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Inventor Profile: Thomas Edison

Updated Time: 15 Nov 2018

Thomas Edison was a named inventor on a total of 498 patents. The main technology areas that he had innovated in is electrodes. His most famous invention is the electric light bulb. Thomas was named as an inventor in patents from 1879 to 1933.

82 Active Patents

41 Grants

50 Applications

There are currently 82 active patents for which Thomas Edison was an inventor. There have been 41 applications and 50 patents granted in the last 100 years.

Key Technologies

Top 10 technology areas that Thomas Edison's innovation efforts fall into, with the size of the box corresponding to the number of patents.

Influential Patents

The graph shows the top 5 patents for which Thomas Edison was a named inventor that have been cited most frequently by other patents. It indicates which patents are more prolific and have had their technology built upon by others.


The graph below shows co-inventors of Thomas Edison and the number of patents on which they are named.


Patent Owners

The graph below shows the top companies and individuals and the number of patents they own where Thomas Edison was an inventor. 

Geographic Prominence

The geographic map below shows the breakdown of Thomas Edison's patents across different jurisdictions. It indicates the markets where her technology contributions were prominent and commercialised.

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