2006 Sets All-time Record with 173,772 U.S. Patents Issued; IBM No.1 for the 14th Year

2006 set an all-time record for U.S. corporate patents with 173,772 issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an increase of a whopping 20.8% from 2005, according to IFI Patent Intelligence annual report. For the 14th year in  a row, IBM Corp. tops the list with a record 3,651 patents in 2006.  

For the first time, Samsung enters the top three at No.2 position, followed by Canon at No.3, Matsushita at No.4, and HP at No.5, with all top 5 exceeding the 2,000 patents mark in 2006 . In the past 5 years, no organization other than IBM has ever broken the 2,000 barrier.  IBM's worldwide patent portfolio exceeds 40,000 active patents.

  • Japan-based organizations lead the U.S. patent-assignee list with 9 of the top 20 slots, while only 7 U.S.-based organizations made to the top 20 list.
  • Electronics patents dominates the top 25 list
  • Pharmaceutical-related patents granted in 2006 increased approximately 22% over 2005. 
  • Biotech patents grew roughly 29% over the previous year. 

Here a a list of 2006’s Annual Rankings Of Top 35 U.S. Patent Assignees, as compiled by IFI:   

2006’s Annual Rankings Of Top 35 U.S. Patent Assignees

Rank  Company Name No. Patents
1 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP * 3651
2 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD KR  2453
3 CANON K K JP 2378
4 MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO LTD JP 2273
5 HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT CO L P ** 2113
6 INTEL CORP 1962
7 SONY CORP JP 1810
8 HITACHI LTD JP 1749
9 TOSHIBA CORP JP 1717
10 MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC 1612
11 FUJITSU LTD JP 1513
12 MICROSOFT CORP 1463
13 SEIKO EPSON CORP JP 1205
14 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO 1051
15 FUJI PHOTO FILM CO LT D JP 918
16 INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES  AG DE 904
17 KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS E LECTRONICS N V NL 901
18 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC 884
19 SIEMENS AG DE 857
20 HONDA MOTOR CO LTD JP 836
21 SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC 776
22 DENSO CORP JP 770
23 NEC CORP JP 744
24 LG ELECTRONICS INC KR 695
24 RICOH CO LTD JP 695
26 SHARP K K JP 692
27 EASTMAN KODAK CO 688
28 BROADCOM CORP 660
29 CISCO TECHNOLOGY INC 649
30 BOSCH, ROBERT GMBH DE 648
31 MITSUBISHI DENKI K K JP 623
32 NOKIA AB OY FI 597
33 RENESAS TECHNOLOGY CORP JP 593
34 MOTOROLA INC 578
35 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC 559

Source: IFI Patent Intelligence, a Wolters Kluwer Health business 
*Includes 2 patents issued as unassigned for which Certificates of Correction have been published indicating IBM as the assignee.  
**Includes 5 patents assigned to Hewlett-Packard Co.  

IFI compiles its listing from original USPTO data using the powerful indexing and standardization algorithms of CLAIMS®, the most reliable, text-searchable database of U.S. patents in the world. Complete information on more than 1,700 companies worldwide that received 10 or more U.S. patents in 2006 will be published in IFI’s Patent Intelligence and Technology Report, available in May.  IFI also produces monthly electronic updates of the report that monitor current patenting activity throughout the year. 

Source: IFI Patent Intelligence

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