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2017’s Top 100 – Companies Granted most US Patents

The total number of patents granted by the USPTO in 2017 was 351,406, up 5.3 percent from 2016. 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.

2017 RankCompany2017 Grants2016 GrantsPercent Change From 2016
1Samsung Group9,99510,163-1.7
2International Business Machines Corp9,0098,06311.7
3LG Corp.4,9124,5488.0
4Canon Kabushiki Kaisha3,4163,783-9.7
5Intel Corp3,4073,00113.5
6Google LLC2,8803,389-15.0
7Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC2,7192,954-8.0
8Qualcomm Inc.2,6763,020-11.4
9Apple Inc.2,5722,5351.5
10Sony Corp2,5302,4573.0
11Toyota2,5201,93430.3
12Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) Ltd2,4202,2875.8
13Toshiba Corp.2,2832,298-0.7
14General Electric Co2,2002,1034.6
15Mitsubishi Group2,1782,0058.6
16Ford2,0291,71218.5
17Amazon Technologies Inc.1,9871,69617.2
18Panasonic Corp1,9162,088-8.2
19Hitachi, Ltd17931892-5.2
20Fujitsu Ltd1,7261,798-4.0
21Huawei Technologies Co Ltd1,6481,39518.1
22Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson1,5821,696-6.7
23Hyundai Motor Co1,5321,24722.9
24Sumitomo Group148814065.8
25Siemens AG146814580.7
26BOE Technology Group Co Ltd1,43293653.0
27Seiko Epson Corp1,4281,663-14.1
28Robert Bosch GmbH1,2921,297-0.4
29GM Global Technology Operations LLC1,2921,2483.5
30Koninklijke Philips N.V.12801,1947.2
31Nike, Inc.121369175.5
32Ricoh Co Ltd1,1901,451-18.0
33AT&T Corp11841191-0.6
34Boeing Co1177105112.0
35Kyocera116711580.8
36Hewlett Packard Enterprise10721154-7.1
37Honda Group10471082-3.2
38Xerox Corp.10461227-14.8
39Infineon Technologies AG102692510.9
40Denso Corp.99781122.9
41Cisco Technology Inc.981990-0.9
42Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co Ltd9711,075-9.7
43SK Hynix Inc.9641,127-14.5
44Sharp Corp9551082-11.7
45NXP Semiconductors N.V./Freescale Semiconductor952996-4.4
46GlobalFoundries Inc.9461,489-36.5
47NEC Corp9361044-10.3
48Texas Instruments Inc.9309092.3
49Honeywell International Inc.91470529.6
50Nokia Technologies Oy912963-5.3
51Fujifilm Corp.8277737.0
52Micron Technology Inc.798863-7.5
53Micron Technology, Inc.795861-7.7
54Oracle International Corp7687009.7
55Brother Industries Ltd758956-20.7
56Halliburton Energy Services Inc.74355234.6
57STMicroelectronics, Inc.734802-8.5
58Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd70449542.2
59Dell Technologies69256722.0
60Facebook Inc.67445149.4
613M Innovative Properties Co6736287.2
62Olympus Corp.6626049.6
63Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.661836-20.9
64Airbus Operations GmbH642674-4.7
65Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd63252520.4
66Renesas Electronics Corp.6185993.2
67Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.616647-4.8
68The Regents of the University of California6015695.6
69The Dow Chemical Co.5905458.3
70Medtronic Inc.587588-0.2
71Konica Minolta, Inc.5755583.0
72Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute572618-7.4
73Procter & Gamble Co.56350112.4
74Japan Display Inc.55246817.9
75Caterpillar Inc.55149411.5
76MediaTek Inc.54643326.1
77Nissan Motor Company Ltd5445087.1
78Corning Inc.53143023.5
79Applied Materials, Inc.5295231.1
80Blackberry Ltd518791-34.5
81BASF SE518548-5.5
82Verizon512604-15.2
83Baker Hughes Inc.51040825.0
84United Technologies Corp.49336535.1
85Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives485489-0.8
86SAP AG473513-7.8
87Seagate Technology, LLC463510-9.2
88DuPont459492-6.7
89Alcatel Lucent451582-22.5
90ABB Group4444274.0
91ZTE Corp441514-14.2
92Schlumberger Technology Corp.439452-2.9
93Monsanto Co439466-5.8
94Avago Technologies42932332.8
95Marvell Technology Group420633-33.6
96Sprint Corp.386498-22.5
97Tencent Technology Company Limited370378-2.1
98Yazaki Corp366408-10.3
99Rolls-Royce Holdings36026834.3
100ROHM Semiconductor3563433.8

This list of organizations that received the most U.S. utility patents is being published by Citius Minds for the 2nd consecutive year. The list for 2016 is available here. It is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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