IBM, Asians Led Pack In Patents In 2007: Report

Law360, New York (January 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- IFI Patent Intelligence, a company that produces databases on patents, has released its annual list of the world's top 35 U.S. patent-winning companies, with IBM Corp. topping the list for the 14th year in a row.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 157,284 utility patents in 2007, according to the IFI report, down 9.5% from the record number of patents issued in 2006.

“Although the total number of patents issued is down from 2006’s record high, it did beat 2005’s relatively low showing,” Darlene Slaughter,...
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