IBM received 4,843 US patent grants in 2009, according to a press release that I have just received from Thomson Reuters. That is nearly 700 more than it obtained in 2008, which itself was a record year. Second place went to Samsung, which exceeded the 4,000 mark for the forst time, with 4,049. Microsoft achieved its highest ever place in the rankings, coming in third with 3,157 (over 1,000 more than it was granted in 2008).

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