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The Patent Wars 2020

Even during pandemic, most companies kept busy in their drawing room, and won a lot of patents...


Article By Betallion44

January 14, 2021, 5:13 am

The founder of Apple, and a great visionary person, Steve Jobs, once joked at the Apple launch event of the first iPhone, and said:

“boy have we patented it!”

Moreover, The general counsel of Apple, Nancy R. Heinen also revealed (about Steve Jobs) that:

“His attitude was that if someone at Apple can dream it up, then we should apply for a patent, because even if we never build it, it's a defensive tool”.

Apple, like other companies, knew the importance and significance of patents in the industry. The more patents held by a company, increases the probability of its future success. The raw number of patents also highlight the level of innovation of a company. Some investors have a simple success mantra, which is to invest in those companies which have applied for (or won) the most number of patents in a given year. This gives investors some reasonable assurance about their investments in the company.

The year 2020 was a tough year for all. The people, the businesses and various organizations have suffered a lot due to Covid-19 pandemic. But, it has not stopped companies from innovating and safeguarding their inventions / ideas. It seems, although that businesses, and economy suffered a lot, in general, but the drawing rooms of various companies remained busy during that period.

The total number of patents granted in the US in the year 2019 were 354,428, and in the next year it reached 352,013. It was only 1% decline year over year (probably due to lockdowns). It shows that companies remained vigilant and tried to use their time efficiently, even with the economic downturn.

As per IFI Claims, the top 50 companies with highest number of patents during the year 2020 are mentioned below:

1 IBM 9130

2 Samsung Electronics 6415

3 Canon 3225

4 Microsoft 2905

5 Intel Corp 2867

6 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) 2833

7 LG Electronics 2831

8 Apple 2792

9 Huawei Applied sciences 2761

10 Qualcomm 2276

11 Amazon Technologies 2244

12 Sony 2239

13 BOE Know-how Group 2144

14 Toyota 2079

15 Ford 2025

16 Samsung Show 1902

17 Google 1817

18 Common Electric 1760

19 Micron Know-how 1535

20 Hyundai 1464

21 Boeing 1435

22 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 1366

23 Seiko Epson 1334

24 Kia Motors 1323

25 Panasonic 1283

26 AT&T 1238

27 Honda 1205

28 Mitsubishi 1204

29 Texas Instruments 1147

30 EMC 1094

31 Cisco 1059

32 Sharp 1042

33 Denso 1030

34 LG Show 989

35 Robert Bosch 965

36 Toshiba 957

37 LG Chem 947

38 Facebook 938

39 NEC 937

40 SK Hynix 930

41 RicohCoLtd 928

42 Fujitsu 917

43 Koninklijke Philips 874

44 Hewlett Packard 873

45 Dell 849

46 Fujifilm 814

47 Hewlett Packard Enterprise 807

48 GM  781

49 Halliburton Power 771

50 Murata Manufacturing 764

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