November 30, 2015

Reference: IFI CLAIMS Announces Top 50 U.S. Patent Assignees of 2012; Google at 21, Apple at 22

From IFI:

Top-Line Trends

  • The USPTO issued 253,155 utility patents in 2012, the highest annual number on record and an increase of approximately 13 percent over 2011.
  • All but nine companies in the Top 50 saw an increase in patent production over last year.  In fact, 32 of the gainers saw double-digit or better growth.
  • A total of 17 U.S. based firms made the Top-50 list in 2012, the same number as in 2011 — the number of Asian firms also held steady at 26.
  • This year marks IBM’s twentieth consecutive appearance as the list leader — receiving a record of 6,478 utility patents in 2012, up nearly 5 percent from 2011.
  • GE and LG are both back in the Top 10. General Electric, #9, makes its first appearance since 2002; LG, #10, makes its first since 2010.

More Trends, Biggest Movers, Drops, etc. in this document.

Top 6

1. IBM (6478 patent grants)
2. Samsung (5081)
3. Canon (3174)
4. Sony (3031)
5. Panasonic (2769)
6. Microsoft (2613)


21. Google (1151)
Biggest Gainer, Up 170%; Was 65 on 2011 list.

22. Apple (1136)

Direct to Complete 2012 Top 50 List

See Also: Complete 2011 Top 50 List

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