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
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- 2017 Trends and Insights: read highlights prepared by our senior analyst.
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