What Did The Patent Landscape of Microsoft Look Like?

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Microsoft is a multinational technology corporation that develops, licenses and sells software, consumer electronics, and personal computers. It was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company is best known for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software suite, but it also offers a range of other products and services, including cloud computing solutions, gaming devices, and mobile devices. With a market capitalization of over $2 trillion, Microsoft is one of the largest and most influential companies in the technology industry.

Microsoft has a total of 55797 patents globally. Out of 55797 patents, 24029 patents are active. 

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

What Did The Patent Landscape Of Microsoft Look Like?

What Did The Patent Landscape of Microsoft 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 Microsoft

Publication Type 

Simple Legal Status 

Legal State 

Count of Publications 

APPLICATION 

DEAD 

DISCONTINUATION 

8197 

LAPSED 

5504 

NON-PAYMENT 

3216 

WITHDRAWN 

1518 

REJECTED 

728 

CEASED 

628 

EXPIRED 

525 

ABANDONED 

308 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

10287 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

1069 

PUBLISHED 

625 

UNDETERMINED 

UNDETERMINED 

308 

PATENT 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

9895 

RESTORATION 

308 

DEAD 

NON-PAYMENT 

3749 

EXPIRED 

3254 

CEASED 

1009 

WITHDRAWN 

308 

REJECTED 

308 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

308 

DESIGN 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

2943 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

1681 

NON-PAYMENT 

308 

OTHERS 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

308 

DEAD 

NON-PAYMENT 

308 

UTILITY MODEL 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

308 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

308 

Technology Domain-wise Patent Trend in Microsoft

What Did The Patent Landscape of Microsoft Look Like?

The chart above distributes patents filed till 2021 in Microsoft 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-6698020-B1 

286 

617 

728 

480 

200 

2311 

US-6385596-B1 

363 

586 

561 

430 

120 

2060 

US-6310610-B1 

14 

217 

565 

876 

233 

1905 

US-5883810-A 

378 

550 

410 

362 

172 

1872 

US-5616876-A 

198 

484 

468 

404 

100 

1654 

US-6052735-A 

187 

385 

502 

387 

170 

1631 

US-5774668-A 

417 

443 

404 

264 

79 

1607 

US-5875108-A 

230 

342 

545 

333 

48 

1498 

US-5815665-A 

442 

455 

335 

175 

30 

1437 

US-5915001-A 

425 

378 

319 

244 

25 

1391 

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What Did The Patent Landscape of Microsoft Look Like?

IPC Classification Wise Patent Trend In Microsoft

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) 

31980 

11764 

37 

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

8201 

3279 

40 

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) 

4419 

1059 

24 

PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION (H04N) 

3307 

1344 

41 

IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL (G06T) 

2728 

1241 

45 

SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING (G10L) 

2559 

1208 

47 

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

2107 

841 

40 

COMPUTER SYSTEMS BASED ON SPECIFIC COMPUTATIONAL MODELS (G06N) 

1814 

463 

26 

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS (H04W) 

1645 

662 

40 

TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (H04M) 

1580 

739 

47 

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