Earlier this year, we published an article stating that Apple was among the 10 companies that registered the most patents in 2018 in the United States. However, it was done by IFI Claims. Now, another one – released by Patently Apple and prepared by Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) – states that the company ranked 11th.
According to the association, Apple registered 2,147 patents, down 3.6% – in the IFI Claims study, there were 2,160, down 3%.
Even though they are very close numbers, these variations (both for Apple and for other companies) made Cupertino’s firm 11th in the IPO ranking, while in the IFI Claims it was 9th.
Check out part of the IPO ranking, below:
In both rankings, however, the Top 3 it was the same: IBM, Samsung and Canon.
The total number of patents granted by the USPTO in 2018, according to the IPO, was 307,759, a decrease of 3.5% compared to 2017. However, the number of registration requests increased in 2018 – as it takes about 1-2 years for patents to be granted, it is likely that in 2019-2020 the numbers of registrations will grow.
It is worth noting that registering a huge amount of patents does not necessarily make a company more innovative than its competitors – even so, it is still a sign that the research and development department is working in search of new ideas, solutions and technologies.