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Samsung ranks 2nd in 2018 U.S. patent grants

All News 09:40 January 10, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. grabbed the No. 2 spot in U.S. patent grants among global corporate giants in 2018, industry data showed Thursday.

Samsung Electronics, the world's top smartphone and memory chip maker, received 5,850 U.S. patent grants last year, up 13 from the previous year, according to the data from IFI Claims Patent Services, provider of a top global patent data platform.

IBM topped the list with 9,100 grants, up 1 percent from a year earlier, maintaining U.S. company's position as top patent leader for a 26th consecutive year.

Canon followed Samsung with 3,056. Intel came next with 2,735 then LG Electronics Inc. with 2,474. All registered declines from a year earlier.

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Other South Korean firms included Samsung Display Co., which ranked 14th with 1,948 grants. Hyundai Motor Co. placed 19th with 1,369.

Last year, U.S. patent grants totaled 308,853, down 3.5 percent from the previous year.

By country, the U.S. took up the largest share, at 46 percent, followed by Japan with 16 percent, South Korea with 6.5 percent, Germany with 5 percent and China 4 percent.

China was the only major patenting country to report an on-year increase in the 2018 patent grants.

The data also showed Samsung Electronics holding the top spot in terms of active patent families with 61,608, followed by Canon with 34,905 and IBM with 34,376. The figure measures the size of a patent owner's global portfolio.

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