IBM is celebrating 20 consecutive years heading up the list of the Top 50 U.S. patent assignees.
According to the list published by IFI Claims, IBM was awarded 6,478 patents in 2012, up from 6,180 in 2011. Samsung remained in #2 with 5,081 granted patents (up from 4,894), and Canon held on to #3 with 3,174 (up from 2,821).
Sony, now listed in position 4, has made the biggest jump from #7 in 2011 and 2,286 patents to 3,3032 patents. Panasonic dropped to fifth place, followed by Microsoft, Toshiba, Hon Hai Precision Industry, GE and LG. Both GE and LG were not part of the Top 10 in 2011, and replaced Seiko and Hitachi, which fell out of the list. At least 1,624 patents were required to make the first 10 assignees; position 50, which is held by LG Display, was awarded 626 patents.
"We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific creativity, which grows out of IBM’s century-long commitment to research and development," said Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO of IBM, in a prepared statement. "Most concretely, our 2012 patent record and the two decades of leadership it extends are a testament to thousands of brilliant IBM inventors - the living embodiments of our devotion to innovation that matters, for our clients, for our company and for the world."