What Did The Patent Landscape of General Motors Look Like?  

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General Motors (GM) is a multinational corporation based in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It was founded on September 16, 1908, by William C. Durant and Charles Stewart Mott. GM is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and produces a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs, under various brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC. 

General Motors has a total of 41356 patents globally. Out of 41356patents, 14426 patents are active. As of April 2023, GM has a market capitalization of around $86 billion, making it one of the largest automotive companies in the world. The United States of America is where General Motors has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Germany and China and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for General Motors is USA & China. 

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

Patent-Application Success Trend Year Wise in General Motors

What Did The Patent Landscape of General Motors 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 General Motors

Publication Type 

Simple Legal Status 

Legal State 

Count of Publications 

APPLICATION 

DEAD 

WITHDRAWN 

6294 

NON-PAYMENT 

2577 

DISCONTINUATION 

1751 

REJECTED 

1059 

EXPIRED 

687 

LAPSED 

398 

CEASED 

339 

ABANDONED 

228 

REVOKED 

228 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

5438 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

1454 

PUBLISHED 

228 

PATENT 

DEAD 

CEASED 

3114 

NON-PAYMENT 

3071 

EXPIRED 

2895 

WITHDRAWN 

606 

ABANDONED 

228 

REVOKED 

228 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

4792 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

228 

UTILITY MODEL 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

2363 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

1352 

NON-PAYMENT 

581 

CEASED 

228 

DOUBLE 

228 

REVOKED 

228 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

228 

DESIGN 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

1605 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

243 

OTHERS 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

228 

Technology Domain-wise Patent Trend in General Motors

What Did The Patent Landscape of General Motors Look Like?  

The chart above distributes patents filed till 2021 in General Motors 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-8060250-B2 

0 

1 

4 

475 

347 

827 

US-20100256852-A1 

0 

1 

88 

395 

189 

673 

US-5001558-A 

84 

97 

184 

227 

46 

638 

US-5931757-A 

91 

293 

94 

32 

31 

541 

US-20110190972-A1 

0 

0 

76 

261 

155 

492 

US-4987357-A 

32 

55 

150 

187 

43 

467 

US-6478705-B1 

26 

237 

84 

49 

31 

427 

US-6217474-B1 

121 

229 

43 

26 

0 

419 

US-20100104199-A1 

0 

16 

98 

213 

88 

415 

US-20030231550-A1 

14 

60 

140 

125 

52 

391 

Who Were The Leading Patent Filers Countries Till 2021 In General Motors? 

What Did The Patent Landscape of General Motors Look Like?  

IPC Classification Wise Patent Trend In General Motors

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 

VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (B60R) 

4478 

1964 

44 

GEARING (F16H) 

2952 

1468 

50 

MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (B62D) 

2924 

1477 

51 

PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY (H01M) 

2126 

862 

41 

ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES (B60K) 

2051 

1013 

49 

CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (F02D) 

1895 

893 

47 

CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT (B60W) 

1855 

659 

36 

SEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (B60N) 

1390 

598 

43 

ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (G06F) 

1373 

513 

37 

GAS-FLOW SILENCERS OR EXHAUST APPARATUS FOR MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL; GAS-FLOW SILENCERS OR EXHAUST APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES (F01N) 

1307 

597 

46 

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