IFI Claims Releases 2014 U.S Patents Trends and Insights Report

Patent database and analytical solutions provider IFI Claims has published a report based on an analysis of 2014 US Patent and Trademark Office data. In addition to highlighting notable trends in the granted U.S utility patents, the company has also released a list of the 50 companies that received the highest number of patent grants in the year 2014 by the USPTO. Get the lowdown on the report after the break!

Patent Trends and Insights

  • In 2014, the USPTO issued a total of 300,678 utility patents, the highest in a single year so far.
  • Year-over-year growth in US patent grants, however, slowed from 12.8% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2014.
  • New patent assignees accounted for 9% of all assignees in the 2014, down from 9.5% in 2013 and 10.4% in 2012.
  • Japanese assignees were down to 18.1% in 2014, registering a fall of 2.5% over the last 5 years. Chinese holdings however, while still at 2% of the patent grants, have doubled over the same time frame.

The Top 50

IFI Claims has also released the Top 50 list comprising companies that received the most patent grants by the USPTO last year. According to the list, out of the top 50 companies, 19 were from the United States, more than any other country. The number has risen from 18 in 2013 and 17 in 2012. Japan came in second with 18 companies figuring in the top 50. Further insights are as follows:

  • The companies featuring in the top 50 list received 82,092 grants in 2014, 27% of the total.
  • In 2014, 42 out of the top 50 companies registered an increase in patent production compared to last year, while 37 did the same in 2013. Meanwhile, 24 companies experienced double digit growth.
  • International Business Machines (IBM) made it to the top of the chart again, as it has been doing for the past 22 years, with a record 7,534 patent grants, becoming the first company to cross the 7,000 mark. The company saw a 10% rise in patent grants from 2013.
  • In another first, search engine giant Google made it to the top 10 list in 2014 with a ranking of #8, up from #11 in 2013. Google received 2,566 patent grants in 2014.
  • New entrants to the top 50 list include Amazon Technologies with a ranking of #50 (745 patents) and Huawei Technologies at #48 (775 patents).


For a more detailed insight, you can visit the IFI Claims press release here and access the IFI Claims Top 50 List here. Let us know what you think about the emerging trends in the US patent landscape in the comments section below!



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This post was contributed by Abhishek Tiwari. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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