IBM, Samsung Lead Booming 2010 Patent Market: Study

Law360, New York (January 10, 2011, 3:18 PM EST) -- IBM Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. took home the most U.S. patents in 2010, while the overall number of patents issued continues to skyrocket despite global economic pressures, according to a new study released Monday.

The number of new utility patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued in 2010 rose 31 percent compared to 2009, the biggest jump on record, a study by patent data company IFI Claims Patent Services said.

The report, which looked at USPTO data to determine which global...
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