Top 50 Patent Companies

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IBM today announced that, thanks to its 4,914 U.S. patents, it is for the 17th consecutive year the world’s most innovative company, according to data presented by IFI Patent Intelligence. Korea’s Samsung Electronics was second with 3,611 patents and Microsoft Corp. third with 2,906. For the second time in history, overseas companies obtained more patents than their North American counterparts (51 percent compared to 49 percent).

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