Where IAM Market vendors placed among 1,000 leading recipients of US patent grants in 2016

Patent data firm IFI Claims recently published its annual listing of the 1,000 entities that received the most US patent grants over the past 12 months. IAM Market vendor IBM topped the ranking for the 24th consecutive year, receiving a recordbreaking 8,088 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2016.

In the table below, we have collated patent grant data from the IFI Claims list for each of IAM Market’s vendors.

IFI Claims lists subsidiaries and affiliates as separate entities, so we have followed its lead and included only grant data for each IAM Market vendor’s known parent entity. As an intermediary firm, Foxconn-affiliated MiiCs & Partners is excluded from the listing. However, we have included data for Hon Hai Precision Industry – which is MiiCs’ main client as the flagship company of Foxconn Group – as well as for Sharp, in which Foxconn acquired a majority stake for $3.8 billion last year. ROL Group is absent for the same reason; none of the packages it currently offers for sale via IAM Market are owned by entities listed among the top 1,000 US patent recipients.
 

Vendor Country of vendor 2016 rank 2015 rank Change in rank 2016 grants 2015 grants Notes
IBM United States 1 1 0 8,088 7,353 Hewlett-Packard split into two separate companies – HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise – in November 2015
Google United States 5 5 0 2,835 2,835  
Intel United States 6 9 3 2,784 2,049  
Sony Japan 10 7 -3 2,182 2,455  
Philips Netherlands 28 37 9 1,069 935  
Boeing United States 30 34 4 1,053 976  
AT&T United States 37 40 3 921 885  
NEC Japan 38 45 7 890 792  
Sharp Japan 42 33 -9 829 997 Part of Foxconn Group
Hon Hai Precision Industry Taiwan 44 29 -15 803 1,083 Part of Foxconn Group
Xerox United States 56 41 -15 629 809  
HP United States 59 22 -37 594 1,304 Hewlett-Packard split into two separate companies – HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise – in November 2015
Hewlett Packard Enterprise United States 83 861 778 458 34 Hewlett-Packard split into two separate companies – HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise – in November 2015
MediaTek Taiwan 121 136 15 281 247  
Technicolor France 139 989 850 243 4 Patents issued to Thomson Licensing
Rambus United States 216 213 -3 169 164  
Rovi United States 359 290 -69 101 119 Rovi merged with TiVo in September 2016
Stryker United States 561 694 133 65 49  
Harman United States 757 682 -75 48 50 Samsung Electronics agreed to acquire Harman in November 2016
Deutsche Telekom Germany 951 845 -106 37 35 Not including patents issued to T-Mobile US

 

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