Number of patents by companies

squeegee

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I just ran across some amusing information.


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2009 Patent Total
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IBM			4,914
Samsung		        3,611
Microsoft		2,906
Canon			2,206
Matsushita		1,829
Toshiba			1,696
Sony			1,680 
Intel			1,537
Seiko Epson		1,330
HP			1,273
SUN			  562
Apple		          289
EMC			  250
Oracle		   	  208
Source: IFI Patent Intelligence
For those who are unaware, Matsushita is also known as Panasonic, and Oracle and SUN are now one company... not that it makes any diff.

Looks like Canon is putting up a fight with the other big guys.
 

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That's interesting, but what would be even more worth to know are which players have crossed agreements to use each others technologies royalty free.

Patents are like stones to build castles; but crossed agreements are more like peace treaties and strategically better value to assess which 'group' or cartel is in the lead and how some players unite at smothering competition.

For instance, Canon is well known to play alone as much as possible and favour in-house exclusive technologies. So they have to patent a lot just to stay afloat. Cross-patenting between panasonic and olympus may be wiser and less costly in the long run.
 

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Of course you do have to ask how many of those are counted multiple times - the US patent office issued over 167,000 patents in 2009, that table is around 24,000.
But I guess that for the major multi nationals they will register the same thing in every country in which they do (or wish to do) business - could that be a 20 or even 50 to 1 ration?
 

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Hi, thanks for posting. I noticed your outstanding avatar, how can I create such avatar myself ? (tic tac too...)
 

squeegee

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Hi, thanks for posting. I noticed your outstanding avatar, how can I create such avatar myself ? (tic tac too...)
hahaha with a lot of boredom...

your avatar can be an animated GIF, so get a decent drawing / image editing program, make a few layers, each layer is a frame, draw each frame.

Technically speaking, I could make it a mini gallery of pictures... although there's a small size limit like 64k or something... maybe next time I get bored. :rolleyes:
 
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