Top 10 Companies That Won The Most US Patents In 2019

However, IFI Claims found that if you look at the total number of active patents held by a business group (for instance, Samsung Electronics and its subsidiaries), Samsung is far ahead of IBM at 76,638 active patents. IBM holds a total of 37,304 active patent families.

Samsung has diversified business interests spanning electronics hardware, AI, security, software, and accessories. In contrast, IBM operates mainly in enterprise and IT space. According to IBM, most of its patents were in emerging areas such as AI, cloud computing, security, and blockchain. Also, IBM doesn’t keep all its patents. It regularly reviews its patent portfolio and gets rid of the ones that are not strategic.

These are the top 10 companies that won the most US patents last year:

  1. International Business Machines Corp, (IBM) 9,262 patents
  2. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, (SSNLF)  6,469
  3. Canon Inc, (CAJ) 3,548
  4. Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC, (MSFT) 3,081
  5. Intel Corp, (INTC) 3,020
  6. LG Electronics Inc, (LGEGF) 2,805
  7. Apple Inc, (AAPL) 2,490
  8. Ford Global Technologies LLC, (F) 2,468
  9. Amazon Technologies Inc,(AMZN) 2,427
  10. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd,  2,418

Just in case you were curious, the 11st place was occupied by the US chipmaker Qualcomm with 2,348 patents.

Fastest movers in patent grants

So, which company moved up the fastest in terms of the number of patents granted in 2019? That title goes to Korean automaker Kia Motors. It jumped 58 places to hold the 41st spot in 2019 with 921 patents. The automobile industry is undergoing a transformation, thanks to emerging technologies such as clean energy, autonomous driving, and connected cars.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise jumped 28 places to 48th spot with 794 patents. Facebook was the third fastest mover, jumping 22 places to 36th rank with 989 patents.

  • Kia Motors – jumped 58 places to number-41
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise – jumped 28 places to number-48
  • Facebook – rose 22 places to number-36
  • Micron Technology – jumped 9 places to number-25
  • Huawei – up 6 places to number-10
  • BOE Technology – jumped 4 places to number-13
  • Microsoft – up 3 places to number-4
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