Ok So IBM is King in the Patent market, even though they are selling Patents like McDonalds sells Hotcakes, They must have filed and bought every patent there was at one point. Read throughout the PR, there are some interesting facts there.
IFI Announces Top Global Companies Ranked By 2011 U.S. Patents
Global Stampede for U.S. Patents Continues; IBM Still Tops List But Asian Companies Closing In
MADISON, Conn., Jan 11, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — IFI CLAIMS(R) Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today announced its top-50 ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. utility patents in 2011. IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years’ experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile the de facto annual ranking. Utility patents are the most common patent type and a primary means of protecting intellectual property and technological innovation.
IBM remains in the #1 position, as it has for 19 straight years, with a record 6,180 utility patents, up nearly 5 percent from 2010. A wave of Asian companies fixed on amassing U.S. patent grants, however, continues to grow. Samsung trails second with 4,894, up 8 percent, and Canon, up 11 percent,