Korean tech giant Samsung tops the lists of number of utility patents applied for, number of utility patent applications granted and number of design patents received.
In 2019, Samsung was granted 9,413 utility patents, made 8,668 utility patent applications and received 605 design patents.
Meanwhile, none of the so-called big four companies – Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon – ranked especially highly.
The reason for this seems to be Samsung’s status as an older company. Samsung was founded before the outbreak of World War Two, while 2nd place IBM is over a century old.
IBM was granted 9,190 utility patents and made 8,292 utility patent applications.