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IBM still top patent holder – but not for long

Eileen McDermott, New York


IFI Claims Patent Services’ list of the top 50 global companies awarded the most US utility patents in 2011 ranks IBM on top for the 19th year in a row

However, that position could be in danger according to IFI’s data on published patent applications, which provides a glimpse of the market two or three years down the road.

“For the past two years, Samsung’s applications eclipsed those of...


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