SAN FRANCISCO--IBM is still the patent king. So too is Shunpei
Yamazaki. And Sanofi-Aventis. And so too is the electronics
industry, but more about that later.
In data released this week, IBM topped the list of the most prolific
U.S. patent assignees with 6,478, according to IFI
Claims. IBM, which topped the list for the 20th straight
year, was followed next by one Korean company and three
Japanese companies to round out the top
five. Microsoft was kicked down t notch to No. 6. (See top 10 chart below).
Pure-play semiconductor companies nabbed three of the top 20 spots:
Qualcomm (#17), Intel (#18) and Broadcom (#20).
|1||6478||International Business Machines||United States|
|2||5081||Samsung Electronics Co Ltd KR ||Korea|
|3||3174||Canon K K JP ||Japan|
|4||3032||Sony Corp JP||Japan|
|5||2769||Panasonic Corp JP||Japan|
|6||2613||Microsoft Corp||United States|
|7||2447||Toshiba Corp JP||Japan|
|8||2013||Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd TW||Taiwan|
|9||1652||General Electric Co||United States|
|10||1624||LG Electronics Inc KR||Korea|
(Source: IFI Claims Patent Services)
But as always, there is gold be sifted from the data silt.