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U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Patent Technology Monitoring Team (PTMT)

Patenting By Geographic Region (State and Country),
Breakout By Organization

Count of 2009 - 2013 Utility Patent Grants,
By Calendar Year of Grant

- Explanation of Data -

Rank Ordered Listing of Organizations Receiving 5 or More Utility Patents During the Period
Originating From

NORTH CAROLINA

( patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor )

The following table displays first-named assignees and counts of their associated patents, as distributed by the year of patent grant.
First-Named Assignee 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION 429 484 487 503 439 2342
~INDIVIDUALLY OWNED PATENT 156 220 229 231 254 1090
CREE, INC. 46 70 69 79 124 388
CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. 51 81 73 63 56 324
BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION 6 12 29 106 139 292
TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL.) 24 48 54 84 59 269
LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD 39 46 34 65 52 236
RED HAT, INC. 12 19 36 61 103 231
SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB 56 65 63 42 3 229
DUKE UNIVERSITY 32 37 36 37 45 187
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA 20 34 24 36 49 163
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY 23 31 36 35 32 157
CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC 23 34 21 35 35 148
TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION 23 34 32 30 17 136
QUALCOMM, INC. 23 26 28 19 27 123
QURIO HOLDINGS, INC. 6 32 34 28 22 122
SAS INSTITUTE, INC. 11 29 23 22 18 103
RF MICRO DEVICES, INC. 13 14 31 12 18 88
E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY 16 27 8 15 18 84
ATC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 22 20 22 13 5 82
EATON CORPORATION 10 10 14 21 18 73
TEKELEC 14 33 18 6 0 71
R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY 9 19 15 11 16 70
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 5 14 10 22 17 68
COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC 0 0 12 26 25 63
NVIDIA CORPORATION 10 10 16 17 8 61
DEERE + COMPANY 15 18 9 9 8 59
EMC CORPORATION 14 12 8 9 15 58
ANALOG DEVICES, INC. 4 13 10 16 14 57
ALCATEL LUCENT 13 11 10 13 8 55
ATHENIX CORPORATION 7 11 10 18 9 55
SCENERA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 7 11 16 8 13 55
PARATA SYSTEMS, LLC 5 8 16 13 12 54
NETAPP, INC. 5 13 12 8 14 52
TIPPER TIE, INC. 8 12 14 7 9 50
BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY 10 15 7 5 11 48
BASF PLANT SCIENCE GMBH 14 6 10 8 7 45
IRWIN INDUSTRIAL TOOL COMPANY 10 13 14 3 5 45
GLOBAL NUCLEAR FUEL -- AMERICAS, LLC 12 8 4 10 10 44
HONDA GIKEN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.) 4 12 15 7 5 43
SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG 6 5 8 11 12 42
ALTERA CORPORATION 6 6 10 11 5 38
LORD CORPORATION 4 5 7 9 12 37
ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC. 1 3 15 10 7 36
GLAXOSMITHKLINE LLC 0 13 7 9 7 36
COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA 5 10 6 7 7 35
NETWORK APPLIANCE, INC. 13 9 5 5 3 35
ADVANCED LIQUID LOGIC, INC. 1 6 6 8 13 34
GE-HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY AMERICAS LLC 0 3 4 11 16 34
STATIC CONTROL COMPONENTS, INC. 9 6 9 2 7 33
TEKELEC, INC. 0 0 0 8 24 32
INTERSIL AMERICAS INC. 4 5 5 9 8 31
B/E AEROSPACE INCORPORATED 7 3 7 5 8 30
CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC. 3 2 6 5 14 30
DRAKA COMTEQ B.V. 4 2 8 11 5 30
ELSTER ELECTRICITY, LLC 7 11 3 5 4 30
TARGACEPT, INC. 1 5 6 11 7 30
EVONIK STOCKHAUSEN, INC. 3 3 4 9 9 28
INSPIRE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 6 7 7 4 4 28
ATI PROPERTIES, INC. 6 3 6 8 4 27
EDISON NATION, LLC 7 11 3 4 2 27
MEADWESTVACO CORPORATION 1 7 3 9 7 27
RAMBUS, INC. 4 5 2 6 10 27
BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION 1 5 3 5 12 26
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY 8 3 8 3 4 26
HBI BRANDED APPAREL ENTERPRISES, LLC 6 8 0 5 6 25
SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB 0 0 0 18 7 25
BIOPTIGEN, INC. 3 4 5 5 7 24
HAND-HELD PRODUCTS, INC. 2 3 4 6 9 24
PARION SCIENCES, INC. 0 4 7 9 4 24
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE 5 4 8 3 4 24
AT& T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. 4 2 10 3 4 23
CATERPILLAR INC. 3 1 4 6 9 23
CEM CORPORATION 4 5 7 4 3 23
THE STEEL NETWORK, INC. 8 5 1 4 5 23
TROXLER ELECTRONIC LABORATORIES, INC. 3 3 6 6 5 23
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. 1 4 4 10 4 23
CORNING INCORPORATED 2 6 4 3 7 22
NORTEL NETWORKS LIMITED 11 6 5 0 0 22
PENTAIR WATER POOL AND SPA, INC. 3 5 3 3 8 22
TRANSTECH PHARMA, INC. 2 8 5 0 7 22
ABB RESEARCH LTD. 4 6 3 3 5 21
GILBARCO, INC. 2 2 6 3 8 21
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. 9 0 7 3 2 21
WILSON-COOK MEDICAL, INC. 7 9 5 0 0 21
MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY, LLC 3 4 3 3 7 20
NEWELL WINDOW FURNISHINGS, INC. 1 7 5 5 2 20
QIMONDA NORTH AMERICA CORP. 5 13 2 0 0 20
VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA, INC. 0 3 5 9 3 20
BASF SE 0 2 3 5 9 19
EKTIMISI SEMIOTICS HOLDINGS, LLC 1 3 3 6 6 19
INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY 6 4 4 3 2 19
QIMONDA AG 0 8 8 2 1 19
SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATION 16 3 0 0 0 19
TIME WARNER CABLE, INC. 2 4 2 7 4 19
EXTREME NETWORKS, INC. 2 5 3 5 3 18
MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. 3 2 6 4 3 18
NAPO ENTERPRISES, LLC 0 1 4 8 5 18
PRECISION FABRICS GROUP, INC. 0 4 2 5 7 18
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC. 0 4 2 5 7 18
SONY CORPORATION 0 0 0 0 18 18
TRANS1 INC. 6 4 3 5 0 18
ADC DSL SYSTEMS, INC. 8 3 2 2 2 17
BROADCOM CORPORATION 0 2 4 7 4 17
ICAGEN, INC. 4 5 4 3 1 17
LIBERTY HARDWARE MANUFACTURING CORP. 0 0 5 6 6 17
M & C INNOVATIONS, LLC 4 2 0 2 9 17
ULTRA-MEK, INC. 2 4 2 4 5 17
BORGWARNER INC. 1 0 3 4 8 16
INTERNATIONAL RECTIFIER CORPORATION 0 1 5 3 7 16
INVUE SECURITY PRODUCTS INC. 2 2 1 4 7 16
RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED 0 3 6 4 3 16
BIOCON LIMITED 5 3 4 2 1 15
DIGITAL OPTICS CORPORATION 0 0 3 7 5 15
IDEXX LABORATORIES, INC. 4 5 2 3 1 15
RGB SYSTEMS, INC. 0 0 2 7 6 15
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, INCORPORATED 1 3 4 3 4 15
ZIPTRONIX, INC. 4 3 4 2 2 15
AFFINERGY, INC. 3 5 5 1 0 14
CAMFIL FARR INC. 3 4 4 2 1 14
CATERPILLAR S.A.R.L. 4 5 2 0 3 14
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY 5 3 2 3 1 14
PUROLATOR FILTERS NA LLC 2 2 3 3 4 14
QUILL MEDICAL, INC. 1 2 10 1 0 14
CELGARD INC. 3 5 0 2 3 13
MICROSOFT CORPORATION 6 3 1 2 1 13
PISGAH LABORATORIES, INC. 0 2 1 4 6 13
POLYMER GROUP, INC. 2 3 4 1 3 13
TERADATA US, INC. 2 7 2 2 0 13
CANYON IP HOLDINGS, LLC. 0 0 0 5 7 12
INNOVIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC 0 0 6 4 2 12
INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER 4 0 3 3 2 12
MASONITE CORPORATION 2 2 2 3 3 12
METABOLON, INC. 1 2 1 3 5 12
NCONTACT SURGICAL, INC. 1 3 2 4 2 12
OPNET TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 1 2 1 8 0 12
ABB TECHNOLOGY AG 3 5 0 2 1 11
BIOMERIEUX, INC. 0 2 0 1 8 11
CAREFUSION 303 INC. 0 2 4 3 2 11
ELSTER SOLUTIONS, LLC 0 0 0 5 6 11
HARRIS STRATEX NETWORKS, INC. 2 3 3 2 1 11
LEMI TECHNOLOGY, LLC 0 1 1 4 5 11
THERMACO, INC. 4 3 2 2 0 11
TRIPATH IMAGING, INC. 3 1 2 2 3 11
UNIMIN CORPORATION 3 4 3 1 0 11
VALSPAR SOURCING, INC. 0 1 2 3 5 11
WIX FILTRATION CORP. 3 3 0 4 1 11
AVAYA INC. 0 2 0 5 3 10
BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 4 4 0 0 2 10
BIOLEX THERAPEUTICS, INC. 1 2 5 2 0 10
BRIGHT VIEW TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 4 3 1 2 0 10
CONSERT, INC. 0 1 1 5 3 10
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. 7 1 0 0 2 10
EMBARQ HOLDINGS COMPANY LLC 2 6 2 0 0 10
GEOPIER FOUNDATION COMPANY, INC. 1 0 3 3 3 10
GRIFOLS THERAPEUTICS INC. 0 0 1 4 5 10
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. 2 4 2 2 0 10
JUNIPER NETWORKS, INC. 3 4 1 2 0 10
L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY 1 1 3 3 2 10
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC. 6 2 1 1 0 10
MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. 0 1 2 3 4 10
NEXANS 3 2 0 3 2 10
PERGO, AB 2 1 0 3 4 10
SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION, INC. 0 0 2 3 5 10
TESSERA NORTH AMERICA, INC. 1 7 2 0 0 10
UNITIVE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 4 4 1 1 0 10
VOITH PAPER PATENT GMBH 2 2 5 1 0 10
ZURN INDUSTRIES, LLC. 3 1 1 2 3 10
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC. 1 3 3 0 2 9
CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS, INC. 0 2 1 2 4 9
DONNELLY CORPORATION 1 3 3 1 1 9
HIGH POINT PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC 1 0 2 1 5 9
HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC. 0 3 1 1 4 9
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG 7 2 0 0 0 9
IROBOT CORPORATION 0 0 2 4 3 9
KENNAMETAL INC. 1 1 1 2 4 9
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION 1 2 1 1 4 9
LITERA TECHNOLOGY LLC. 0 2 2 1 4 9
LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC. 1 0 1 1 6 9
MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A. 0 0 0 3 6 9
SAFFRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. 4 2 1 1 1 9
SCOTT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 0 2 2 2 3 9
SEALY TECHNOLOGY LLC 1 4 2 1 1 9
SICEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 5 1 3 0 0 9
SYNECOR, LLC 0 0 4 3 2 9
TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. 0 5 0 3 1 9
TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION 0 0 0 1 8 9
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 0 3 3 1 2 9
UNITED THERAPEUTICS CORPORATION 1 0 2 2 4 9
AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 0 1 1 0 6 8
APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. 0 1 4 2 1 8
BANNER PHARMACAPS INC. 0 0 1 5 2 8
BAROSENSE, INC. 1 1 2 4 0 8
BIOLINK LIFE SCIENCES, INC. 2 1 2 3 0 8
BSN MEDICAL, INC. 1 3 3 0 1 8
C CHANGE SURGICAL LLC 1 1 2 3 1 8
CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG HOSPITAL AUTHORITY 2 2 1 0 3 8
CORMETECH, INC. 1 4 0 3 0 8
DAY INTERNATIONAL, INC. 3 0 1 1 3 8
DELTA ELECTRONICS INC. 0 0 1 5 2 8
ECOLAB USA INC. 0 0 3 3 2 8
ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC 0 2 0 4 2 8
EMBREX INC. 3 0 0 3 2 8
GLAXO GROUP LIMITED 2 1 0 3 2 8
HITWISE PTY. LTD. 1 2 3 1 1 8
MILLIKEN & COMPANY 1 3 2 0 2 8
NEXTREME THERMAL SOLUTIONS, INC. 2 4 1 0 1 8
NOVOZYMES NORTH AMERICA, INC. 1 2 1 3 1 8
ORIEL THERAPEUTICS, INC. 1 1 1 3 2 8
PBI PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, INC. 2 1 2 1 2 8
SIEMENS ENERGY, INC. 1 2 5 0 0 8
WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC 0 0 1 2 5 8
ATI INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION, INC. 0 0 2 2 3 7
BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP 0 1 0 2 4 7
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST COMPANY 1 0 1 1 4 7
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION 1 3 2 1 0 7
COGNOSCI, INC. 0 0 3 4 0 7
CONFINEMENT TELEPHONY TECHNOLOGY, LLC 0 0 4 1 2 7
DSG TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LTD 0 4 0 1 2 7
ENDURA PRODUCTS, INC. 0 1 0 2 4 7
GOOGLE, INC. 0 0 1 1 5 7
HAYWARD INDUSTRIES, INC. 0 2 1 4 0 7
MEDI-PHYSICS, INC. 2 2 3 0 0 7
MICROCELL CORPORATION 2 2 2 1 0 7
NOMACO INC. 1 0 1 3 2 7
OTO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 0 1 1 2 3 7
PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO INC. 1 1 2 2 1 7
RENSCIENCE IP HOLDINGS INC. 1 3 2 1 0 7
ROCK-TENN SHARED SERVICES, LLC 1 1 0 2 3 7
SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC. 0 0 1 1 5 7
TEARSCIENCE, INC. 0 1 1 3 2 7
WYETH 1 2 1 1 2 7
YALE SECURITY INC. 0 0 1 1 5 7
ABO ENTERPRISES, LLC 0 1 3 1 1 6
ADHEZION BIOMEDICAL, LLC., 0 0 0 3 3 6
ARGOS THERAPEUTICS INC 0 1 0 2 3 6
ARMSTRONG, QUINTON CO. LLC 0 0 0 5 1 6
AXLAND COMEC, LLC 4 1 0 1 0 6
BELL AND HOWELL, LLC 0 0 0 2 4 6
BIOMEDFLEX, LLC 0 0 4 1 1 6
CAMCO MANUFACTURING, INC. 1 2 1 1 1 6
CONTINENTAL AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 0 0 4 1 1 6
COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY 1 1 4 0 0 6
CRANIAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. 1 0 2 1 2 6
DIGITAL REG OF TEXAS, LLC 0 0 3 1 2 6
ERICSSON, INC. 2 1 1 2 0 6
GENERAL DYNAMICS ADVANCED INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC 1 1 1 1 2 6
HIGHLAND INDUSTRIES, INC. 0 2 0 3 1 6
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. 2 1 1 0 2 6
ICAP SERVICES NORTH AMERICA LLC 0 1 0 2 3 6
INNEROPTIC TECHNOLOGY INC. 0 1 0 1 4 6
JHRG, LLC 1 3 1 1 0 6
KONTEK INDUSTRIES, INC. 0 0 0 1 5 6
KYMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 0 2 1 1 2 6
MARTIN MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LLC 1 2 0 1 2 6
MICROELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 1 3 0 0 2 6
NMHG OREGON, INC. 0 3 2 0 1 6
OPTOPO INC. 0 2 0 2 2 6
PIEDMONT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, INC. 0 1 2 3 0 6
PIPER MEDICAL, INC. 0 1 1 3 1 6
POLYZEN, INC. 0 0 2 2 2 6
RAMSEY PRODUCTS CORPORATION 1 1 0 1 3 6
REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS, INC. 0 0 1 5 0 6
ROCKSTAR BIDCO L.P. 0 0 0 6 0 6
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 1 1 3 0 1 6
SAEBO, INC. 1 0 2 3 0 6
SCIQUEST, INC. 0 0 3 2 1 6
SCYNEXIS, INC. 1 1 0 2 2 6
SHIONOGI + CO. LTD. 0 0 0 3 3 6
SPINEWAVE, INC. 2 2 1 0 1 6
TEKELEC GLOBAL, INC. 0 0 0 2 4 6
TRIALCARD, INC. 0 1 3 0 2 6
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, THE REGENTS OF 2 0 3 1 0 6
US CONEC LTD. 0 1 2 1 2 6
VALENCELL, INC. 0 0 0 5 1 6
WILLIAMS INNOVATIONS, LLC 2 2 1 1 0 6
WISPRY, INC. 1 0 2 3 0 6
AKEVA, L.L.C. 4 0 0 1 0 5
BOWE BELL & HOWELL COMPANY 3 1 1 0 0 5
CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC. 0 1 0 3 1 5
CARRIER CORPORATION 0 0 0 2 3 5
CDA PROCESSING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY 0 0 0 2 3 5
CERTES NETWORKS, INC. 0 0 1 2 2 5
COLUMN & POST., INC. 3 0 0 1 1 5
CYRIL BATH COMPANY 2 1 2 0 0 5
DELTASPHERE, INC. 3 1 1 0 0 5
DOMINGO ENTERPRISES, LLC 1 0 1 2 1 5
EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC 0 0 0 2 3 5
HARRIS STRATEX NETWORKS OPERATING CORPORATION 0 1 0 2 2 5
INI POWER SYSTEMS, INC. 0 0 1 3 1 5
INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS GROUP NORTH AMERICA, INC. 1 3 0 0 1 5
INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L. 1 2 1 0 1 5
KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 0 0 1 3 1 5
LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO. INC. 0 1 1 1 2 5
MALLARD CREEK POLYMERS, INC. 2 2 1 0 0 5
MARCON INTERNATIONAL, INC. 0 4 0 0 1 5
MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION 1 1 2 0 1 5
NETWORK INTEGRITY SYSTEMS INC. 1 2 0 2 0 5
NITRONEX CORPORATION 2 3 0 0 0 5
ORACLE AMERICA, INC. 0 2 0 0 3 5
ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION 0 2 2 0 1 5
POKERTEK, INC. 2 3 0 0 0 5
REICHHOLD, INC. 0 0 4 1 0 5
ROCKSTAR CONSORTIUM US LP 0 0 0 0 5 5
S. E. HUFFMAN CORPORATION 2 1 1 0 1 5
SARDA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 0 0 0 1 4 5
SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG 0 0 0 1 4 5
SCION NEUROSTIM LLC 0 0 0 3 2 5
SIRIT TECHNOLOGIES INC. 1 2 2 0 0 5
SQUARE D COMPANY 4 1 0 0 0 5
STI LICENSING CORP. 1 2 2 0 0 5
SWIFT CREEK SYSTEMS, LLC 4 0 0 0 1 5
SYNOPSYS INC. 0 1 0 2 2 5
TELEFLEX MEDICAL, INC. 1 0 0 3 1 5
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 1 0 2 2 0 5
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 0 1 1 3 0 5
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS 0 2 1 1 1 5
VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING, INC. 0 0 0 0 5 5
ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, AG 0 2 1 0 2 5
ZIBRA, LLC 0 1 0 2 2 5



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