Companies with the most patents granted 2018

This statistic shows a ranking of companies according to how many patents had been assigned to them as of the end of 2018. IBM had 9,100 patents assigned to them at this time. IBM has held the first position in patent grants 24 years in a row. Patents grant exclusionary rights to an invention - a product or process that is a solution to a specific technological problem. They can be seen as an indicator of innovation, to track rates of technological change or progress, or monitor the health of research and development. Where specific patents are linked to businesses, they can occasionally be used as a barometer for judging the current or future direction of a business's interests.

Companies with the most U.S. patents granted to them in 2018

Number of granted U.S. patents
International Business Machines Corp9,100
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd5,850
Canon KK3,056
Intel Corp2,735
LG Electronics Inc2,474
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd2,465
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC2,353
Qualcomm Inc2,300
Apple Inc2,160
Ford Global Technologies LLC2,123
Google Inc2,070
Amazon Technologies Inc2,035
Toyota Motor Corp1,959
Samsung Display Co Ltd1,948
Sony Corp1,688
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd1,680
BOE Technology Group Co Ltd1,634
General Electric Co1,597
Hyundai Motor Co1,369
Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson1,353
Seiko Epson Corp1,285
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co Ltd1,254
Boeing Co1,227
Robert Bosch GmbH1,136
Mitsubishi Electric Corp1,106
Toshiba Corp1,104
GM Global Technology Operations LLC1,046
Ricoh Co Ltd1,043
Fujitsu Ltd1,038
United Technologies Corp1,011
Denso Corp1,003
AT&T Intellectual Property I LP985
Honda Motor Co Ltd926
Micron Technology Inc924
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd870
Siemens AG870
Cisco Technology Inc848
Koninklijke Philips NV844
Halliburton Energy Services Inc807
EMC IP Holding Co LLC801
SK Hynix Inc801
Texas Instruments Inc785
Honeywell International Inc749
Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd743
NEC Corp715
Toshiba Memory Corp700
Oracle International Corp685
LG Display Co Ltd681
Dell Products LP668
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January 2019


United States

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