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IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, a division of Fairview Research and the leading producer of value-added U.S. patent databases and indexing services, today announced a ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. patents in 2010. IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years’ experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile the de facto annual ranking of U.S. utility-patent recipients. Utility patents are the most common patent type and a primary means of protecting intellectual property and technological innovation.

According to IFI analysis, the USPTO issued an all-time high of 219,614 utility patents in 2010, up 31 percent from 2009 and the most significant annual increase on record. The official Top-50 company ranking appears below. IFI’s full report, which offers comprehensive 2010 patent information on more than 2,000 companies, can be accessed online through IFI’s Patent Intelligence & Technology Report, available on its website starting today in a free-trial version.

IBM continues to hold down the #1 position, which it has done for 18 consecutive years, with a record 5,896 patents, up 20 percent from 4,914 in 2009. Samsung trails second with 4,551, up 26 percent; while Microsoft is third with 3,094, up 6.5 percent. All of the companies but one in the Top 50 are up over the previous year, most shattering records and many posting double-digit percentage gains.

Ranking of US Patent Assignees for 2010
(Counts based on Utility and Statutory Patents only)
Rank Company Name Patents Issued for 2010
1 International Business Machines Corp 5896
2 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd KR 4551
3 Microsoft Corp 3091
4 Canon K K JP 2552
5 Panasonic Corp JP 2482
6 Toshiba Corp JP 2247
7 Sony Corp JP 2150
8 Intel Corp 1653
9 LG Electronics Inc KR 1490
10 Hewlett-Packard Development Co L P 1480
11 Hitachi Ltd JP 1460
12 Seiko Epson Corp JP 1443
13 Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd TW 1438
14 Fujitsu Ltd JP 1296
15 General Electric Co 1225
16 Ricoh Co Ltd JP 1200
17 Cisco Technology Inc 1115
18 Honda Motor Co Ltd JP 1050
19 Fujifilm Corp JP 1041
20 Hynix Semiconductor Inc KR 973
21 Broadcom Corp 958
22 GM Global Technology Operations LLC 942
23 Micron Technology Inc 917
24 Siemens AG DE 873
25 Xerox Corp 858

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