2016 Top 50 US Patent Assignees

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Assignee 2016 Grants 2015 Grants % Change Previous Rank Rank Change
1
International Business Machines Corp
8,088
7,355
9.97
1
0
2
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
5,518
5,072
8.79
2
0
3
Canon KK
3,665
4,134
-11.34
3
0
4
Qualcomm Inc
2,897
2,900
-0.1
4
0
5
Google Inc
2,835
2,835
0
5
0
6
Intel Corp
2,784
2,048
35.94
9
3
7
LG Electronics Inc
2,428
2,242
8.3
8
1
8
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
2,398
1,956
22.6
10
2
9
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd
2,288
1,774
28.97
13
4
10
Sony Corp
2,181
2,455
-11.16
7
-3
11
Apple Inc
2,102
1,938
8.46
11
0
12
Samsung Display Co Ltd
2,023
1,838
10.07
12
0
13
Toshiba Corp
1,954
2,627
-25.62
6
-7
14
Amazon Technologies Inc
1,662
1,136
46.3
26
12
15
Seiko Epson Corp
1,647
1,620
1.67
16
1
16
General Electric Co
1,646
1,757
-6.32
14
-2
17
Fujitsu Ltd
1,568
1,467
6.88
19
2
18
Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson
1,552
1,407
10.31
20
2
19
Ford Global Technologies LLC
1,524
1,185
28.61
24
5
20
Toyota Motor Corp
1,417
1,581
-10.37
17
-3
21
Ricoh Co Ltd
1,412
1,627
-13.21
15
-6
22
GlobalFoundries Inc
1,407
609
131.03
60
38
23
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd
1,400
1,474
-5.02
18
-5
24
Robert Bosch GmbH
1,207
1,142
5.69
25
1
25
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
1,202
800
50.25
44
19
26
SK Hynix Inc
1,125
891
26.26
39
13
27
GM Global Technology Operations LLC
1,123
1,315
-14.6
21
-6
28
Koninklijke Philips NV
1,069
923
15.82
37
9
29
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd
1,054
1,129
-6.64
27
-2
30
Boeing Co
1,053
976
7.89
34
4
31
Hyundai Motor Co
1,035
744
39.11
50
19
32
Mitsubishi Electric Corp
1,016
896
13.39
38
6
33
Siemens AG
984
1,011
-2.67
32
-1
34
Cisco Technology Inc
978
960
1.88
36
2
35
Brother Industries Ltd
926
1,187
-21.99
23
-12
36
Honda Motor Co Ltd
922
1,031
-10.57
31
-5
37
AT&T Intellectual Property I LP
921
885
4.07
40
3
38
NEC Corp
890
792
12.37
45
7
39
Texas Instruments Inc
887
808
9.78
43
4
40
BOE Technology Group Co Ltd
870
285
205.26
122
82
41
Micron Technology Inc
863
961
-10.2
35
-6
42
Sharp Corp
829
997
-16.85
33
-9
43
Broadcom Corp
823
1,085
-24.15
28
-15
44
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd
803
1,083
-25.85
29
-15
45
BlackBerry Ltd
771
1,071
-28.01
30
-15
46
Denso Corp
756
778
-2.83
46
0
47
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc
742
692
7.23
52
5
48
FUJIFILM Corp
699
747
-6.43
47
-1
49
Nokia Technologies Oy
695
400
73.75
88
39
50
Honeywell International Inc
672
746
-9.92
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.

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