Top 10 Companies That Won The Most US Patents In 2019

The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) grants hundreds of thousands of patents every year. Companies pour billions of dollars into R&D to develop innovative solutions, and then get their technologies patented. The intellectual property gives them an edge over rivals, helping them build new products and improve existing ones. Here we take a look at the top 10 companies that won the most US patents in 2019.

Top 10 companies that won the most US patents in 2019

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Folks at IFI Claims Patent Services have analyzed the patent activity in the US last year. According to IFI Claims, the USPTO granted a record 333,530 patents in 2019, up 15% from 2018. The impressive jump has partially to do with the fact that the number of patents granted in 2018 were down 3.5% compared to 2017. However, the number of patent applications filed in 2019 also hit a record high.

The US companies accounted for 49% of the US patents granted in 2019. It was followed by Japan with 16% and South Korea at 7%. Samsung and LG accounted for most of the patents filed by Korean companies. For the first time, China surpassed Germany to occupy the fourth spot at 5%. Germany was not far behind, though.

Larry Cady of IFI Claims said Chinese companies are aggressively pursuing the US dominance in global technology. Telecom giant Huawei entered the top 10 for the first time with 2,418 patents. Another Chinese firm BOE Technology Group was not far behind with 2,177 patents.

The so-called FAANG companies are the undisputed leaders in their respective markets, but they did not win as many patents as many older and traditional companies. The FAANG company that won the most US patents was Apple with 2,790 patents. It occupied the 7th spot. Facebook ranked 36th, Amazon was at number-nine, Netflix was not even in the top 50, while Google ranked 15th.

Companies that won the most US patents

The ranking was topped by IBM. That shouldn’t come as a surprise because IBM has been at the top every year for almost three decades! Korean electronics heavyweight Samsung Electronics was the distant second.

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