Most Patents by One Person

The most patents by one person have been published in several articles; such an accomplishment doesn’t go unnoticed. There are very people who hold such an accomplishment, as filing for patent protection can be both time consuming and costly.

Kia Silverbook

Australian native Kia Silverbook has a total of 3,800 U.S. utility patents (as of April 2011). He patented his first invention in 1990 and has only gained momentum since then. Most of his patents involve printer and digital paper products, including the Point and Print printer and Memjet printer.

Donald Weder

  • Patents floral and decorative packaging products

  • Has been patenting his products since the 1970s

  • Holds 989 utility patents

  • Holds 413 design patents

Shunpei Yamazaki

Born in 1942, Yamazaki has been patenting his products for over 40 years, and currently holds over 2,600 U.S. patents along with thousands of patents in Europe, Japan, and several other countries. Overall, he holds more than 11,000 patents (as of June 2016). A majority of his patents deal with computer/video screens for his company; he also patents circuits made out of glass.

Paul Lapstun

  • 951 patents in the U.S. and over 3,000 patents worldwide

  • Australian inventor operating in the technology industry

Leonard Forbes

A Canadian inventor, Forbes runs a business operating in the solar cell technology industry. He has 946 U.S. utility patents, along with over 2,000 patents issued worldwide. One of his most notable patents is the memory cell with vertical transistor.

Lowell Wood

  • At 74 years old, Wood still patent products to this day.
  • He generates over 100 new inventions every year.
  • He has also been a co-inventor in approximately 2,500 U.S. patent applications that are currently pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • He patents products in the medicinal industry, and helps create new vaccinations.

Thomas Edison

Probably one of the most popular individuals on this list is Thomas Edison. Most famously known for his invention of the light bulb, Edison has patented a variety of unique inventions, including the movie camera and phonograph. Between 1869 and 1933, he had patent protection on 1,084 inventions, which was the record during that time period.

John F. O’Connor

  • Operated in the locomotive industry, having earned 948 utility patents here in the U.S.

  • Invented such creations between 1864 and 1938

Jun Koyama

As of 2014, Koyama was the holder of 952 patents. He works in the technology field creating liquid crystal displays, semi-conductor devices, and other technical circuits. Koyama is also a co-inventor with Yamazaki on a total of 782 patents that have been filed over the past 25 years.

George Albert Lyon

  • Lyon was an inventor throughout his lifetime, until his death in 1961.

  • He holds 993 utility patents.

  • He invented such things as car bumpers, wheel covers, and other automobile-related safety products.

  • He is also the creator of Lyon, Inc., the largest supplier of stainless steels products in the world during the 20th century.

Gurtej Sandhu

Sandhu, born in 1960, holds a total of 1,093 U.S. utility patents. As a Director of advanced technology development at Micron Technology, Inc., he operates in the field of semiconductors, including chip and device packaging and other related processes in this field.

Roderick Hyde

  • Hyde has worked with Lowell Wood on space technology creations. The most notable idea they both had was how to propel a starship using nuclear fusion explosions, and how to also build a space fountain that would have the ability to lift objects into the Earth’s orbit.
  • However, today, Hyde is interested in finding new ideas and products for gene editing technology.
  • He currently holds 932 patents.