Rating of 50 companies that received the largest number of patents in 2012

    A rating of 50 companies with the highest number of patents in the United States last year was published . In total, in 2012, the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 253,155 patents.

    Which companies were the most inventive?

    The largest number of companies in the Top 50 represent the Asian region (26 companies). The second largest region is the United States with 17 companies.

    For the twentieth consecutive year, IBM remained the leader in the number of inventions, 6478 patents were registered in the name of the corporation and its researchers, which is 5% more than in 2011. Samsung is the second in the ranking, having received 5081 patents. Canon closes the top three with a result of 3174. Sony is in fourth place with an increase of almost 33% compared with 2011. Panasonic and Microsoft occupy fifth and sixth places, respectively.

    For the first time, Google entered the list by registering 1,151 patents (21st place). Google immediately follows Apple, which has 1,136 patents.

    A placePatentsCompanyThe country
    16478International Business Machines CorpUSA
    25081Samsung Electronics Co Ltd KRKorea
    33174Canon KK JPJapan
    43032Sony Corp JPJapan
    52769Panasonic Corp JPJapan
    62613Microsoft CorpUSA
    72447Toshiba Corp JPJapan
    82013Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd TWTaiwan
    91652General electric coUSA
    101624LG Electronics Inc KRKorea
    eleven1535Fujitsu Ltd JPJapan
    121461Seiko Epson Corp JPJapan
    thirteen1436Hitachi Ltd JPJapan
    141410Ricoh Co Ltd JPJapan
    fifteen1394Hewlett-Packard Development Co LPUSA
    161377GM Global Technology Operations LLCUSA
    171292QUALCOMM IncUSA
    181290Intel CorpUSA
    191285Toyota Jidosha KK JPJapan
    201157Broadcom corpUSA
    211151Google incUSA
    221136Apple incUSA
    231132Honda Motor Co Ltd JPJapan
    241118Sharp KK JPJapan
    251050Xerox corpUSA
    261039Renesas Electronics Corp JPJapan
    271033Fujifilm Corp JPJapan
    281012Brother Kogyo KK JPJapan
    29th986Research In Motion Ltd CACanada
    thirty977Siemens AG DEGermany
    31951Cisco Technology IncUSA
    32913Micron technology incUSA
    33886AT&T Intellectual Property ILPUSA
    34861Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd JPJapan
    35843Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson SESweden
    36830Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV NLNetherlands
    37829Texas Instruments IncUSA
    38823NEC Corp JPJapan
    39815Honeywell International IncUSA
    40782Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co Ltd CNChina
    41765Denso Corp JPJapan
    42748Bosch, Robert GmbH DEGermany
    43747SK Hynix Inc KRKorea
    44696Mitsubishi Denki KK JPJapan
    45686Fuji Xerox Co Ltd JPJapan
    46673Boeing Co TheUSA
    47664Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute KRKorea
    48650Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TWTaiwan
    49636Alcatel-Lucent FRFrance
    fifty626LG Display Co Ltd KRKorea

    IBM's 2012 patents include inventions that lead to fundamental breakthroughs in key areas of the company, including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud technology, mobile communications, social networks and virtual environments as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare and transport:

    • US patent No. 8275803: System and method for forming answers to questions. This patented invention was applied to the IBM Watson system and describes a technology that allows a computer to take questions in a natural language, fully understand them and give accurate answers.
    • US Pat. No. 8250010: An electronic self-learning synapse with a peak-time-dependent synaptic plasticity and using unipolar memory switching elements. This patent describes algorithms and schemes for effectively simulating the learning ability of the human brain synapse and lays the foundation for creating a computer architecture that is not based on von Neumann principles. IBM is working on a cognitive computing project called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE), which aims to emulate the brain's ability to perceive information, perform actions and learn, receiving signals of lower amplitude and strength, without programming.
    • US patent No. 8185480: System and method for optimizing the detection of patterns using non-Gaussian parameters. This patent describes technology associated with patterns and their recognition in fast-growing, large data sets with complex information, such as speech recognition or satellite data processing in order to predict the occurrence of traffic jams.
    • US patent No. 8200501: Methods, systems and computer programs for combining information about medical procedures in the databases of health facilities. This invention describes a technology that allows physicians to more effectively obtain and analyze medical data and records stored in several heterogeneous data sources, which improves their ability to investigate, diagnose and treat diseases.
    • U.S. Patent Nos. 8291378: Simplified Deployment Modeling and No. 8332873: Dynamically Hosting an Application Instance in a Data Center Environment. These patented inventions describe a virtual software environment consisting of a modeling platform for describing application components along with their requirements and characteristics, and an intelligent control system for dynamically deploying, updating, and managing working instances. The inventions enable the IBM PureSystems family of products to use repeating patterns for faster deployment and optimized lifecycle management of working application instances.
    • US Patent No. 8341441: Reducing power consumption in cloud computing environments. This patented invention describes a technology that provides a more efficient use of the resources of cloud computing systems, thereby minimizing power consumption.
    • US patent No. 8247261: The production of thin-film substrates by chipping the substrate under the influence of voltage. This patent describes an affordable way to produce a new class of flexible semiconductor materials, which will become the basis for ultrathin, light and flexible products with a wide range of possible applications, such as biomedicine, security, wearable computers and LED lighting systems.
    • US patent No. 8302173: Providing a set of access codes to a user device. This invention describes a method for checking and receiving one or more security codes - valid for a short period of time to increase security - through a mobile network (for example, SMS) and a separate encrypted channel from a secure server, which can be used, for example, to make secure transactions or secure login from your mobile phone.

    Examples of other interesting and important IBM inventions, patented in 2012, can be viewed here .

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