The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the 2003 top 10 private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in calendar year 2003, along with their 2002 ranking. For the 11th consecutive year, IBM was number one, receiving 3,415 patents-more than any other private sector organization, and 70 percent more than the next highest patent holder.
In 2003, the U.S. companies included on the list of top 10 patenting organizations are International Business Machines Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company (fifth), Micron Technology, Inc. (sixth), and Intel Corporation (seventh). This year marks the first year that Intel Corporation appears on the top 10 list. Intel Corporation increased its number of patents 48 percent over 2002, and Hewlett-Packard Company increased its patent grants 27 percent over its 2002 count.
"The 2003 patent counts show American technological influence continuing to grow," noted Jon Dudas, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. "Patents protect intellectual endeavors and encourage technological progress, helping to nurture industries that create jobs for Americans."
The U.S. Government received 879 utility patents for the year, which would rank it 17th among the top patenting organizations for 2003.
Rank in 2003*
# Patents in 2003*
(Final Number of Patents in 2002)
|International Business Machines Corporation|
|Canon Kabushiki Kaisha|
|Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.|
|Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.|
|Micron Technology, Inc.|
|Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.|
|Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.|
*The patent counts are preliminary and are subject to correction. The final listing of patent counts for the top patenting organizations in 2003 will be available in the Patenting By Organizations report that should be available in early April.
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