The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded IBM an average 16 patents per day in 2010, for a total 5,896. Second-ranked Samsung received 12.5 patents per day, or 4,551 for the year. And, Microsoft's daily average was 8.5, or 3,094 last year. So, the three companies awarded the most patents, all from the tech sector, received 13,541 patents, or 37 per day. There're only 261 days in a typical working year, making the per-day totals for IBM, Samsung and Microsoft much higher: 22.6, 17.4 and 11.8, respectively.
Utility patent awards rose 31% year over year to 219,614 (according to IFI Claims Patent Services) from 167,349 (according to USPTO). IBM accounted about 2.7% of patents issued -- Samsung and Microsoft 6.25%. The top-10 receivers, all of them tech companies, were issued 27,594 patents, or 12.5% of the 2010 total.
The top-10 receivers of patents in 2010, according to IFI Claims Patent Services:
- IBM (5896); United States
- Samsung (4551); Korea
- Microsoft (3094); United States
- Canon (2552); Japan
- Panasonic (2482); Japan
- Toshiba (2246); Japan
- Sony (2150); Japan
- Intel (1653); United States
- LG Electronics (1490); Japan
- HP (1480); United States
The top 10 is filled with tech companies, but only four are from the United States. Actually, among the top-20 companies awarded patents in 2010, only six are US-based.