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USPTO releases annual list of top 10 organizations receiving most U.S. patents

American innovation continues to top the field

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The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2005 top 10 global private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking.

"America's technological and economic strength is the result of its tremendous ingenuity," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas. "The USPTO has taken and will continue to take aggressive steps that will enhance quality and improve productivity to ensure that U.S. intellectual property protection remains the best in the world, protecting American innovation and sustaining economic growth."

Top 10 private sector patent recipients for the 2005 calendar year

International Business Machines Corporation Preliminary Rank in 2005: 1 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 2,941 Final Rank in 2004: 1 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 3.248

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Preliminary Rank in 2005: 2 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,828 Final Rank in 2004: 3 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,805

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. * Preliminary Rank in 2005: 3 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,797 * Final Rank in 2004: 4 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,775

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 4 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,688 Final Rank in 2004: 2 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,934

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 5 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,641 Final Rank in 2004: 6 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,604

Micron Technology Inc. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 6 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,561 Final Rank in 2004: 5 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,601

Intel Corp. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 7 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,549 Final Rank in 2004: 7 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,513

Hitachi, Ltd. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 8 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,271 Final Rank in 2004: 8 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,893

Toshiba Corp. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 9 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,258 Final Rank in 2004: 9 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,311

Fujitsu Ltd. Preliminary Rank in 2005: 10 Preliminary # Patents in 2005: 1,154 Final Rank in 2004: 11 Final Number of Patents in 2004: 1,296

* Calendar year counts for 2005 for Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. include seven patents issued to Hewlett-Packard Company.

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