Companies with the most additive manufacturing patents worldwide 2011-2019

General Electric became the largest owner of active additive manufacturing patent families in 2016 and held this position till 2019, with approximately 992 families owned by the American company in 2019. That year, the company relegated HP Inc. to second place. The statistic is based on data provided by PatentSight.

Largest additive manufacturing patent owners worldwide from 2011 to November 2019, by number of active patent families

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Source

In cooperation with
LexisNexis PatentSight
Release date

January 2021

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2011 to December 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* A patent family is defined as a group of patent documents all of which have the same set of priorities. I.e., it is a group of patent documents that protect the same invention across authorities.

The owner of a patent includes all patents owned by a company and its subsidiaries (by at least 50%) based on comprehensive research on corporate structures, M&A, Spin-offs, company names changes, patent transactions. PatentSight also tracks former names of companies and subsidiaries, ongoing mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of the past, reassignments, companies that have the same applicant, and transliterations by patent offices.

Technology field definition by Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – ip-search: "Additive manufacturing is a process through which three-dimensional (3-D) solid objects are created. It enables the creation of physical 3-D models of objects using a series of additive or layered development framework, where layers are laid down in succession to create a complete 3-D object. First, it takes graphical data input from the computer, which is often created using a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tool, and cuts the data to serve separate object layers or components. The segmented/layered graphical data is sent to the 3-D printer, which applies the required combination of raw material for that particular layer. The printer then adds up the product development layer by layer until it is completely designed and finished according to the design criteria."

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