Aramco has registered 773 US patents (till the filing of this report) in 2021, according to the US legal resource website Justia, leading most other national oil and energy companies for patents filed per year.
The company registered 103 patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in August 2021, while its highest figure was in June, when it registered 129 patents.
Last year, Aramco was 70 on the list of companies that registered the patents in the US. It got issued 683 patents that year, 30 per cent more on the year before, and was second only to Halliburton among oil and gas exploration and production companies.
Amongst Aramco’s recent patents is creating 4D guided history matched models of reservoirs (International Application No PCT/US2021/013154).
Reservoir simulation models are used to forecast future reservoir behavior and to optimally manage reservoir production.
Once a model has been history matched, it can be used to simulate future reservoir behaviour with a higher degree of confidence, particularly if the adjustments are constrained by known geological properties in the reservoir.