IBM, Samsung Keep Top Spots On Annual Patent Grants List

By Britain Eakin (January 6, 2022, 7:42 PM EST) -- IBM Corp. maintained its long-running status as the top patent owner in 2021 while Samsung clocked in close behind, but patent grants to companies that notched a spot on the list highlighting the top 300 patent owners released Thursday were largely down.

IBM has been a mainstay atop the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top patent owners, securing more U.S. patents than any other organization for nearly three decades. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the New York-based software company 8,540 patents in 2021, according to the annual report by the IPO and intellectual property boutique Harrity & Harrity...

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