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January 11, 2000
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Press Release, 00-03

IBM Repeats at Top of USPTO's Annual List of 10 Organizations Receiving Most Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the top ten private sector patent recipients for the 1999 calendar year. Listed below are the ten corporations receiving the most patents for inventions in 1999, along with their ranking last year. For the seventh straight year, IBM received more utility patents than any other private sector organization.

The ten organizations with the most patents in 1999 consist of three U.S. corporations, six Japanese corporations, and one corporation from the Republic of Korea.


                                    	Rank in 1999 # Patents 	Organization	       (Final Rank)    (Final Number of)
	               in 1999			       (in 1998)       (Patents in 1998)
	
	        1	      2,756	International Business 	 (1)		(2,657)
	                            Machines Corporation
	        2      1,842        NEC Corporation             (3)              (1,627)
	        3      1,795        Canon Kabushiki Kaisha      (2)              (1,928)
	        4      1,545        Samsung Electronics Co.,    (6)              (1,304)
				 Ltd.
	        5      1,40         Sony Corporation            (5)              (1,316)
	        6      1,200        Toshiba Corporation         (8)              (1,170)
	        7      1,193        Fujitsu Limited             (7)              (1,189)
	        8      1,192        Motorola Inc.               (4)              (1,406)
	        9      1,153        Lucent Technologies Inc.   (13)              (928)
	       10      1,054        Mitsubishi Denki           (11)              (1,080)
	                            Kabushiki Kaisha

NOTE: The listed patent counts for 1999 are preliminary counts which are subject to correction. The final listing of 1999 patent counts for the top ten should be available by early April. These statistics reflect patent ownership at the time the patent was granted and do not include changes in ownership which may have occured after the patent was issued. Where there is more than one owner named on a patent, the patent is attributed to the first-named assignee.


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