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Patent Leader

PatentCafe recently released its list of the top 200 companies, ranked in terms of how many patents they received. Here are the top 10:

  • International Business Machines Corporation 3,254
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. – 2,174
  • Hitachi, Ltd. – 2,041
  • Samsung – 1,934
  • Canon Kabushiki Kaisha 1,875
  • Hewlett-Packard Company 1,836
  • Micron Technology, Inc. – 1,764
  • Sony Corporation 1,686
  • Intel Corporation 1,604
  • Fujitsu Limited 1,465

Interestingly, IBM has maintained the top spot for the last 11 years. What do you think accounts for IBM’s patent dominance?