List of Top Patenting Organizations: 1997


PRELIMINARY LIST OF TOP PATENTING ORGANIZATIONS * Calendar Year 1997 This report presents a preliminary list of organizations receiving the most patents for invention (i.e., utility patents) during the 1997 CALENDAR year. For the fifth straight year, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) received more utility patents than any other non-Federal patenting organization. For 1997, IBM received 1,724 utility patents, down slightly from its total for 1996. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha again ranks second with 1,381 utility patents, also down slightly from its 1996 total. NEC Corporation (1,095 patents) has moved to third place on the list of top patenting organizations replacing Motorola, Inc. which drops to fourth position (1,058 patents). The U.S. Government moves to fifth place on the list with a total of 935 patents for the year. The top eleven patenting organizations for 1997 are the same as those identified for 1996 with the exception of Eastman Kodak Company which rejoins the list in tenth position with 795 patents, displacing Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., which has dropped off the list. The top eleven patenting organizations consist of three U.S. corporations, seven Japanese corporations, and the U.S. Government. A complete listing of the top eleven patenting organizations receiving utility patents in 1997 is shown below. 1997 1997 ( Rank ) (# Patents) Rank # Patents Organization (in 1996) ( in 1996 ) ---- --------- -------------------------- --------- ---------- 1 1,724 International Business Machines Corp (1) (1,867) 2 1,381 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (2) (1,541) 3 1,095 NEC Corporation (4) (1,043) 4 1,058 Motorola Inc. (3) (1,064) 5 935 U.S. GOVERNMENT (7) (923) 6 903 Fujitsu Limited (9) (869) 903 Hitachi, Ltd. (5) (963) 8 892 Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha (6) (934) 9 862 Toshiba Corporation (8) (914) 10 859 Sony Corporation (10) (855) 11 795 Eastman Kodak Company (13) (768) * The listed patent counts are preliminary counts which are subject to correction. The final listing of 1997 patent counts for the top patenting organizations should be available by early April. Please Note: Patent information presented reflects patent ownership at patent grant and does not include changes in ownership which occur after the patent grant. Where more than one assignee (owner) exists, patents are attributed to the first-named assignee. No attempt has been made to combine data based on subsidiary relationships. However, where possible, spelling variations and variations based on name changes have been merged into a single name (e.g., ESSO to EXXON). While every effort is made to accurately identify all organizational entities and report data by a single organization name, achievement of a totally clean record is not expected, particularly in view of the variations which occur in many corporate identifications. ------------------ Questions regarding this report should be directed to: (address as of 2/97) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Office of Electronic Information Products Technology Assessment and Forecast Program PK3-Suite 441 Washington, DC 20231 tel (703) 306-2600 FAX (703) 306-2737 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SOURCE: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Technology Assessment and Forecast data base (1-8-98)