USPTO Announces Top Patent Earners

IBM again tops the list
Press Release
PTO 98-1

Contact: Richard Maulsby /Lisa-Joy Zgorski
(703) 305-8341

Arlington, VA – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top patent recipients for the 1997 calendar year. The USPTO received over 210,000 patent applications in 1997 and issued over 120,000 patents.

The following organizations received the most patents for inventions, i.e. utility patents.

1997 Rank1997 PatentsOrganization1996 Rank1996 Patents
11,724IBM11,867
21,381Canon21,541
31,095NEC Corporation41,043
41,058Motorola Inc31,064
5935U.S. GOVERNMENT7923
6903Fujitsu Limited9869
6903Hitachi5963
8892Mitsubishi6934
9862Toshiba Corporation8914
10859Sony10855
11795Eastman Kodak Company13768

For the fifth straight year, IBM received more utility patents than any other non-federal patenting organization. The top 11 patenting organizations consist of three U.S. corporations, seven Japanese corporations, and the U.S. government.

Patent information presented reflects patent ownership at patent grant and does not include changes in ownership which occur after the patent grant. Where more than one assignee (owner)exists, patents are attributed to the first-named assignee.