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).
International Business Machines
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd KR
Canon K K JP
Sony Corp JP
Panasonic Corp JP
Toshiba Corp JP
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd TW
General Electric Co
LG Electronics Inc KR
(Source: IFI Claims Patent Services)
But as always, there is gold be sifted from the data silt.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.