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January 10, 2006
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Press Release, 06-03

USPTO Releases Annual List of Top 10 Organizations Receiving Most U.S. Patents

American Innovation Continues to Top the Field

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2005 top 10 global private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking.

“America’s technological and economic strength is the result of its tremendous ingenuity,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas. “The USPTO has taken and will continue to take aggressive steps that will enhance quality and improve productivity to ensure that U.S. intellectual property protection remains the best in the world, protecting American innovation and sustaining economic growth.”

Top 10 Private Sector Patent Recipients for the 2005 Calendar Year
 
Preliminary Rank in 2005
Preliminary # Patents in 2005
Organization
(Final Rank
in 2004)
(Final Number of Patents in 2004)
1
2,941
International Business Machines Corporation
(1)
(3,248)
2
1,828
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
(3)
(1,805)
3
 1,797*
Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. *
(4)
(1,775)
4
1,688
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
(2)
(1,934)
5
1,641
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
(6)
(1,604)
6
1,561
Micron Technology, Inc
(5)
(1,760)
7
1,549
Intel Corporation
(7)
(1,601)
8
1,271
Hitachi, Ltd
(8)
(1,513)
9
1,258
Toshiba Corporation
(9)
(1,311)
10
1,154
Fujitsu Limited
(11)
(1,296)

*Calendar year counts for 2005 for Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. include seven patents issued to Hewlett-Packard Company.



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