On the same day Apple showed up in the Number One spot on a list of the most innovative companies in the United States, the hard-charging iPhone maker has done it again. This time, Apple weighed in at No. 22 on the IFI CLAIMS 2012 Top 50 US Patent Assignees.
OK, maybe not as sexy, but still pretty impressive.
Here’s a quick peek at the patent-grabbing companies Apple is still trailing:
|1||6478||International Business Machines Corp||United States|
|2||5081||Samsung Electronics Co Ltd KR||Korea|
|3||3174||Canon K K JP||Japan|
|4||3032||Sony Corp JP||Japan|
|5||2769||Panasonic Corp JP||Japan|
|6||2613||Microsoft Corp||United States|
|7||2447||Toshiba Corp JP||Japan|
|8||2013||Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd TW||Taiwan|
|9||1652||General Electric Co||United States|
|10||1624||LG Electronics Inc KR||Korea|
|11||1535||Fujitsu Ltd JP||Japan|
|12||1461||Seiko Epson Corp JP||Japan|
|13||1436||Hitachi Ltd JP||Japan|
|14||1410||Ricoh Co Ltd JP||Japan|
|15||1394||Hewlett-Packard Development Co L P||United States|
|16||1377||GM Global Technology Operations LLC||United States|
|17||1292||QUALCOMM Inc||United States|
|18||1290||Intel Corp||United States|
|19||1285||Toyota Jidosha K K JP||Japan|
|20||1157||Broadcom Corp||United States|
Pay particular attention to that player in the No. 21 slot. Google, which has become even more of an Apple rival in the blistering smartphone battle over the past year, posted a 170-percent jump in patents granted, with its more than 1,100 patents. Still, the two competitors were both big movers up the list this year. A year ago, Google had come in way down there at 65.
Apple, on the other hand, jumped 68 percent from where it stood with patents assigned in 2011. And that pushed the company up from 39th place last year.
“Google and Apple are clearly taking intellectual property very seriously, and playing to win,” said Mike Baycroft, chief executive of IFI, a patent research firm.
But in perhaps the most threatening sign of all for Apple, its arch-rival Samsung Electronics was granted 5,081 patents, coming in a fairly close second to I.B.M.
One notable creation of IBM’s that was granted a patent last year was for the technology that allowed its Watson computer to beat human rivals in the 20122 ”Jeopardy!” championship. in 2011.
And the categories are . . .