US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack – TechCrunch
We could have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of stories involving tech giants sparring in courts over mental property infringement, however patents proceed to be a significant cornerstone of how corporations and other people measure their progress and create moats round the work that they’ve accomplished in hopes of constructing that into worthwhile enterprises in the future. IFI Claims, an organization that tracks patent exercise in the US, launched its annual tally of IP work right now underscoring that theme: it famous that 2019 noticed a brand new high-watermark of 333,530 patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The figures are notable for a couple of causes. One is that that is the most patents ever granted in a single 12 months; and the second that this represents a 15% bounce on a 12 months earlier than. The excessive total quantity speaks to the enduring curiosity in safeguarding IP, whereas the 15% bounce has to do with the indisputable fact that patent numbers really dipped final 12 months (down Three.5%) whereas the quantity that have been filed and nonetheless in software type (not granted) was larger than ever. If we will draw one thing from that, it is perhaps that filers and the USPTO have been each taking a bit of extra time to file and course of, not a discount in the use of patents altogether.
But patents don’t inform the complete story in one other essential regard.
Namely, the world’s most dear, and most excessive profile tech corporations aren’t all the time the ones that rank the highest in patents filed.
Consider the so-called FAANG group, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google: Facebook is at number-36 (considered one of the quickest movers however nonetheless not high 10) with 989 patents; Apple is at number-seven with 2,490 patents; Amazon is at number-nine with 2,427 patents; Netflix doesn’t make the high 50 in any respect; and the Android, search and promoting behemoth Google is merely at slot 15 with 2,102 patents (and no particular point out for progress).
Indeed, the indisputable fact that considered one of the oldest tech corporations, IBM, can also be the largest patent filer virtually appears ironic in that regard.
As with earlier years — the final 27, to be precise — IBM has continued to carry on to the high spot for patents granted, with 9,262 in complete for the 12 months. Samsung Electronics, at 6,469, is a distant second.
These numbers, once more, don’t inform the complete story: IFI Claims notes that Samsung ranks number-one when you think about all lively patent “families”, which could get filed throughout various divisions (for instance a Samsung Electronics subsidiary submitting individually) and depend the total variety of patents to this point (versus these filed this 12 months). In this regard, Samsung stands at 76,638, with IBM the distant number-two at 37,304 patent households.
Part of this may be defined when you think about their companies: Samsung makes an enormous vary of client and enterprise merchandise. IBM, on the different hand, basically moved out of the client electronics market years in the past and as of late largely focuses on enterprise and B2B and much much less hardware. That means a a lot smaller precedence positioned on that sort of R&D, and subsequent vary of households.
Two different areas which are value monitoring are largest movers and expertise tendencies.
In the first of those, it’s very fascinating to see a automobile firm rising to the high. Kia jumped 58 locations and is now at number-41 (921 patents) — notable when you consider how vehicles are the subsequent “hardware” and that we’re getting into a fairly thrilling section of linked autos, self-driving and different vitality to propel them.
Others rounding out fastest-growing have been Hewlett Packard Enterprise, up 28 locations to number-48 (794 patents); Facebook, up 22 locations to number-36 (989 patents); Micron Technology, up 9 locations to number-25 (1,268), Huawei, up six locations to number-10 (2,418), BOE Technology, up 4 locations to number-13 (2,177), and Microsoft, up three locations to number-Four (Three,081 patents).
In phrases of expertise tendencies, IFI appears over a interval of 5 years, the place there may be now a robust present of medical and biotechnology innovation working by means of the checklist proper now, with hybrid plant creation topping the checklist of trending expertise, adopted by CRISPR gene-editing expertise, after which medicinal preparations (led by most cancers therapies). “Tech” in the laptop processor sense solely begins at number-four with dashboards and different car-related tech; with quantum computing, Three-D printing and flying car tech all additionally that includes.
Indeed, when you’ve got puzzled if we’re in a fallow interval of innovation in cellular, web and straight laptop expertise… look no additional than this checklist to show out that thought.
Unsurprisingly, US corporations account for 49% of U.S. patents granted in 2019 up from 46 % a 12 months earlier than. Japan accounts for 16% to be the second-largest, with South Korea at 7% (Samsung carrying a giant a part of that, I’m guessing), and China passing Germany to be at number-four with 5%.
- International Business Machines Corp 9262
- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 6469
- Canon Inc 3548
- Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC 3081
- Intel Corp 3020
- LG Electronics Inc 2805
- Apple Inc 2490
- Ford Global Technologies LLC 2468
- Amazon Technologies Inc 2427
- Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 2418
- Qualcomm Inc 2348
- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSMC Ltd 2331
- BOE Technology Group Co Ltd 2177
- Sony Corp 2142
- Google LLC 2102
- Toyota Motor Corp 2034
- Samsung Display Co Ltd 1946
- General Electric Co 1818
- Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB 1607
- Hyundai Motor Co 1504
- Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd 1387
- Boeing Co 1383
- Seiko Epson Corp 1345
- GM Global Technology Operations LLC 1285
- Micron Technology Inc 1268
- United Technologies Corp 1252
- Mitsubishi Electric Corp 1244
- Toshiba Corp 1170
- AT&T Intellectual Property I LP 1158
- Robert Bosch GmbH 1107
- Honda Motor Co Ltd 1080
- Denso Corp 1052
- Cisco Technology Inc 1050
- Halliburton Energy Services Inc 1020
- Fujitsu Ltd 1008
- Facebook Inc 989
- Ricoh Co Ltd 980
- Koninklijke Philips NV 973
- EMC IP Holding Co LLC 926
- NEC Corp 923
- Kia Motors Corp 921
- Texas Instruments Inc 894
- LG Display Co Ltd 865
- Oracle International Corp 847
- Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd 842
- Sharp Corp 819
- SK Hynix Inc 798
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP 794
- Fujifilm Corp 791
- LG Chem Ltd 791