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US patent grant rankings 2017 – Chinese company grants up 28%

Michael Loney, Hong Kong

IBM has held onto top spot in IFI Claims’ rankings of top patent grants in 2017. IFI also revealed the eight technologies showing the most patent growth, with the automotive sector one area showing impressive gains

A record number of patents were granted by the USPTO last year, according to the 2017 IFI Claims US Top 50.

The USPTO issued 320,003 utility grant patents in 2017 - a 5.2% increase over 2016’s record year. This was...

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