IBM and Samsung with most patents in 2016, Apple not even in Top 10

Yordan, 09 January 2017

Due to a fundamentally flawed system the patent have become a synonym for trolling and suffocating innovation. Yet sometimes they also indicate a forward-driving spirit and amount of innovative ideas. The patent data experts from IFI CLAIMS published a Top 10 list of tech companies who filed most patents last year.

As you can see from the graph IBM is on top with huge lead ahead of Samsung. If we put it in perspective, IBM filed 22 patents a day, while the Korean company had 15/day. Following is a closely packed group featuring Qualcomm, Google and Intel with almost 8 patents per day while LG, Microsoft, TSMC and Sony are completing the top 10 with 5-6/day. Industry profit leader Apple didn't make it to the list.

There’s an explanation for having so many patents. Companies don’t always put all this technology in action in their devices - they just want to make sure that no-one uses an idea they came up with first. And, of course, this graph shows us all patents, which stretch far beyond mobile divisions.

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