The Vertex Angle - April 2000

In the April 2000, The Vertex Angle newsletter, we asked "Do you know which corporation had the most patents issued in 1999? Was it DuPont, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sony, Intel or Compaq. How many US patents was this business granted? Was it: 3012, 2765, 2756, 2442, 1722 or 1217."

Answer:

As businesses strive to gain a competitive advantage, patenting activity continues to grow. Due to the ever-increasing technology developments in fields such as electronics, computer technology and telecommunications, it's not surprising that the top ten US patenting businesses are all from these sectors. IBM leads the list for the 7th year in a row.


 1999 Ranking

 Number of US Patents Issued

 Organization

 1

2756

 IBM

 2

1842

 NEC

 3

1795

 Canon

 4

1545 

 Samsung

 5

1409

 Sony

 6

1200

 Toshiba

 7

1193

 Fujitsu

 8

1192

 Motorola

 9

1153

 Lucent

 10

1054

 Mitsubishi

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