Japanese Co's Lead List of Firms Receiving Patents in U.S. (CAJ, MC, HIT, IBM, HPQ, INTC, MU)

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Includes: CAJ, HPQ, HTHIY, IBM, INTC, MC-OLD, MU
by: Steven Towns

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently released their annual list of the top-10 private sector patent recipients for the 2005 calendar year. International Business Machine (IBM) held on to the top spot by a wide margin over number two Canon (CAJ). Japan had the largest number of firms (5) followed by the U.S. (4). South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. moved up a spot into the number five position. See below for the entire list and a link.

1. IBM 2,941
2. Canon 1,828
3. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 1,797
4. Matsushita Electric Industrial (MC) 1,688
5. Samsung Electronics 1,641
6. Micron Technology 1,561
7. Intel Corp. (INTC) 1,549
8. Hitachi (HIT) 1,271
9. Toshiba Corp. 1,258
10. Fujitsu Limited 1,154

Source and link to data release: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Home Page