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2016’s Top 100 – Companies Granted most US Patents

The total number of patents granted by the USPTO in 2016 was 333,583, up 2.3 percent from 2015. The percent change for an individual company could be affected by mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and many other factors. Patents granted to parent and subsidiary companies are combined in many instances. Citius Minds makes reasonable efforts to avoid errors, but cannot guarantee accuracy.

2016 RankCompany2016 Grants2015 GrantsPercent Change From 2015
1Samsung Group10,1639,6385.4
2International Business Machines Corp8,0637,32310.1
3LG Corp.4,5484,2955.9
5Google LLC3,3893,3261.9
6Qualcomm Inc.3,0203,033-0.4
7Intel Corp3,0012,10542.6
8Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC2,9542,7338.1
9Apple Inc.2,5352,13518.7
10Sony Corp2,4572,700-9.0
11Toshiba Corp2,2982,935-21.7
12Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd2,2871,76929.3
13General Electric Co2,1032,0990.2
14Panasonic Corp2,0882,527-17.4
17Hitachi, Ltd18921988-4.8
18Fujitsu Ltd1,7981,7691.6
20Amazon Technologies Inc.1,6961,16046.2
21Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson1,6961,5469.7
22Seiko Epson Corp1,6631,6331.8
23GlobalFoundries Inc.1,48975996.2
24Siemens AG14581573-7.3
25Ricoh Co Ltd1,4511,707-15.0
26Sumitomo Group140613266.0
27Huawei Technologies Co Ltd1,39594647.5
28Robert Bosch GmbH1,2971,2265.8
29GM Global Technology Operations LLC1,2481,440-13.3
30Hyundai Motor Co1,24787342.8
31Xerox Corp.12271432-14.3
32Koninklijke Philips N.V.1,1941,1097.7
33AT&T Corp11911,220-2.4
35Hewlett Packard Enterprise11541431-19.4
36SK Hynix Inc.1,12788028.1
37Honda Group10821,169-7.4
38Sharp Corp10821249-13.4
39Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd1,0751,136-5.4
40Boeing Co10519817.1
41NEC Corp10441,092-4.4
42NXP Semiconductors N.V./Freescale Semiconductor9969663.1
43Cisco Technology Inc9909801.0
44Nokia Technologies Oy9639145.4
45Brother Industries Ltd9561,230-22.3
46BOE Technology Group Co Ltd936372151.6
47Infineon Technologies AG92577120.0
48Texas Instruments Inc.90982010.9
49Micron Technology Inc.863958-9.9
50Micron Technology, Inc.861958-10.1
51Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.8361113-24.9
52Broadcom Corp.8321102-24.5
53Denso Corp.811830-2.3
54STMicroelectronics, Inc.8027793.0
55Blackberry Ltd7911083-27.0
56Fujifilm Corp.773816-5.3
57Honeywell International Inc.705780-9.6
58Oracle International Corp7006970.4
59Nike, Inc.69150038.2
60Airbus Operations GmbH674687-1.9
61Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.64757811.9
62Marvell Technology Group633970-34.7
633M Innovative Properties Co62856411.3
64Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute618806-23.3
65Olympus Corp.604613-1.5
67Renesas Electronics Corp.599606-1.2
68Medtronic Inc.588605-2.8
69Alcatel Lucent582718-18.9
70The Regents of the University of California5695376.0
71Dell Technologies56743131.6
72Konica Minolta, Inc.558604-7.6
73Halliburton Energy Services Inc.55246718.2
74BASF SE548643-14.8
75The Dow Chemical Co.545582-6.4
76Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd52542623.2
77Applied Materials, Inc.52343719.7
78ZTE Corp51444415.8
79SAP AG513600-14.5
80Seagate Technology, LLC5105051.0
81Nissan Motor Company Ltd50842021.0
82Procter & Gamble Co.5014755.5
83Sprint Corp.498505-1.4
84Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd495496-0.2
85Caterpillar Inc.494626-21.1
87Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives4894664.9
88Japan Display Inc.46840017.0
89Monsanto Co4664464.5
90Schlumberger Technology Corp.452453-0.2
91Facebook Inc.45138915.9
92MediaTek Inc.4334222.6
93Corning Inc4304124.4
94ABB Group42738411.2
95Baker Hughes Inc.408483-15.5
96Yazaki Corp.4084002.0
97ExxonMobil Corp.40132523.4
98Industrial Technology Research Institute382430-11.2
99Tencent Technology Company Limited378160136.3
100Raytheon Co3753526.5

This list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents is being published by Citius Minds for the first time. It is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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