2021 Global 250: The World's Largest Patent Holders

The IFI Global 250 ranking focuses on Ultimate Owners, providing a complete view of an entity's global patent holdings. Rather than looking at the grants received in a given year, such as the Top 50 ranking, the Global 250 presents the current cumulative patent holdings in a given portfolio.

Rank Ultimate Owner Active Families
1 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 90,416
2 Chinese Academy of Sciences CAS 78,415
3 Midea Group Co Ltd 58,495
4 Huawei Investment and Holding Co Ltd 48,307
5 China Petrochemical Corp 45,362
6 China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd CSCEC 42,715
7 Gree Electric Appliances Inc of Zhuhai 42,077
8 International Business Machines Corp 41,937
9 Canon Inc 40,706
10 Panasonic Corp 37,538
11 China National Petroleum Corp 36,347
12 Robert Bosch GmbH 35,169
13 Hitachi Ltd 34,408
14 Siemens AG 33,877
15 Microsoft Corp 32,173
16 Tsinghua University 31,368
17 BBK Electronics Co Ltd 30,734
18 Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd 29,402
19 BOE Technology Group Co Ltd 29,071
20 General Electric Co 27,584
21 LG Electronics Inc 27,378
22 Toyota Motor Corp 27,288
23 Sony Group Corp 26,910
24 Intel Corp 25,784
25 TCL Corp 24,375
26 China Railway Construction Corp Ltd CRCC 23,949
27 Fujifilm Holdings Corp 23,851
28 Qualcomm Inc 23,351
29 Raytheon Technologies Corp 23,062
30 China Railway Group Ltd CREC 22,863
31 Alphabet Inc 22,822
32 Nokia Oyj 22,708
33 Mitsubishi Electric Corp 22,041
34 Zhejiang University ZJU 21,805
35 Volkswagen AG 20,710
36 Honda Motor Co Ltd 20,531
37 Apple Inc 20,491
38 Toshiba Corp 20,053
39 Tencent Holdings Ltd 19,844
40 Koninklijke Philips NV 19,546
41 Ford Motor Co 19,410
42 Lenovo Group Ltd 19,406
43 ZTE Corp 19,126
44 Fujitsu Ltd 18,475
45 General Motors Co 17,900
46 Seiko Epson Corp 17,563
47 Denso Corp 17,521
48 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSMC Ltd 16,739
49 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB 16,508
50 HP Inc 15,816
51 Haier Smart Home Co Ltd 15,373
52 Honeywell International Inc 15,127
53 Ricoh Co Ltd 14,446
54 Dell Technologies Inc 14,413
55 Beijing Automotive Group Co Ltd 14,140
56 Johnson and Johnson 13,984
57 Medtronic PLC 13,902
58 Broadcom Inc 13,675
59 NEC Corp 13,600
60 Oracle Corp 13,303
61 Texas Instruments Inc 13,264
62 Boeing Co 13,001
63 Continental AG 12,511
64 Amazon com Inc 12,484
65 Infineon Technologies AG 12,251
66 BYD Co Ltd 12,246
67 Cisco Systems Inc 12,215
68 Hyundai Motor Co 11,898
69 Brother Industries Ltd 11,771
70 Kyocera Corp 11,573
71 China Electronics Technology Group Corp CETC 11,504
72 Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp Group 11,449
73 Bayer AG 11,425
74 Xiaomi Corp 11,379
75 SEB SA 11,121
76 Zhejiang University of Technology ZJUT 11,053
77 BASF SE 10,936
78 China Baowu Steel Group Corp Ltd 10,827
79 Safran SA 10,709
80 NXP Semiconductors NV 10,696
81 Valeo SA 10,566
82 Airbus SE 10,305
83 Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd 10,148
84 Stellantis NV 10,100
85 China Mobile Communications Group Co Ltd 10,040
86 Aviation Industry Corp of China AVIC 9,919
87 LG Display Co Ltd 9,858
88 Procter and Gamble Co 9,774
89 Olympus Corp 9,680
90 BlackBerry Ltd 9,624
91 SK Hynix Inc 9,530
92 Western Digital Corp 9,473
93 3M Co 9,472
94 Goertek Inc 9,413
95 Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd 9,384
96 STMicroelectronics NV 9,179
97 Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd 9,059
98 Micron Technology Inc 9,049
99 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co 8,961
100 Konica Minolta Inc 8,942
101 AT&T Inc 8,925
102 SAP SE 8,270
103 Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp 8,231
104 Renesas Electronics Corp 8,220
105 Corteva Inc 8,215
106 Xerox Holdings Corp 8,172
107 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd 8,157
108 TDK Corp 8,030
109 Dalian University of Technology 7,932
110 Nike Inc 7,907
111 AU Optronics Corp 7,893
112 National Research Council of Science and Technology 7,803
113 Baidu Inc 7,729
114 Datang Telecom Technology Co Ltd 7,722
115 Halliburton Co 7,711
116 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 7,512
117 GlobalFoundries Inc 7,508
118 Schlumberger Ltd 7,468
119 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics 7,373
120 Baker Hughes Holdings LLC 7,269
121 Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co Ltd XCMG 7,172
122 Nissan Motor Co Ltd 7,131
123 Industrial Technology Research Institute ITRI 7,045
124 China University of Mining and Technology CUMT 7,014
125 Caterpillar Inc 6,994
126 Thales SA 6,975
127 Commissariat a lEnergie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives CEA 6,943
128 LG Chem Ltd 6,894
129 Dow Inc 6,893
130 ZF Friedrichshafen AG 6,768
131 Schaeffler AG 6,624
132 Boston Scientific Corp 6,473
133 Roche Holding AG 6,341
134 Kia Corp 6,331
135 Applied Materials Inc 6,306
136 Kioxia Holdings Corp 6,233
137 Abbott Laboratories 6,222
138 Tokyo Electron Ltd 6,190
139 TE Connectivity Ltd 6,098
140 Meta Platforms Inc 5,976
141 MediaTek Inc 5,941
142 Bayerische Motoren Werke AG 5,887
143 Tianma Microelectronics Co Ltd 5,884
144 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp 5,772
145 Intellectual Ventures LLC 5,753
146 Haier Group Corp 5,731
147 Renault SAS 5,724
148 Aisin Corp 5,644
149 Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd 5,638
150 Verizon Communications Inc 5,623
151 University of California 5,603
152 Schneider Electric SE 5,596
153 Samsung SDI Co Ltd 5,574
154 Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd 5,529
155 Emerson Electric Co 5,446
156 Ams AG 5,379
157 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS 5,370
158 Marvell Technology Inc 5,365
159 CITIC Group Corp 5,342
160 On Semiconductor Corp 5,317
161 Changan Automobile Group Co Ltd 5,223
162 Deere and Co 5,176
163 Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung eV 5,175
164 T Mobile US Inc 5,130
165 AAC Technologies Holdings Inc 5,082
166 Saudi Arabian Oil Co 5,076
167 Illinois Tool Works Inc 5,020
168 Nippon Steel Corp 5,010
168 Yazaki Corp 5,010
170 Bridgestone Corp 4,999
171 Rolls Royce Holdings PLC 4,998
172 Nidec Corp 4,911
173 LOreal SA 4,907
174 Exxon Mobil Corp 4,847
175 Corning Inc 4,845
176 Motorola Solutions Inc 4,834
177 Commscope Holding Co Inc 4,828
178 Signify NV 4,701
179 Danaher Corp 4,686
180 Eaton Corp PLC 4,654
181 Merck KGaA 4,643
182 Analog Devices Inc 4,611
183 Shin Etsu Chemical Co Ltd 4,600
184 LG Corp 4,593
185 Siemens Energy AG 4,581
186 Berkshire Hathaway Inc 4,458
187 Becton Dickinson and Co 4,395
188 Vitesco Technologies Group AG 4,304
189 Omron Corp 4,297
190 Japan Display Inc 4,286
190 Sany Heavy Industry Co Ltd 4,286
192 Daikin Industries Ltd 4,236
193 Seagate Technology PLC 4,215
194 Aptiv PLC 4,213
195 Carl Zeiss AG 4,196
196 Unilever PLC 4,113
197 Nvidia Corp 4,103
198 Stanley Black and Decker Inc 4,100
199 FANUC Corp 4,098
200 Adobe Inc 4,096
201 Sanofi SA 4,084
202 Delta Electronics Inc 4,050
203 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp 4,040
204 Yamaha Motor Co Ltd 4,029
205 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc 3,992
206 Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA 3,989
207 Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd 3,985
208 BorgWarner Inc 3,975
209 CNH Industrial NV 3,967
210 InterDigital Inc 3,947
211 Faurecia SA 3,881
212 Advanced Micro Devices Inc 3,846
213 Rohm Co Ltd 3,823
214 Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA 3,812
215 Novartis AG 3,807
216 Wistron Corp 3,801
217 Nitto Denko Corp 3,760
218 Capital Medical University 3,739
219 Microchip Technology Inc 3,737
220 Henkel AG and Co KGaA 3,718
221 ThyssenKrupp AG 3,692
222 China Telecommunications Corp 3,678
223 Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd 3,662
224 Hisense Home Appliances Group Co Ltd 3,653
225 VMware Inc 3,631
226 Samsung Electro Mechanics Co Ltd 3,627
227 Coolpad Group Ltd 3,556
228 Evonik Industries AG 3,529
229 Nikon Corp 3,492
230 Stryker Corp 3,488
231 Whirlpool Corp 3,451
232 Danfoss AS 3,432
233 Fuji Electric Co Ltd 3,398
234 Xilinx Inc 3,344
235 United Microelectronics Corp 3,333
236 Kobe Steel Ltd 3,308
237 Amphenol Corp 3,307
238 Showa Denko KK 3,301
239 Zhejiang University of Science and Technology ZUST 3,294
240 Daimler AG 3,285
241 Zhejiang Ocean University ZJOU 3,275
242 Merck and Co Inc 3,253
243 MinebeaMitsumi Inc 3,243
244 Toray Industries Inc 3,235
245 Lockheed Martin Corp 3,189
246 Electrolux AB 3,181
247 Technicolor SA 3,178
248 Asahi Kasei Corp 3,147
249 ASML Holding NV 3,137
250 Macronix International Co Ltd 3,135
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This analysis calculates the world's largest active patent holders, including subsidiaries, as a snapshot in time as of January 4, 2022.

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