Many fast-growth valuation clients will claim that they're "more creative than the competition," based on one metric or another. So, it's of interest to know that, at least in terms of patent filing, you need to be in the mid-four digits annually to qualify as a leader in IP creation. Here are the "standings" for 2011:
- IBM received the most U.S. patents, with 6180 granted, up about 5 percent from 2010. This marks IBM’s 19th year in first place.
- Yet, Asian companies are rapidly making gains in U.S. patent coverage. According to tomshardware.com, Asian firms now account for 25 or half of the top 50 U.S. patent-grant recipients. U.S. firms captured only 17 slots.
“Samsung remained in second place, but climbed by 8 percent to 4894 patents. Canon, Panasonic and Toshiba surpassed Microsoft and with 2821, 2559 and 2483 granted patents, respectively. Microsoft is now in sixth place with 2311 patents, which was down from 3094 in 2010, Apple climbed from rank 46 to 39 and added 676 patents in 2011, up from 563 in 2010,” tomshardware.com reported.