1,000 US patent club 2016

Last issue, we revealed the companies that own the 100 largest portfolios of active US patents. Here, we expand the list to name each of the 383 entities that hold portfolios of over 1,000 assets, representing over 57% of all US patents currently in force

Defining categories

A glossary of terms used in this article.

Applications

The number of pending, published US patent applications. These are published applications with no corresponding granted US patent which are no older than five years. The number of applications is derived from both assignment data and analysis of inventors and technology, since many applications are not assigned at the time of filing.

Company

A normalised list of public and private patent holders, aggregated by hand with all publicly available subsidiary information.

Grants

US patents granted and in force, including utility, design and plant patents. Data is sourced directly from the US Patent and Trademark Office assignments database and is aggregated for name variations and subsidiary data. Patents that are expired, unmaintained or withdrawn are removed from this count.

Tech Score

A value calculated from the rate at which the utility

patents in a portfolio are being cited and normalised against a cohort group of patents selected by age. The strength of this method is that it does not depend on the absolute number of citations and ignores self-citations. A high score generally points to strong positioning of a patent portfolio in an important technology area. However, a weakness of this score is that if an area is too new, sufficient citation data typically does not exist.

Three-year application CAGR

This important IP growth metric is the year-on-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the number of patent applications filed during the last three years. This is based on the cumulative count of published applications and is not adjusted for whether a patent has issued corresponding to that application. Also, this is based on the publication date, not the filing date, which creates an average 18-month time lag for this metric. Still, this can yield crucial insight into the nature of a company’s IP development and its competitive relevance.

Disclaimer

This data does not rank patent portfolio values outright, although some of these metrics can be used as secondary indicators of innovation. The opinions presented in this article are not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal or investment advice. A company’s inclusion in this article is not to be construed as an investment recommendation for such company’s securities.

In Issue 77 of IAM we revealed the top 100 largest entities owning the most granted, in-force patents in the United States (see “The largest US patent portfolios are shrinking”, IAM 77). We also included their patent growth rates, as well as a bibliometric measure of the rate at which other companies are citing each portfolio, called Tech Score. That list was the fourth iteration of the US Patent 100 and started with a higher number of minimum grants compared to the second edition – from 4,024 in 2014 to 4,400 in 2015. We also discussed many notable moves – up, down and off the list – when compared to 2014.

In this issue, we unveil the US Patent 1,000: the full list of 383 entities which own at least 1,000 in-force patents in the United States. In addition, we highlight the top 20 entities with the highest three-year patent application compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and Tech Score. This list is one of the best examples of the importance of securing a strong IP position for companies of any size.

To review the methodology, this data comes from PatentVest – a fully integrated analytic and reporting platform developed from the ground up with over 75,000 man hours by MDB Capital Group. PatentVest measures, scores and ranks over 4,000 public and private companies, unifying over 4 million granted US patents and over 2 million US patent applications on file. These man hours have been spent cleaning data directly from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and adding outside information on ownership and subsidiaries based on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) data. The data used for this report was current as of December 30 2015.

This year’s list highlights the increased patent acquisition and consolidation activity over the last few years. As some of the largest US patent portfolios divest some of their portfolios, some smaller entities – including industry-specific non-practising entities – are growing. While Samsung and IBM continue to dominate and grow their respective portfolios at an impressive rate (CAGR > 10%), IBM’s patent transfers helped Canon (CAGR 9%) to oust IBM from second place.

This year 27 new companies, each with over 1,000 in-force US patents, join the US Patent 1000. They include companies such as IP Bridge, WiLAN, Socionext, LinkedIn and Unwired Planet – all of which increased their portfolios mostly through purchases and transfers in 2015. This patent consolidation and acquisition trend illustrates the continued importance of patents and the potential value of consolidating related portfolios.

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co (CSOT) outpaces last year’s growth leader ZTE with the highest CAGR score, representing annualised growth of 114% in published patent applications over the last three years. Adobe continues to file aggressively with a 52% CAGR score, while Amazon.com comes a close third with a 36% annualised patent filing growth.

In addition to illustrating the importance of developing formidable IP positions, the US Patent 1,000 is also useful in identifying which companies have made significant movement in the last year. For example, Kyocera, RPX Corporation, GlobalFoundries, Merck, Huawei, Cypress Semiconductor, Lenovo, CommScope Technologies, Bank of America, National Tsing Hua University, Cree, Milton Roy, Walt Disney and Avago Technologies have each moved up at least 20 spots over the last 12 months. Many of these leaps up the list are indications of significant patent acquisitions and consolidation. Most notable are GlobalFoundries (patents assigned from IBM), Merck (acquisition of Cubist), Cypress Semiconductor (merger with Spansion) and CommScope (from TE Connectivity).

Fastest-growing portfolios

For this list we review applications and, more importantly, the three-year patent application CAGR. Applications include pending published US patent applications – that is, published applications with no corresponding granted US patent which are no older than five years. The number of applications is derived from both assignment data and analysis of inventors and technology, since many applications are not assigned at the time of filing.

The three-year patent application CAGR is an important IP growth metric, as it is the year-on-year compound annual growth rate of the number of patent applications filed during the last three years. This is based on the cumulative count of published applications and is not adjusted for whether a patent has been issued corresponding to that application. Also, this is based on the publication date, not the filing date, which creates an average 18-month time lag for this metric. However, this can still yield crucial insights into the nature of a company’s IP development and its competitive relevance.

Portfolio strength

Our Tech Score ranking is calculated from the rate at which the utility patents in a portfolio are being cited and normalised against a cohort group of patents selected by age. The strengths of this method are that it does not depend on an absolute number of citations and ignores self-citations; a high score generally points to strong positioning of a patent portfolio in an important technology area. A weakness of this method is that sufficient citation data typically does not exist if an area is too new. 

Table 1. Entities that own at least 1,000 active US patents

Rank

Company

Grants

Apps

Three-year app CAGR

Tech Score

1

Samsung Electronics

63,434

22,077

10%

0.81

2

Canon

40,011

8,525

9%

0.75

3

IBM

39,436

13,968

11%

0.9

4

Microsoft

31,692

8,050

8%

1.01

5

Sony

29,988

8,096

7%

0.85

6

Panasonic

29,478

7,126

7%

0.8

7

Intel

26,720

4,033

8%

0.89

8

Toshiba

25,518

8,643

9%

0.81

9

General Electric

24,502

9,068

11%

0.81

10

Hitachi

21,979

4,371

6%

0.79

11

LG ELECTRONICS

21,038

6,439

12%

0.83

12

Alphabet

20,505

5,229

16%

1.01

13

Fujitsu

19,186

5,799

8%

0.8

14

Fujifilm

19,158

4,062

6%

0.74

15

Micron Technology

19,054

1,061

6%

0.74

16

Seiko Epson

17,700

3,365

7%

0.76

17

Intellectual Ventures

17,545

2,225

6%

0.92

18

Qualcomm

16,877

7,678

17%

0.97

19

Siemens

16,820

4,997

8%

0.78

20

Texas Instruments

16,744

1,682

7%

0.81

21

Ricoh

15,700

2,456

9%

0.77

22

Oracle

14,802

1,599

6%

0.95

23

GlobalFoundries

14,649

2,531

13%

0.86

24

Hon Hai/Foxconn

14,360

7,547

12%

0.81

25

Toyota

13,326

4,475

14%

0.86

26

Apple

13,236

4,366

19%

1.03

27

Xerox

13,048

1,762

9%

0.75

28

Sharp

13,040

3,963

8%

0.81

29

Honda

12,957

1,990

7%

0.79

30

AT&T

12,636

1,936

10%

0.92

31

Hewlett-Packard Co

12,387

1,613

4%

0.83

32

Cisco

12,291

1,595

10%

0.99

33

Alcatel-Lucent

12,199

2,246

6%

0.88

34

General Motors

12,164

3,146

10%

0.85

35

Honeywell

12,008

2,713

8%

0.83

36

Avago

11,732

927

7%

0.8

37

NEC

11,555

3,679

8%

0.83

38

Taiwan Semiconductor

11,399

2,873

22%

0.83

39

Robert Bosch GmbH

11,368

4,301

10%

0.78

40

Johnson & Johnson

11,293

3,006

8%

1.03

41

Ericsson

11,203

3,890

14%

0.93

42

Denso Corp

11,002

2,335

7%

0.77

43

Broadcom

10,748

2,120

9%

0.87

44

Renesas Electronics

10,616

1,256

4%

0.76

45

Mitsubishi Electric

10,152

2,963

10%

0.78

46

Koninklijke Philips NV

9,853

3,943

6%

0.94

47

Brother Industries

9,517

1,189

10%

0.74

48

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co

9,417

1,821

10%

0.95

49

STMicroelectronics NV

9,391

1,401

9%

0.76

50

Boston Scientific

9,219

1,782

7%

0.99

51

Nokia

9,177

4,003

8%

0.98

52

Medtronic

9,142

2,178

6%

1.15

53

Boeing

9,065

1,631

10%

0.82

54

EI du Pont

8,987

2,231

7%

0.66

55

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co

8,931

1,682

9%

0.77

56

Procter & Gamble

8,611

1,905

8%

0.75

57

Ford

8,595

2,828

19%

0.86

58

3M

8,497

1,946

7%

0.82

59

BlackBerry

8,381

2,503

12%

0.93

60

SK Hynix Inc

8,175

1,589

10%

0.74

61

BASF

7,991

2,816

6%

0.69

62

Konica Minolta

7,752

1,703

6%

0.75

63

United Technologies

7,299

2,820

15%

0.78

64

LG Display Co

7,114

1,015

7%

0.74

65

Western Digital

7,068

474

5%

0.82

66

Olympus Corp

7,029

1,785

9%

0.84

67

Schlumberger

7,009

2,068

9%

0.87

68

Infineon

6,779

1,342

10%

0.78

69

Applied Materials

6,249

1,811

7%

0.8

70

Marvell

6,189

344

17%

0.91

71

Eastman Kodak

6,020

901

5%

0.96

72

Sumitomo Electric

5,838

1,601

9%

0.76

73

Covidien

5,827

2,381

13%

1.09

74

TDK Corp

5,721

646

4%

0.78

75

Freescale Semiconductor

5,627

1,020

12%

0.87

76

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute

5,399

4,172

14%

0.84

77

SAP

5,377

1,983

11%

0.92

78

Seagate Technology

5,352

659

8%

0.81

79

Airbus Group SE

5,312

1,657

10%

0.8

80

Roche Holdings

5,295

1,885

7%

0.76

81

Kyocera

5,185

1,970

16%

0.84

82

Advanced Micro Devices

5,152

698

11%

0.85

83

Abbott Laboratories

5,123

1,357

8%

0.96

84

Merck & Co

5,080

1,402

6%

0.7

85

Industrial Technology Research Institute

5,050

1,311

8%

0.78

86

Huawei

5,036

4,324

26%

0.9

87

Murata Manufacturing

5,034

1,204

11%

0.7

88

Dow Chemical

5,029

1,473

12%

0.76

89

Baker Hughes

5,004

1,335

10%

0.85

90

Tokyo Electron

4,929

1,506

8%

0.77

91

Lockheed Martin

4,896

492

5%

0.86

92

Danaher Corp

4,895

896

7%

0.76

93

University of California System

4,876

1,901

10%

0.86

94

Verizon Communications Inc

4,804

1,313

18%

1.01

95

Continental AG

4,713

1,202

8%

0.74

96

Nissan Motor

4,693

959

9%

0.82

97

Caterpillar

4,539

1,809

17%

0.8

98

EMC Corp

4,532

167

6%

1.03

99

Monsanto

4,469

675

14%

0.64

100

Halliburton Company

4,400

1,636

16%

0.86

101

Rohm

4,224

585

5%

0.73

102

Bayer AG

4,178

1,903

7%

0.71

103

Sprint Corporation

4,168

71

6%

0.97

104

Emerson Electric

4,162

958

10%

0.84

105

Exxon Mobil

4,084

794

9%

0.73

106

Stanley Black & Decker

4,056

401

6%

0.81

107

Cypress Semiconductor

4,048

210

5%

0.8

108

ABB

4,033

1,104

10%

0.79

109

Nikon Corp

4,016

800

5%

0.78

110

Novartis

3,978

1,455

9%

0.78

111

Nike

3,977

843

19%

0.94

112

Motorola Solutions

3,967

505

3%

0.94

113

RPX Corporation

3,945

333

6%

1.02

114

Lenovo

3,836

1,551

16%

0.88

115

Dell

3,836

962

12%

0.92

116

AU Optronics

3,821

823

8%

0.75

117

Raytheon

3,781

720

11%

0.82

118

Altera

3,781

137

8%

0.82

119

Amazon.com

3,761

727

36%

1.12

120

Sanofi-Aventis

3,713

1,220

9%

0.65

121

Bridgestone

3,711

987

9%

0.73

122

TECHNICOLOR

3,676

947

6%

0.82

123

Eaton Corp

3,651

704

11%

0.8

124

Hyundai Motor Co

3,643

2,773

26%

0.84

125

SanDisk

3,624

559

11%

1

126

Illinois Tool Works

3,534

859

7%

0.74

127

Round Rock Research

3,499

23

1%

0.86

128

Socionext

3,493

177

4%

0.75

129

Wi-Lan Inc

3,908

70

10%

0.65

130

Sanyo Electric Co

3,473

989

3%

0.75

131

Media Tek

3,411

1,200

12%

0.83

132

US Navy

3,326

420

10%

0.79

133

Corning

3,317

1,129

11%

0.84

134

Aisin Seiki

3,308

844

9%

0.87

135

Kimberly-Clark

3,281

502

5%

0.83

136

TE Connectivity

3,263

685

11%

0.87

137

Xilinx

3,252

41

9%

0.89

138

ASML Holding

3,251

545

5%

0.73

139

Samsung SDI

3,238

1,778

9%

0.75

140

St Jude Medical

3,210

831

11%

1.03

141

NXP Semiconductors

3,183

654

6%

0.79

142

Yazaki Corporation

3,147

863

14%

0.72

143

International Game Technology

3,088

452

8%

1.05

144

Symantec

3,036

115

7%

1.15

145

Berkshire Hathaway

2,996

635

10%

0.79

146

Safran

2,987

1,316

14%

0.79

147

Lam Research

2,979

453

9%

0.79

148

Toshiba Tec

2,963

1,237

6%

0.74

149

Shin-Etsu Chemical

2,943

682

8%

0.7

150

United Microelectronics

2,937

432

10%

0.72

151

Osram Licht

2,893

940

11%

0.78

152

Daimler

2,873

370

4%

0.8

153

NVIDIA

2,858

1,066

27%

0.9

154

Deere & Co

2,854

433

8%

0.81

155

Carl Zeiss Holding

2,822

744

7%

0.75

156

Masco

2,793

185

9%

0.81

157

Formosa Plastics

2,712

304

4%

0.71

158

Adobe Systems

2,682

869

52%

1.03

159

Delphi Automotive

2,682

443

4%

0.76

160

Samsung Electro Mechanics

2,671

3,389

20%

0.83

161

Avaya

2,649

539

10%

0.99

162

Yamaha

2,642

261

4%

0.71

163

Memjet Technology

2,638

156

1%

0.55

164

Sumitomo Chemical

2,619

1,206

7%

0.67

165

Northrop Grumman

2,578

140

4%

0.76

166

NTT DoCoMo

2,575

944

9%

0.91

167

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2,574

1,145

13%

0.99

168

Funai Electric

2,546

438

5%

0.66

169

ON Semiconductor

2,543

293

7%

0.75

170

Bristol-Myers Squibb

2,480

290

5%

0.66

171

Macronix International

2,412

241

7%

0.76

172

Rolls-Royce Holdings

2,406

1,008

11%

0.8

173

Whirlpool

2,321

707

13%

0.82

174

Syngenta AG

2,318

484

11%

0.64

175

Analog Devices

2,309

366

13%

0.86

176

Yamaha Motor

2,288

193

5%

0.71

177

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

2,274

176

7%

0.65

178

Commscope Technologies

2,264

192

5%

0.92

179

Facebook

2,234

1,023

25%

1.02

180

Yahoo!

2,197

1,051

8%

1.07

181

InterDigital

2,192

736

9%

0.88

182

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

2,190

1,231

13%

0.8

183

Magna International

2,181

426

8%

0.89

184

GlaxoSmithKline

2,174

549

3%

0.7

185

Schneider Electric

2,173

481

10%

0.85

186

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

2,163

783

10%

0.81

187

Schaeffler Technologies

2,134

621

9%

0.73

188

LG Chemical

2,106

1,234

22%

0.79

189

CNH Industrial

2,103

419

12%

0.73

190

Evonik Industries

2,102

782

7%

0.68

191

Chi Mei Corporation

2,100

533

6%

0.74

192

Hoya Corporation

2,084

295

4%

0.77

193

Casio Computer

2,083

568

12%

0.84

194

Nitto Denko Corp

2,069

1,463

11%

0.76

195

Alstrom

2,048

826

12%

0.74

196

Juniper Networks

2,045

199

11%

1.02

197

Oki Electric Industry

2,045

284

7%

0.79

198

BMW

2,028

373

12%

0.76

199

Synopsys

2,024

195

9%

0.94

200

Sumitomo Rubber Industry

2,015

590

12%

0.77

201

aTyr Pharma

1,998

778

7%

0.82

202

Suntory Beverage & Food

1,965

410

8%

0.83

203

Japan Display

1,964

817

16%

0.86

204

Bank of America

1,960

1,266

24%

0.9

205

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal

1,958

715

11%

0.7

206

Seika Holdgins Corp

1,953

291

7%

0.71

207

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

1,950

428

5%

0.73

208

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

1,941

444

8%

0.62

209

Bally Technologies

1,939

556

10%

1.02

210

Asahi Kasei Corp

1,934

561

10%

0.78

211

Ps4 Luxco Sarl

1,919

217

8%

0.8

212

Tessera Technologies

1,908

248

10%

0.95

213

Royal Dutch Shell

1,903

653

8%

0.88

214

California Institute of Technology

1,898

519

11%

0.91

215

Becton Dickinson & Co

1,894

501

9%

0.97

216

NetApp

1,881

340

21%

1.07

217

Stanford University

1,881

717

11%

0.93

218

Furukawa Electric Co

1,877

412

8%

0.74

219

Boehringer Ingelheim International

1,877

589

8%

0.7

220

The French National Centre for Scientific Research

1,875

1,063

13%

0.76

221

Nuance Communications

1,869

309

9%

1.06

222

Rockwell Automation

1,860

359

11%

0.86

223

Chevron

1,846

583

10%

0.78

224

National Tsing Hua University

1,840

837

16%

0.82

225

NGK Insulators

1,828

347

6%

0.68

226

Delta Electronics

1,825

646

11%

0.8

227

Henkel

1,807

631

9%

0.72

228

JTEKT Corporation

1,795

366

10%

0.74

229

Kao Corp

1,788

363

6%

0.65

230

Zeppelin Systems

1,759

402

6%

0.8

231

KLA-Tencor

1,720

328

15%

0.82

232

Valeo

1,718

638

12%

0.72

233

Fairchild Semiconductor International

1,696

312

10%

0.87

234

Wistron Corp

1,694

889

25%

0.9

235

L'Oreal

1,693

632

5%

0.68

236

Komatsu LTD

1,685

362

15%

0.81

237

FIH Mobile

1,680

722

9%

0.84

238

Ecolab

1,675

418

10%

0.72

239

US Department of Health and Human Services

1,673

437

9%

0.73

240

Cree

1,668

489

15%

1.08

241

The University of Texas System

1,658

737

10%

0.89

242

WARF

1,653

378

9%

0.79

243

ZTE Corp

1,652

1,731

26%

0.93

244

Cadence Design Systems

1,647

29

2%

0.97

245

Thales SA

1,640

525

9%

0.81

246

Omron

1,630

657

11%

0.82

247

Porsche Automobil Holding

1,629

309

11%

0.78

248

Thermo Fisher Scientific

1,613

351

8%

0.75

249

Nestlé

1,601

990

12%

0.75

250

Michelin

1,584

624

13%

0.74

251

The Fraunhofer Society

1,582

643

10%

0.85

252

Dai Nippon Printing

1,577

259

5%

0.72

253

Newell Rubbermaid

1,573

122

3%

0.89

254

Sandvik AB

1,564

368

8%

0.76

255

Daikin Industries

1,561

533

8%

0.71

256

Rambus

1,538

311

11%

0.95

257

Koch Industries

1,538

345

8%

0.71

258

HTC

1,536

631

18%

0.92

259

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

1,532

482

7%

0.71

260

Solvay SA

1,525

661

8%

0.68

261

Volvo

1,520

478

10%

0.8

262

NCR

1,517

308

11%

0.82

263

JVC Kenwood Holdings

1,516

207

6%

0.72

264

Ciena Corp

1,515

98

8%

0.88

265

JP Morgan Chase

1,515

285

6%

1.25

266

Lexmark International

1,514

202

7%

0.72

267

BAE Systems

1,511

438

11%

0.83

268

Rockwell Collins

1,504

25

6%

0.93

269

Stryker Corp

1,497

444

10%

1.15

270

Stats ChipPac

1,495

285

7%

0.92

271

Harris Corp

1,493

173

8%

0.88

272

Shimano

1,486

275

11%

0.72

273

TRW Automotive Holdings

1,486

252

5%

0.79

274

Korea Advanced Institute of Science And Technology

1,484

895

13%

0.82

275

Adidas

1,476

258

10%

1.05

276

Nintendo

1,473

440

10%

0.94

277

Asahi Glass Co

1,464

761

10%

0.72

278

Finisar Corporation

1,461

77

3%

0.74

279

Takeda Pharmaceutical

1,460

368

5%

0.7

280

AbbVie

1,453

414

13%

0.75

281

Cummins

1,451

364

14%

0.86

282

Kohler

1,450

128

20%

0.82

283

Kobe Steel

1,443

580

13%

0.73

284

Rovi

1,439

614

11%

1.02

285

Fuji Electric

1,438

521

15%

0.8

286

Pioneer

1,434

295

1%

0.73

287

Agilent Technologies

1,433

238

2%

0.8

288

Advantest

1,432

254

4%

0.72

289

Unilever

1,428

326

5%

0.68

290

Pfizer

1,414

230

2%

0.77

291

Atmel Corporation

1,412

271

8%

0.81

292

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

1,408

367

7%

0.64

293

Hitachi Metals

1,407

510

10%

0.76

294

Johnson Controls

1,403

575

11%

0.89

295

Colgate-Palmolive

1,401

376

12%

0.78

296

Zimmer Biomet Holdings

1,401

256

6%

1.19

297

AstraZeneca

1,397

441

4%

0.73

298

Techtronic Industries

1,395

231

9%

0.85

299

Reckitt Benckiser Group

1,379

172

7%

0.75

300

Callaway Golf

1,378

56

3%

0.99

301

Red Hat

1,374

532

13%

0.98

302

SC Johnson & Son

1,373

109

6%

0.84

303

Conversant Intellectual Property Management

1,370

97

6%

0.82

304

Allergan

1,361

662

12%

0.76

305

Arm Holdings

1,360

265

9%

0.86

306

US Army

1,346

206

10%

0.82

307

Milton Roy

1,335

671

22%

0.83

308

Tetra Laval Group

1,334

314

9%

0.7

309

Nidec Corp

1,331

315

10%

0.79

310

Cook Group Incorporated

1,327

672

11%

1.02

311

Walt Disney

1,316

473

18%

0.95

312

Foxlink Image Technology Co

1,315

213

10%

0.89

313

Dover Corp

1,310

251

9%

0.8

314

Koninklijke DSM

1,307

811

10%

0.74

315

Toyoda Gosei Co

1,299

216

7%

0.89

316

Takata Corp

1,298

162

4%

0.83

317

CR Bard

1,296

297

7%

1.09

318

Mitsui Chemicals

1,290

271

6%

0.69

319

Johns Hopkins University

1,283

663

13%

0.81

320

Total SA

1,253

600

10%

0.74

321

MicroChip Technology

1,253

205

9%

0.86

322

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

3,410

295

6%

0.78

323

Biomet

1,236

444

15%

1.13

324

Swatch Group

1,232

251

15%

0.72

325

Baxter International

1,231

293

7%

0.97

326

Jarden

1,226

143

5%

0.78

327

Autoliv

1,222

146

6%

0.86

328

NTN Corp

1,221

309

8%

0.73

329

The University of Michigan

1,211

461

10%

0.89

330

Inventec Corp

1,198

443

5%

0.77

331

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp

1,195

189

7%

0.85

332

Accenture

1,188

343

9%

1.13

333

Parker Hannifin Corp

1,188

242

7%

0.8

334

PPG Industries

1,177

294

7%

0.76

335

Weatherford Technology

1,175

227

9%

0.94

336

Ingersoll-Rand

1,170

361

14%

0.78

337

Pitney Bowes

1,169

57

1%

0.73

338

Dow Corning

1,162

333

10%

0.7

339

NSK LTD

1,161

138

7%

0.7

340

Harman International Industries

1,157

300

11%

0.87

341

Pepsico

1,152

210

7%

0.72

342

Air Liquide

1,150

562

9%

0.72

343

Unisys

1,148

270

16%

0.88

344

Acacia Research

1,147

70

4%

1.22

345

CenturyLink

1,143

175

10%

1

346

Reynolds Group Holdings

1,130

134

4%

0.79

347

Realtek Semiconductor Corp

1,123

173

7%

0.78

348

Amgen

1,120

325

6%

0.74

349

Toray Industries

1,118

689

16%

0.78

350

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co (CSOT)

1,117

1,294

114%

0.92

351

National Oilwell

1,115

278

9%

0.86

352

ASM International

1,115

168

7%

0.83

353

IP Bridge

1,114

28

2%

0.8

354

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration

1,108

118

7%

0.84

355

Battelle Memorial Institute

1,105

317

7%

0.87

356

NGK Spark Plug

1,103

270

11%

0.76

357

Cirrus Logic

1,097

140

13%

0.95

358

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

1,090

336

15%

0.79

359

Trimble Navigation

1,089

171

12%

0.93

360

PerkinElmer

1,082

103

4%

0.92

361

Uni Charm

1,070

419

10%

0.8

362

Alps Electric Co

1,070

227

4%

0.74

363

Arris Group

1,068

260

12%

0.95

364

Intersil

1,062

131

4%

0.85

365

Showa Denko

1,060

419

6%

0.7

366

L-3 Communications Holdings

1,045

110

4%

0.84

367

International Rectifier

1,042

148

7%

0.87

368

Unwired Planet

1,039

82

4%

0.98

369

Terumo

1,038

544

14%

0.89

370

Air Products & Chemicals

1,038

203

7%

0.78

371

Textron

1,035

340

17%

0.81

372

LinkedIn

1,035

327

17%

0.91

373

Hamamatsu Photonics

1,031

254

9%

0.73

374

CA Technologies

1,028

261

10%

1.06

375

Bombardier

1,024

143

8%

0.76

376

Lear

1,022

195

4%

0.9

377

JX Holdings

1,020

559

13%

0.7

378

Ibiden

1,015

306

7%

0.82

379

CSR

1,010

56

3%

0.91

380

Hubbell

1,008

100

11%

0.86

381

Skyworks Solutions

1,008

174

11%

0.9

382

Dongbu Engineering & Construction Co

1,006

181

3%

0.61

383

Silicon Laboratories

1,004

133

9%

0.91

Source: MDB Capital Group LLCPowered by PatentVest

The above list is a ranking of each company’s grants. The company data is a normalised list of public and private patent holders, aggregated by hand with all publicly available subsidiary information. The grant data includes all US patents granted and in force, including utility, design and plant patents. Data is sourced directly from the USPTO assignments database and is aggregated for name variations and subsidiary data. Patents that have expired, are not maintained or have been withdrawn are excluded from this count.

Table 2. Top 20 by CAGR

Company

Grants

Apps

Three-year app CAGR

Tech Score

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co

1,117

1294

114%

0.92

Adobe Systems

2,682

869

52%

1.03

Amazon

3,761

727

36%

1.12

NVIDIA

2,858

1,066

27%

0.9

Huawei Technologies

5,036

4,324

26%

0.9

Hyundai Motor

3,643

2,773

26%

0.84

ZTE Corp

1,652

1,731

26%

0.93

Facebook

2,234

1,023

25%

1.02

Wistron Corp

1,694

889

25%

0.9

Bank of America

1,960

1,266

24%

0.9

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

11,399

2,873

22%

0.83

Lg Chemical

2,106

1,234

22%

0.79

Milton Roy

1,335

671

22%

0.83

NetApp

1,881

340

21%

1.07

Samsung Electro-Mechanics

2,671

3,389

20%

0.83

Kohler

1,450

128

20%

0.82

Apple

13,236

4,366

19%

1.03

Ford Motor

8,595

2,828

19%

0.86

Nike

3,977

843

19%

0.94

Verizon Communications

4,804

1,313

18%

1.01

Source: MDB Capital Group LLCPowered by PatentVest®

Table 3. Top 20 by Tech Score

Company

Grants

Apps

Three-year app CAGR

Tech score

JP Morgan Chase

1,515

285

6%

1.25

Acacia Research

1,147

70

4%

1.22

Zimmer Holdings

1,401

256

6%

1.19

Medtronic

9,142

2,178

6%

1.15

Stryker

1,497

444

10%

1.15

Symantec

3,036

115

7%

1.15

Accenture

1,188

343

9%

1.13

Amazon

3,761

727

36%

1.12

Covidien

5,827

2,381

13%

1.09

CR Bard

1,296

297

7%

1.09

Cree

1,668

489

15%

1.08

NetApp

1,881

340

21%

1.07

Nuance Communications

1,869

309

9%

1.06

International Game Technology

3,088

452

8%

1.05

Adidas

1,476

258

10%

1.05

Johnson & Johnson

11,293

3,006

8%

1.03

EMC Corp

4,532

167

6%

1.03

Apple

13,236

4,366

19%

1.03

St Jude Medical

3,210

831

11%

1.03

Adobe Systems

2,682

869

52%

1.03

Source: MDB Capital Group LLC Powered by PatentVest®

Action plan

The US Patent 1,000 provides actionable intelligence for the purposes of:

  • patent portfolio benchmarking;
  • comparisons across companies and industries;
  • assessments of innovative activity over time; and
  • indications of patent portfolio positioning and impact.

The list is valuable because of the important new information it provides to investors, companies and policy makers. Much like an investment index, this information provides a unique view into the companies listed and the industries they represent.

For investors

Depending on the stage of a corporation’s development, intellectual property may be a primary value driver. This list provides insight as to whether a company’s portfolio has been growing and the impact that those assets appear to be having within their technology verticals.

For companies

The US Patent 1,000 enables portfolio benchmarking and deeper analysis of IP strategy within and across industry verticals.

For policymakers

Out of 150,000-plus entities holding at least one granted, in-force US patent, 383 companies own portfolios of over 1,000 assets, representing over 57% of the US total. The top 100 patent holders own over one-third of all US patent assets. Throughout the list, various strategic models exist, each of which is important to enabling commerce and technology development.

Michael Chernoff is chief IP officer at MDB Capital Group

www.mdb.com

This data does not rank patent portfolio values outright, although some of these metrics can be used as secondary indicators of innovation. The opinions presented in this article are not intended to be, nor should they be construed as, legal or investment advice. A company’s inclusion in this article is not to be construed as an investment recommendation for such company’s securities.

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