Annual US patent grants increased by more than 8% in 2014,
reaching an all-time high of 300,674 and surpassing the 300,000
mark for the first time, according to
a ranking released today by IFI Claims Patent Services.
Growth in US patent grants slowed, however, from 12.8% in 2012
and 9.7% in 2013.
The patent database and analytics company’s
tabulation places IBM at the top of the ranking for the 22nd
consecutive year. It was granted 7,534 patents last year, up
10.6% over 2013. IBM is the first company to break the 7,000
barrier for a single year.
The other companies in the top five are: Samsung, up 5.9%;
Canon, up 6%; Sony, up 4%; and Microsoft, up 6.3%.
Nineteen US-based companies appear on the 2014 IFI CLAIMS
Top 50, up from 18 in 2013 and 17 in 2011 and 2012.
Google has entered the top 10 for the first time at number
eight – up 38.6% percent. It is behind seventh-placed
Qualcomm by just 21 patents and is only 263 patents behind
fifth-placed Microsoft. Google was ranked in 11th
the 2013 rankings, with 1,851 patents granted. Qualcomm
increased its patents count by 23% in 2014, moving up two
places in the ranking from ninth. Microsoft held onto its
Apple moved up to number 11, increasing its patent counts by
12.8%, just ahead of General Electric and 92 patents short of
Panasonic in 10th place.
"It was a very good year for US patents in terms of growth,"
commented Mike Baycroft, CEO of IFI Claims Patent Services. "It
was a particularly good year for US firms which saw major gains
from many of the top patent-generators, whereas overall foreign
holdings of US patents has held steady at roughly 49%."
Amazon broke into the top 50 for the first time, moving up
to 50th from 59th. Other new entrants
over 2013 were Huawei, at 48th, and Honeywell, which
made a return to the list at 49th.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company rose to
23rd from 35th, with a 55% increase in
IFI also provided some
figures on US patent grant trends. New assignees accounted
for about 9% of new patent grants in 2014, down from 9.5% in
2013 and 10.4% in 2012.
Foreign holdings of US grants declined very slightly to
49.1%, down from 49.4% on 2013. This figure has changed little
in the past five years.
Japanese holdings of US grants continued to fall in 2014,
with the figure of 18.1% down 2.5% in the past five years.
Chinese holdings have doubled in that time, but account for
only 2% of all 2014 grants.
Forty-two of the companies in the top 50 had an increase in
patent production in 2014, up from 37 in 2013. Twenty-four
companies had double-digit or better percentage rate
The top 50 accounted for 27% of the total patents granted,
with 82,092 patents.
You can view the top 50 companies in the 2014 ranking
here. Free access to the IFI
Claims Top 1,000 rankings is available by registering on
the company’s website.
IFI Claims 2014 top 20 US patent assignees
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