This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration. Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
NEW YORK (
IBM(IBM - Get Report) topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients for the 20th consecutive year.
The Armonk, New York-based hardware and software giant was granted a record 6,478 patents in 2012, according to statistics compiled by
IFI Claims Patent Services, comfortably ahead of Korean gadget heavyweight
Samsung, which received 5,081 patents. Only two other U.S. firms made the top 10 --
Microsoft(MSFT - Get Report), in fifth place, with 2,613 patents, and
General Electric(GE - Get Report), in ninth, with 1,652 U.S. patents.
No. 1 PC maker
HP (HPQ - Get Report) was the next highest-ranked U.S. company, in 15th place with 1,394 patents, closely followed by
GM's(GM - Get Report)Global Technology Operations,
Qualcomm(QCOM - Get Report) and
Google(GOOG - Get Report) and
Apple(AAPL - Get Report) ranked 20th, 21st and 22nd, respectively.
Here's the top 10 list, according to IFI Claims Patent Services:
1. IBM2. Samsung3. Canon4. Sony5. Panasonic6. Microsoft7. Toshiba8. Hon Hai Precision Industry9. General Electric10. LG Electronics
IBM said that its latest raft of patents span areas such as
Big Data, which is dealing with large volumes of unstructured data, analytics, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and
software-defined technologies, as well as industries such as retail, banking, health care and transportation.
"We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific creativity, which grows out of IBM's century-long commitment to research and development," said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, in a statement.
Big Blue, which celebrated its
centennial in 2011, said that its inventors received nearly 67,000 patents between 1993 and 2012. Last year Google
acquired more than 200 patents from IBM in attempt to bolster its own patent portfolio.
IBM shares, which have gained 5.98% over the last 12 months, dipped 0.18% to $191.97 in early trading on Thursday.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
>To submit a news tip, send an email to: