IBM disputes over the ranking Samsung acquired for the most number of US patents granted

Published By: Ken Bock on January 11, 2017 11:46 am EST

According to an online service tracking court of documents and patents, Samsung Electronics (OCTMKTS:SSNLF) has topped with list of being the company with the most patents granted last year. The report suggested 8,551 patents which were granted to the South Korean company.

Samsung has the top spot on a ranking index sorted by the granting on a number of US patents. Sqoop, an online service tracking court documents and patents, published a ranking report. The major difference in the 2016 ranking when compared with the 2015 one is that the South Korean company took the top place from International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM). According to the report, 8,551 patents were granted to Samsung. However, IBM was a bit short at 8,062.

IBM disputes over the ranking system from Sqoop. According to a press release published on January 9 by IBM, the company cites that it was granted 8,088 patents last year. Furthermore, it said that the Samsung was only granted 5,518.

The inconsistency in numbers is the result of the different methods used by IBM and Sqoop to calculate patents. IBM considered patent tracking data from IFI Claims, a firm that does not gather patents under a company’s name. On the other hand, Sqoop collected all of the South Korean company’s patents to a single company name on the list.

Following is Sqoop’s top 20 ranking of US patents granted in 2016:

  • Samsung — 8,551
  • International Business Machines Corporation — 8,062
  • LG — 4,102
  • Canon Kabushiki Kaisha — 3,673
  • Google — 3,210
  • Intel — 3,068
  • Qualcomm — 3,018
  • Sony — 2,653
  • Toshiba — 2,536
  • Microsoft — 2,389
  • Taiwan-Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. — 2,268
  • Apple Inc. — 2,115
  • Panasonic — 1,998
  • Amazon.com, Inc. — 1,659
  • Seiko Epson Corporation — 1,650
  • General Electric Company — 1,642
  • Fujitsu Limited — 1,582
  • Ford Global Technologies,LLC — 1,503
  • Toyota-Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha — 1,424
  • Ricoh Company,Ltd. — 1,414