are likely to be the source of advancement in the domain and can be considered as valuable and core inventions. 

Publication Number 

Year Wise Break Down 

Count of Citing Patents 

< 2006 

2006-2010 

2011-2015 

2016-2020 

>2020 

US-5405152-A 

199 

164 

458 

182 

10 

1013 

US-5963915-A 

211 

270 

370 

121 

36 

1008 

US-6446261-B1 

108 

218 

303 

190 

62 

881 

US-6005597-A 

179 

218 

284 

98 

24 

803 

US-5751956-A 

149 

152 

192 

105 

12 

610 

US-5905865-A 

163 

136 

176 

97 

9 

581 

US-5931908-A 

78 

97 

185 

131 

46 

537 

US-5327521-A 

92 

136 

111 

69 

20 

428 

US-20040133923-A1 

15 

102 

101 

145 

50 

413 

US-5696892-A 

103 

102 

151 

42 

5 

403 

Who Were The Leading Patent Filers Countries Till 2021 In Disney? 

What Did The Patent Landscape of Disney Look Like?

IPC Classification Wise Patent Trend In Disney

The table below represents the top 10 market domains according to their IPC classification where inventors believed it was critical to safeguard certain technical inventions. 

IPC Classification 

Number of Applications 

Number of Granted 

% Granted 

ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (G06F) 

648 

292 

45 

IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL (G06T) 

478 

232 

49 

PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION (H04N) 

468 

217 

46 

CARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (A63F) 

200 

101 

51 

TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (H04L) 

176 

76 

43 

RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (G06K) 

173 

77 

45 

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (G06Q) 

146 

53 

36 

MERRY-GO-ROUNDS; SWINGS; ROCKING-HORSES; CHUTES; SWITCHBACKS; SIMILAR DEVICES FOR PUBLIC AMUSEMENT (A63G) 

115 

67 

58 

OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02B) 

106 

52 

49 

APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (G03B) 

103 

75 

73 

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