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

Press Release

Brigid Quinn
Maria V. Hernandez

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 2,756International 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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