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Graphic Arts Giants Among Patent Leaders

February 02, 2010
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Canon, HP, Ricoh, Fujifilm and Xerox were among the top U.S. patent earners of 2009 in a ranking compiled by IFI Patent Intelligence. Canon placed fourth with 2,206 patents. HP ranked 10th with 1,273 patents, Ricoh ranked 15th with 988, Fujifilm ranked 19th with 880 and Xerox had 706 patents, ranking 28th. If the ranking were to include both Xerox and its Fuji Xerox venture, that number would be 1,331, placing it ninth.

Below are the top U.S. patent earners of 2009, as compiled by IFI Patent Intelligence, a firm specializing in patent databases:

Rank Company Name 2009 Patents
1 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP 4914
2 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD KR 3611
3 MICROSOFT CORP 2906
4 CANON K K JP 2206
5 PANASONIC CORP JP (1) 1829
6 TOSHIBA CORP JP 1696
7 SONY CORP JP 1680
8 INTEL CORP 1537
9 SEIKO EPSON CORP JP 1330
10 HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT CO L P (2) 1273
11 FUJITSU LTD JP 1220
12 LG ELECTRONICS INC KR 1065
13 HITACHI LTD JP 1058
14 HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO LTD TW   995
15 RICOH CO LTD JP   988
16 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO   979
17 MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC   966
18 CISCO TECHNOLOGY INC   913
19 FUJIFILM CORP JP   880
20 HONDA MOTOR CO LTD JP   774
21 HDENSO CORP JP   745
22 SIEMENS AG DE   716
23 BROADCOM CORP   714
24 SHARP K K JP   657
25 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC   655
26 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC   652
27 NOKIA AB OY FI   648
28 XEROX CORP   624
29 INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG DE   605
30 LG DISPLAY CO LTD KR (3)   597
31 HYNIX SEMICONDUCTOR INC KR   587
32 SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC   561
33 SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO LTD JP   545
34 BOEING CO THE   534
35 BROTHER KOGYO K K JP   532
35 MITSUBISHI DENKI K K JP   532
35 TOYOTA JIDOSHA K K JP   532
38 GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS INC   531
39 NEC CORP JP   526
40 KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N V NL   515
41 SILVERBROOK RESEARCH PTY LTD AU   474
42 BOSCH, ROBERT GMBH DE   467
43 AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I L P   444
44 SANYO ELECTRIC CO LTD JP   443
45 FUJI XEROX CO LTD JP   425
46 SAMSUNG SDI CO LTD KR   423
47 ALCATEL-LUCENT USA INC   413
48 INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE TW   397
49 NEC ELECTRONICS CORP JP   391
50 HITACHI GLOBAL STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES NETHERLANDS B V   385

 

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