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US Patent Grants to China are Growing Rapidly

As part of our annual Top 50 list of patent assignees, we also take a look at industry trends. Our research uncovered that in 2017, China was awarded 28% more US patents than in 2016. Their total of 11,240 granted patents is ten times the number of patents they were granted in 2007. That pushed the nation into the top five recipients by country for the first time, behind the US, Japan, Korea, and Germany. While patent grants to China still make up only 3.5% of the more than 320,000 awards, it’s likely this share will continue to increase.…

IFI to Present a New Way to Access Patent Data at PIUG Biotech 2018

Our senior analyst Larry Cady will show attendees of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) Biotechnology conference how to combine data sources using Google’s BigQuery and Tableau. Using a CRISPR based example, he will join free public patent data, fee based enriched patent data, chemical annotations from SureChEMBL, and simulated private company data into one report.



Winter 2018 Newsletter

New records set for US patents in 2017

Last month we released our annual patent rankings and trends reports which revealed a 5.2% increase in granted patents in 2017 from 2016, to just over 320,000. IBM is once again the top assignee and received astonishing 9,043 patents, a 12% increase from 2016. New this year, we produced interactive content to highlight the largest and fastest growing technologies of 2017.…

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Patent data analysis uncovers drone technology leader 

In 2014, we wrote a blog post about the drone patent landscape which provided insights on which companies and countries were publishing the most patent documents. Just recently, a story published by CNBC highlights the success of Chinese drone hardware manufacturer DJI, now dominating three-quarters of the consumer market. Three years

Press Releases

 IFI CLAIMS Announces 2017 Top US Patent Recipients

  • IBM marks 25th anniversary as list leader
  • U.S. grants hit record high and double from a decade ago
  • Trending Technologies: e-cigarettes, 3D printing, machine learning & autonomous vehicles
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 9, 2018 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, a leading global patent database provider and development platform, today released its annual analysis of the U.S. patent landscape for…

IFI CLAIMS Announces 2016 U.S. Patent Ranking

  • New record for most U.S. patents in single year
  • IBM tops list again breaking its all-time high
  • 50 percent of all Top 50 grants attributed to Asia
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 9, 2017 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases and innovative web services, today announced the 2016 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50, an annual ranking of top patent recipients that is trusted…