Thomson Reuters Analysis of 2009 Patent Activity Shows U.S. Increases Presence Among Top 25 Patentees

IBM on top in the U.S.;

tech giant sets record with 4,843 patents in one year

Jan 12, 2010, 09:00 ET from The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters

EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters released the results of its 2009 Top Patentees analysis today, ranking the top 25 companies receiving patents in the U.S. over the past year. The study found that IBM was the leader in U.S. patent activity, reaching an all-time one-year high by publishing 4,843 patents in 2009.  

The 2009 Top Patentees analysis shows an increase in patent activity by U.S. firms. IBM is joined by an increasingly larger number of U.S.-based companies in the list of top 25 patent assignees. U.S. firms now make up 36 percent of the top 25, up 4 percent from last year. Asian firms, which represent 56 percent of the top 25 patentees, are down 4 percent from 2008.  

The top 25 firms receiving the most patents in the U.S. in 2009 were:



Rank

Company Name

2009 Patents

Country of Origin

1.

IBM

4,843

US

2.

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD

4,049

KR

3.

MICROSOFT CORP

3,157

US

4.

CANON KK

2,200

JP

5.

PANASONIC CORP(1)

1,933

JP

6.

TOSHIBA KK

1,911

JP

7.

SONY CORP

1,829

JP

8.

INTEL CORP

1,505

US

9.

HITACHI

1,428

JP

10.

FUJITSU LTD

1,414

JP

11.

SEIKO EPSON CORP

1,349

JP

12.

HEWLETT PACKARD DEV CO

1,266

US

13.

LG ELECTRONICS INC

1,148

KR

14.

HON HAI PRECISION IND CO LTD

1,060

TW

15.

RICOH KK

999

JP

16.

GENERAL ELECTRIC

961

US

17.

MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC

951

US

18.

NOKIA CORP

920

FI

19.

CISCO TECH INC

898

US

20.

HONDA MOTOR CO LTD

886

JP

21.

FUJIFILM CORP

875

JP

22.

DENSO CORP

728

JP

23.

SIEMENS AG

712

DE

24.

BROADCOM CORP

704

US

25.

HONEYWELL INT INC

659

US



(1) Formerly Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd.

The top technology areas receiving the most U.S.-granted patents in 2009 were: Electric Digital Data Processing (25,241 patents), Semiconductor Devices (13,483 patents), Transmission of Digital Information (10,349 patents), Preparations of Medical, Dental &Toilet Purposes (7,362 patents), and Pictorial Communications (7,071 patents). Notably, Electric Digital Data Processing saw a 9 percent increase over 2008.

"In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, intellectual property is a key metric in determining the value of a company," said Jeremy Rosie, director of Expert Services, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. "The large volume of patents granted in the United States in 2009 highlights the importance of this market and the investment top companies make in remaining on the cutting edge of their industries."

This report was compiled using patent data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office through Thomson Reuters IP Solutions offerings. It aggregates granted patents for the calendar year from January 1 through December 31, 2009.

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