The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) granted a record 333,530 patents in 2019, according to data released today by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, the world’s leading provider of patent databases. In addition, the number of patents granted by the PTO last year increased by 15% compared to 2018, meaning that awareness of intellectual property protection remains strong.
IBM won 9,262 patents last year, up 2 percent from a year earlier and dominating for 27 years, according to the data. Samsung Electronics came in second, with 6,469 patents, up 11% year-on-year. In third place was Canon, which received 3,548 patents, up 16% year-on-year.
Rounding out the fourth to 10th place is Microsoft Technology, Intel, LG Electronics, Apple, Ford Global Technologies, and Amazon Technologies) and Huawei.
In 2019, Huawei won 2,418 patents, up 44% from 1,680 in 2018. In addition, the Chinese companies on the list include Beijing Oriental, Shenzhen Huaxing Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. and Tencent Technology Shenzhen Co., Ltd., which received 2,177, 550 and 416 patents, respectively, with BOE and Tencent increasing by 33% and 30% year-on-year, respectively.
U.S. companies account edited 49 percent of the 50 companies with the highest number of patents, up from 46 percent in 2018, the data showed. In addition, Japanese companies accounted for 16 per cent, South Korea accounted for about 7 per cent, and Chinese companies accounted for 5 per cent, surpassing Germany in fourth place for the first time.
Last year, the number of patents granted by Chinese companies rose nearly 35% year-on-year, with two companies in the top 15, Huawei (10th) and BOE (13th).