May 18, 2022

Reference: Record Number of U.S. Patents Awarded in 2017, Top 50 Assignees and Trends Now Available

From IFI Claims Patent Services:

A record number of 320,003 patents were granted by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2017—a 5.2 percent increase from 2016.

IBM received the most utility patents for the 25th year in a row with an astounding total of 9,043. This figure represents a 12% increase over their 8,088 total in 2016 and is triple the amount of patents they received 10 years ago.

The computing, telecommunications, and medical industries are continuing to receive a high volume of patents. New technologies showing rapid growth include e-cigarettes, 3D printing, and autonomous vehicles


  • Top 50 List: view a list of the top 50 assignees from 2017.
  • Top 1000 List: view an expanded version of the information below with each assignee’s 5-year history. Login or registration required.

Previously Released Patent Rankings 

See Also: ICYMI: Public Patent Data Now Available on Google BigQuery (October 31, 2017)

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