2017 Top 50 US Patent Assignees

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Company 2017 Grants 2016 Grants % Change Previous Rank Rank Change
1 International Business Machines Corp 9,043 8,090 12 1 0
2 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 5,837 5,521 6 2 0
3 Canon KK 3,285 3,665 -10 3 0
4 Intel Corp 3,023 2,793 9 6 2
5 LG Electronics Inc 2,701 2,430 11 7 2
6 Qualcomm Inc 2,628 2,925 -9 4 -2
7 Google LLC 2,457 2,842 -13 5 -2
8 Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC 2,441 2,410 2 8 0
9 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd 2,425 2,288 6 9 0
10 Samsung Display Co Ltd 2,273 2,025 12 12 2
11 Apple Inc 2,229 2,103 6 11 0
12 Sony Corp 2,135 2,184 -2 10 -2
13 Amazon Technologies Inc 1,963 1,672 18 14 1
14 Toyota Motor Corp 1,932 1,430 36 20 6
15 Ford Global Technologies LLC 1,868 1,525 23 19 4
16 General Electric Co 1,577 1,660 -4 15 -1
17 Toshiba Corp 1,555 1,965 -20 13 -4
18 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 1,552 1,552 0 18 0
19 Fujitsu Ltd 1,538 1,568 -2 17 -2
20 Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 1,474 1,202 23 25 5
21 BOE Technology Group Co Ltd 1,413 870 62 40 19
22 Seiko Epson Corp 1,406 1,650 -15 16 -6
23 Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd 1,338 1,400 -4 23 0
24 Hyundai Motor Co 1,304 1,036 26 31 7
25 Robert Bosch GmbH 1,234 1,209 2 24 -1
26 Boeing Co 1,177 1,055 12 29 3
27 Mitsubishi Electric Corp 1,151 1,016 13 32 5
28 Ricoh Co Ltd 1,145 1,412 -19 21 -7
29 GM Global Technology Operations LLC 1,066 1,124 -5 27 -2
30 Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd 977 1,054 -7 30 0
31 Cisco Technology Inc 967 978 -1 34 3
32 AT&T Intellectual Property I LP 946 922 3 36 4
33 SK Hynix Inc 942 1,126 -16 26 -7
34 Siemens AG 939 985 -5 33 -1
35 Denso Corp 929 757 23 46 11
36 Texas Instruments Inc 923 888 4 39 3
37 Honda Motor Co Ltd 910 922 -1 36 -1
38 Koninklijke Philips NV 905 1,070 -15 28 -10
39 Honeywell International Inc 856 673 27 51 12
40 GlobalFoundries Inc 853 1,410 -39 22 -18
41 NEC Corp 820 890 -8 38 -3
42 Micron Technology Inc 802 863 -7 41 -1
43 Oracle International Corp 753 667 14 52 9
44 Halliburton Energy Services Inc 738 552 35 66 22
45 Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd 708 531 44 67 22
46 Brother Industries Ltd 705 927 -24 35 -11
47 FUJIFILM Corp 695 699 -1 49 2
48 Sharp Corp 684 830 -17 42 -6
49 Infineon Technologies AG 680 618 10 57 8
50 Facebook Inc 660 445 49 85 35

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

2017 Grant counts are based on data available as of January 1, 2018.

2016 Grant counts are based on rankings produced on January 7, 2017.