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25 companies granted most patents in 2012

Last updated on: January 16, 2013 11:10 IST

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There are many companies that apply for patents every year, including many in India, but which are the biggest companies in the world when it comes to securing patents?

Let's take a look at some companies that were granted most patents in 2012.

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International Business Machines

Country: United States

Patents granted: 6,478

Global rank: 1

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Samsung Electronics

Country: South Korea

Patents granted: 5,081

Global rank: 2

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Canon

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 3,174

Global rank: 3

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Sony

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 3,032

Global rank: 4

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Panasonic

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 2,769

Global rank: 5

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Microsoft

Country: United States

Patents granted: 2,613

Global rank: 6

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Toshiba

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 2,447

Global rank: 7

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Hon Hai Precision Industry

Country: Taiwan

Patents granted: 2,013

Global rank: 8

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General Electric

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,652

Global rank: 9

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LG Electronics

Country: South Korea

Patents granted: 1,624

Global rank: 10

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Fujitsu

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,535

Global rank: 11

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Seiko Epson

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,461

Global rank: 12

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Hitachi

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,436

Global rank: 13

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Ricoh

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,410

Global rank: 14

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Hewlett-Packard Development

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,394

Global rank: 15

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GM Global Technology Operations

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,377

Global rank: 16

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Qualcomm

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,292

Global rank: 17

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Intel

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,290

Global rank: 18

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Toyota Jidosha

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,285

Global rank: 19

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Broadcom

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,157

Global rank: 20

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Google

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,151

Global rank: 21

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Apple

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,136

Global rank: 22

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Honda Motor

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,132

Global rank: 23

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Sharp

Country: Japan

Patents granted: 1,118

Global rank: 24

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Xerox

Country: United States

Patents granted: 1,050

Global rank: 25


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