Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Top Ten Companies Awarded US Patents 2007-2012

Thanks to the Brookings Institution for this - the top ten companies for filing US patents in the last five years. The surprise here is that Micron makes it into the top ten despite being a lot smaller than the others.


IBM              42


Microsoft      16


Intel               11


HP                  8


Cisco               7.6


Micron            7.4


GM                 6.3


AT&T             5.7


Apple              5.3

Tags: Apple, brookings institution, Intel, micron, top ten companies

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  1. David Manners
    March 20, 2013 18:28

    Thousands, anotherDavid2, so IBM filed 42k in the last five years ne Apple filed 5,300

  2. David Manners
    March 20, 2013 18:22

    42000, AnotherDavid3 , sorry to mislead you

  3. David Manners
    March 20, 2013 18:20

    Yes of course you’re right, random_guy, it’s thousands. So IBM has filed for 42000 patents in the last five years

  4. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    March 20, 2013 13:15

    These are mostly US filings filed just to be safe, often in a hurry, often as a provisional application, not knowing how technology or the business case will progress.
    A better metric is the WIPO statistics for PCT applications. These are filed with priority from the domestic application with a view to later file into national and regional pahse around the world.
    A lot more information can be found at the source:
    IBM is here at position 28.

  5. random guy
    March 20, 2013 12:20

    Million…or maybe it should be thousands?

  6. AnotherDavid3
    March 20, 2013 11:46

    42 Million patents for IBM, over 100 million for the top ten, that is a vast number. Are they all truly original ideas?
    How do you keep track of that many patents?

  7. David Manners
    March 20, 2013 10:45

    I would have thought that filing for a thousand patents a year was enough for anyone – even Apple

  8. AnotherDavid2
    March 20, 2013 10:09

    What is the units of numbers? They don’t make any sense to me.
    I am sure Apple have got more than 5.3 patents on round corners on phones!