25 Mar

Executive summary

  1. Samsung, Robert Bosch and Huawei reign supreme as the largest rights owners in the United States, Europe and China.
  2. 394 entities make the list of IP owners that hold at least 1,000 US patents.
  3. Overall, entities that own at least 1,000 US patents collectively held more than 2 million grants in 2020, with the top 10% accounting for almost half of this.
  4. While Europe has its innovation leaders, the numbers show that in patent terms the continent is increasingly being squeezed from both east and west.
  5. More than one-third of the top 100 largest owners of Chinese patents are universities and research institutes, underlining their importance to the country’s innovation engine.

Richard Lloyd


IAM magazine

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