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IBM Secures the Most Patents in 2018

According to data compiled by IFI Claims Patent Services, 308,853 US utility patents were granted in 2018,  representing a 3.5% decline from 2017’s record year. However, the number of pre-grant publications increased in 2018 from 2017, indicating that US patent activity remains strong.  IBM retains its record for obtaining the most patents in a year for the 26th year in a row.

IBM secured 9,100 US patents in 2018. Many of these patents relate to artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Samsung ranked second with 5,850 granted patents. Other significant patentees include: Canon (3,056), Intel (2,735), LG (2,474), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (2,465), and Microsoft (2,353).


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