2020 Top 50 US Patent Assignees

The Top 50 ranking identifies 2020's most innovative companies within the US intellectual property space.
Analyzing patent grants, as seen in this report, allows you to determine which companies are actively inventing in new technology spaces.
Our ranking serves as a showcase of how IFI's patent data can be leveraged as an innovation metric for benchmarking top industry competitors.

Rank Name 2020 Grants 2019 Grants % Change Rank Change
1
International Business Machines Corp
9,130
9,262
-1 +0
2
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
6,415
6,469
-1 +0
3
Canon Inc
3,225
3,548
-9 +0
4
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
2,905
3,081
-6 +0
5
Intel Corp
2,867
3,020
-5 +0
6
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co TSMC Ltd
2,833
2,331
+22 +6
7
LG Electronics Inc
2,831
2,805
+1 -1
8
Apple Inc
2,791
2,490
+12 -1
9
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
2,761
2,418
+14 +1
10
Qualcomm Inc
2,276
2,348
-3 +1
11
Amazon Technologies Inc
2,244
2,427
-8 -2
12
Sony Corp
2,239
2,142
+5 +2
13
BOE Technology Group Co Ltd
2,144
2,177
-2 +0
14
Toyota Motor Corp
2,079
2,034
+2 +2
15
Ford Global Technologies LLC
2,025
2,468
-18 -7
16
Samsung Display Co Ltd
1,902
1,946
-2 +1
17
Google LLC
1,817
2,102
-14 -2
18
General Electric Co
1,760
1,818
-3 +0
19
Micron Technology Inc
1,535
1,268
+21 +6
20
Hyundai Motor Co
1,464
1,504
-3 +0
21
Boeing Co
1,435
1,383
+4 +1
22
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB
1,366
1,607
-15 -3
23
Seiko Epson Corp
1,334
1,345
-1 +0
24
Kia Motors Corp
1,323
921
+44 +17
25
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd
1,283
1,387
-7 -4
26
AT&T Intellectual Property I LP
1,238
1,158
+7 +3
27
Honda Motor Co Ltd
1,205
1,080
+12 +4
28
Mitsubishi Electric Corp
1,204
1,244
-3 -1
29
Texas Instruments Inc
1,147
894
+28 +13
30
EMC IP Holding Co LLC
1,094
926
+18 +9
31
Cisco Technology Inc
1,059
1,050
+1 +2
32
Sharp Corp
1,042
819
+27 +14
33
Denso Corp
1,030
1,052
-2 -1
34
LG Display Co Ltd
989
865
+14 +9
35
Robert Bosch GmbH
965
1,107
-13 -5
36
Toshiba Corp
957
1,170
-18 -8
37
LG Chem Ltd
947
791
+20 +13
38
Facebook Inc
938
989
-5 -2
39
NEC Corp
937
923
+2 +1
40
SK Hynix Inc
930
798
+17 +7
41
Ricoh Co Ltd
928
980
-5 -4
42
Fujitsu Ltd
917
1,008
-9 -7
43
Koninklijke Philips NV
874
973
-10 -5
44
Hewlett Packard Development Co LP
873
+0 +0
45
Dell Products LP
849
+0 +0
46
Fujifilm Corp
814
791
+3 +3
47
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
807
794
+2 +1
48
GM Global Technology Operations LLC
781
1,285
-39 -24
49
Halliburton Energy Services Inc
771
1,020
-24 -15
50
Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd
764
842
-9 -5
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† In April 2020 United Technologies Corp (UTC) acquired Raytheon and changed name from UTC to Raytheon Technologies Corp (RTC). UTC is the assignee of 492 US patents issued in 2020 while 669 have been issued with the RTC new name. If counts are combined, the total of 1161 would put RTC in 29th place in the top 50 ranking.

The table is accurate as of January 14, 2021.

Errata:

  • Updated Jan 13, 2021. The accuracy date was given as 2020 instead of 2021. The percentage figures were calculated from this year to last, instead of last year to this. Both errors are corrected.
  • Updated Jan 14, 2021. 2019 counts and numbers incorrectly reflected current counts and ranks. The 2019 data has been replaced with the actual counts and ranks published in January 2020.