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:
Country of Origin
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD
SEIKO EPSON CORP
HEWLETT PACKARD DEV CO
LG ELECTRONICS INC
HON HAI PRECISION IND CO LTD
MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC
CISCO TECH INC
HONDA MOTOR CO LTD
HONEYWELL INT INC
(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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