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|
|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|
|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|
|Technicolor||France||139||989||850||243||4||Patents issued to Thomson Licensing|
|Rovi||United States||359||290||-69||101||119||Rovi merged with TiVo in September 2016|
|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|