Patents Granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 2019


16. January 2020

By José Santacroce. Partner and Head of Patent Department

Patents granted in 2019 by USPTO

The USPTO granted a record of 333,530 patents in 2019, this represents a 15% increase with respect to 2018.

As with the previous 27 years, IBM has continued to hold on to the top spot for patents granted, with 9,262 in total for the year, whereas Samsung Electronics at 6,469 is second.

In terms of technology trends, medical and biotechnology are the fastest growing technical fields, with hybrid plant creation topping the list of trending technology, followed by CRISPR gene-editing technology, and then medicinal preparations (led by cancer therapies).

Other technical fields with substantial growth are Mobility, such as dashboards and other car-related inventions, quantum computing and 3-D printing.

US companies account for 49% of U.S. patents granted in 2019 up from 46 percent a year before. Japan accounts for 16% to be the second-largest, third place for South Korea at 7% (Samsung carrying a big part of that), and China (thanks to Huawei) passing Germany to be at number four with 5%.

20 top companies

The top 20 companies in terms of U.S. granted patents in 2019 are the following:

  1.  International Business Machines: 9262
  2. Samsung Electronics: 6469
  3. Canon: 3548
  4. Microsoft: 3081
  5. Intel: 3020
  6. LG Electronics: 2805
  7. Apple: 2490
  8. Ford: 2468
  9. Amazon: 2427
  10. Huawei: 2418
  11. Qualcomm: 2348
  12. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing: 2331
  13. BOE Technology Group: 2177
  14. Sony: 2142
  15. Google: 2102
  16. Toyota Motor Corp 2034
  17. Samsung Display: 1946
  18. General Electric: 1818
  19. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson:1607
  20. Hyundai Motor: 1504
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