Companies with the most wearables patents worldwide 2010-2019

As of July 2019, Samsung was the biggest owner of active wearables patent families. The company owned over 3.4 thousand patent families, which is over 1.6 thousand patent families more than the runner up. Microsoft owned the second most active families and LG Electronics the third most. In 2018, Microsoft surpassed LG Electronics. Samsung has been the leading company by number of active patent families for about four and a half years due to its exceptional growth which started in 2015. The statistic is based on data provided by PatentSight.

Largest wearables patent owners worldwide from 2010 to July 2019, by number of active patent families

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2010 to July 25th 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: "Wearables in general are smart electronic devices worn on the body, such as smart watches, body worn or body immersed sensors, video goggles, head-up-displays and virtual reality devices. The devices are most often used for virtual and augmented reality (smart glasses); for measuring, recording and tracking medical parameters on humans or for sensing and guiding exercises (smart watches, activity trackers) etc. Handheld devices, such as smartphones, are also considered as being a wearable, if they are of a wristwatch type. General smartphones are not covered by this field."

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