© mikhail mishchenko General | January 14, 2015

Top 10 of 2014 U.S. patent recipients

With 2014 behind us its time to look back at some numeral facts, and this time we're looking at utility patents – who received the most?

IFI CLAIMS Patent Services has compiled the following facts from its analysis of calendar year 2014 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data. IFI’s ranking focuses on utility patents and does not include design or plant patents. Utility patents are the most common patent type and a primary means of protecting intellectual property and technological innovation. IBM is at the top of the list with a record-setting 7'534 patents, a dramatic increase of more than 10% over 2013 — continuing a dominance that has lasted 22 straight years and breaking the 7'000 barrier for first time. Google broke into the Top 10 in 2014 (at #8 up from #11) and Apple was #11 – up from #13 in 2013. Combined, Google and Apple were granted 943 more utility patents in 2014 than they collectively received in 2013 (26% increase). Qualcomm increased its patent counts by 23% capturing the #7 position up from #9 in 2013. Microsoft held its #5 position. China’s Huawei Technologies breaks into the Top 50 at #48 up from #53. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM) rose from #35 to #23, a significant increase of 519 utility grants (+55%). Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. fell from #8 to #18. Japan’s Hitachi fell from #26 to #38, the two biggest position-drops in the Top 50. The top 10
RankGrantsAssingee Name
17534International Business Machines Corp
24952Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
34055Canon KK
43224Sony Corp
52829Microsoft Corp
62608Toshiba Corp
72590Qualcomm Inc
82566Google Inc
92122LG Electronics Inc
102095Panasonic Corp
Exceptional Gainers Below the Top 50
  • Japan Display Inc., +1525%
  • Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics, +331%
  • ZTE Corp., 160%
  • Wistron Corp., +131%
  • Facebook Inc., +120%
  • Toshiba Tec KK, +83%
  • Kyocera Document Solutions, +72%
  • EMC Corp., +62%
Among the notable drops we find Renesas Electronics, which fell from #46 to #64 with a drop of 277 utility grants (-32%) and Covidien fell from #47 to #57. Covidien was one of 2013’s biggest gainers.
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