IFI CLAIMS® 2016 Top 50 US Patent Assignees

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Rank Assignee 2016 Grants 2015 Grants % Change Previous Rank Rank Change
1 International Business Machines Corp 8088 7355 9.97 percent 1 none
2 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 5518 5072 8.79 percent 2 none
3 Canon KK 3665 4134 -11.34 percent 3 none
4 Qualcomm Inc 2897 2900 -0.1 percent 4 none
5 Google Inc 2835 2835 0 percent 5 none
6 Intel Corp 2784 2048 35.94 percent 9 3
7 LG Electronics Inc 2428 2242 8.3 percent 8 1
8 Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC 2398 1956 22.6 percent 10 2
9 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd 2288 1774 28.97 percent 13 4
10 Sony Corp 2181 2455 -11.16 percent 7 -3
11 Apple Inc 2102 1938 8.46 percent 11 none
12 Samsung Display Co Ltd 2023 1838 10.07 percent 12 none
13 Toshiba Corp 1954 2627 -25.62 percent 6 -7
14 Amazon Technologies Inc 1662 1136 46.3 percent 26 12
15 Seiko Epson Corp 1647 1620 1.67 percent 16 1
16 General Electric Co 1646 1757 -6.32 percent 14 -2
17 Fujitsu Ltd 1568 1467 6.88 percent 19 2
18 Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson 1552 1407 10.31 percent 20 2
19 Ford Global Technologies LLC 1524 1185 28.61 percent 24 5
20 Toyota Motor Corp 1417 1581 -10.37 percent 17 -3
21 Ricoh Co Ltd 1412 1627 -13.21 percent 15 -6
22 GlobalFoundries Inc 1407 609 131.03 percent 60 38
23 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd 1400 1474 -5.02 percent 18 -5
24 Robert Bosch GmbH 1207 1142 5.69 percent 25 1
25 Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 1202 800 50.25 percent 44 19
26 SK Hynix Inc 1125 891 26.26 percent 39 13
27 GM Global Technology Operations LLC 1123 1315 -14.6 percent 21 -6
28 Koninklijke Philips NV 1069 923 15.82 percent 37 9
29 Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd 1054 1129 -6.64 percent 27 -2
30 Boeing Co 1053 976 7.89 percent 34 4
31 Hyundai Motor Co 1035 744 39.11 percent 50 19
32 Mitsubishi Electric Corp 1016 896 13.39 percent 38 6
33 Siemens AG 984 1011 -2.67 percent 32 -1
34 Cisco Technology Inc 978 960 1.88 percent 36 2
35 Brother Industries Ltd 926 1187 -21.99 percent 23 -12
36 Honda Motor Co Ltd 922 1031 -10.57 percent 31 -5
37 AT&T Intellectual Property I LP 921 885 4.07 percent 40 3
38 NEC Corp 890 792 12.37 percent 45 7
39 Texas Instruments Inc 887 808 9.78 percent 43 4
40 BOE Technology Group Co Ltd 870 285 205.26 percent 122 82
41 Micron Technology Inc 863 961 -10.2 percent 35 -6
42 Sharp Corp 829 997 -16.85 percent 33 -9
43 Broadcom Corp 823 1085 -24.15 percent 28 -15
44 Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd 803 1083 -25.85 percent 29 -15
45 BlackBerry Ltd 771 1071 -28.01 percent 30 -15
46 Denso Corp 756 778 -2.83 percent 46 none
47 KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc 742 692 7.23 percent 52 5
48 FUJIFILM Corp 699 747 -6.43 percent 47 -1
49 Nokia Technologies Oy 695 400 73.75 percent 88 39
50 Honeywell International Inc 672 746 -9.92 percent 48 -2

Rankings were compiled using the USPTO source-data by current company or assignee name on file at the USPTO.

2016 Grant counts are based on data available as of January 7, 2017.

2015 Grant counts are based on rankings produced on January 16, 2016