Samsung Electronics has topped the U.S. patent list for three consecutive years.
The Korea Institute of Intellectual Property said on March 11 that Samsung Electronics has secured the top spot in a list of top 100 U.S. patent companies, which was announced in February by IAM, a U.S. publication that reports on intellectual property, and ktMINE, an intellectual property rights data analysis platform.
As of Jan. 1 2020, Samsung Electronics held 87,208 U.S. patents, followed by IBM with 55,678 patents, Canon with 38,657 and Microsoft with 36,372. Samsung Electronics has retained the top spot for the third year in a row after surpassing IBM in the 2018 survey.
The Korean tech giant registered 7,634 patents in the United States in 2019, the largest number.
Four other Korean companies were among the top 100. They were LG Electronics (5th), SK Group (55th), Hyundai Motor (64th), and LG Display (67th). The total number of the patents held by the top 100 companies edged up 2.8 percent from the previous year. The list included seven financial institutions.