For more than 20 years, IFI has been producing a ranking of the top patent producing companies in the United States that is trusted throughout the world. Using proprietary algorithms to analyze U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data, we accurately rank global patent assignees by number of utility patents received each calendar year. Patent statistics such as share by country, change in company rankings, and top classification codes are also included.
2016 saw 304,126 utility patent grants, the most on record in a single year. IBM again holds the #1 slot, which it has for 24 consecutive years, with 8,088 patents—up nearly 10 percent over 2015 and the most any company has ever acquired in a calendar year. The other Top 5 recipients remain unchanged from 2015 with Samsung at #2, Canon at #3, Qualcomm at #4, and Google again at #5.