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2017 - SNAPSHOT OF GRANTED PATENTS BY USPTO

YoY GRANTED PATENTS 2017 - Granted patents by Type

400000 351,410 318,833


333,583
326,038 325,980

302,962
30,872
1,311 394
276,796

200000
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

There is an uptrend in the patenting activity over the years, with UTILITY DESIGN PLANT REISSUE
the year 2017 recording a growth of 5% over 2016 numbers. The utility patents have contributed to 91% of the total 351,410
patents granted in 2017.

Top 10 Law Firms - Utility Top 10 Law Firms - Design Patents

517
OBLON MCCLELLAND
MAIER NEUSTADT LLP 584 446
6000
BIRCH
STEWART FISH
KOLASCH RICHARDSON
364
5000 BIRCH LLP PC
SUGHRUE CANTOR KNOBBE HARNESS
MION PLLC COLBURN MARTENS DICKEY & 1424
LLP OLSON & PIERCE PLC
FOLEY &
LARDNER LLP
348
4000 BEAR LLP KILPATRICK
OLIFF PLC TOWNSEND &
STOCKTON LLP
241 294
3000

245 280
2000

BANNER & STERNE KESSLER CANTOR


WITCOFF LTD GOLDSTEIN & FOX PLLC COLBURN LLP
1000
BIRCH STEWART MCANDREWS HELD
NSIP LAW
KOLASCH & BIRCH LLP & MALLOY LTD

0
5851 4169 3593 3480 3355 3354 3338 3279 2979 2625 KNOBBE MARTENS SUGHRUE SAIDMAN
OLSON & BEAR LLP MION PLLC DESIGNLAW GROUP LLC

Number of Patents MUNCY GEISSLER OLDS & LOWE PC

TOP 20 UTILITY PATENT OWNERS OF 2017 TOP 10 TECHNOLOGY DOMAINS OF 2017 - UTILITY
0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000

IBM RECOGNITION/
PRESENTATION OF DATA
SAMSUNG ELECTRONIC
ANALYSIS BY CHEMICAL
OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
INTEL ELECTRICAL DIGITAL
TRANSMISSION
2 10255 DATA PROCESSING
CANON TECHNIQUES
10 42
1 54
LG ELECTRONICS
8 6 92
5%
10 5% 8
DIAGNOSIS
GOOGLE
5% 26
08

/SURGERY
%
138

MICROSOFT
6%

QUALCOMM
MEDICAL
14 3 5 9
Company

7%

APPLE PREPARATIONS
TOYOTA
IBM stood as the pioneer among the patent owners
of 2017, followed by Samsung Electronics, Intel, Canon, LG
8%

%
18

TAIWAN
15

SEMICONDUCTOR
and others. Among the top 20, the majority of the positions
3
16

10
08

%
1

are occupied by the firms that are into information technology PICTORIAL
33

SAMSUNG DISPLAY
COMMUNICATIONS 13% TRANSMISSION
TOSHIBA followed by semiconductor device manufacturers, and 20 OF DIGITAL
85 INFORMATION
5
with only one automotive firm making the cut to enter
SONY
26894
FORD
the top 10, i.e., Toyota. WIRELESS
NETWORKS
AMAZON SEMICONDUCTOR
DEVICES
GE

FUJITSU
It is clearly evident that the digital technology is playing a crucial role as
PANASONIC
it surpassed all other technologies in 2017, and it seems that this trend
ERICSSON will continue for atleast the next decade.

TOP 10 DESIGN PATENT OWNERS TOP 10 TECHNOLOGIES OF 2017 DESIGN PATENTS

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& RUBBER 2500
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262 1000

342 500

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2017 design patents segment indicate that Samsung and Nike are pioneers followed
by LG and Apple indicating that we could see a lot of competition among the VEHICLE PARTS COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENTS SCREEN DISPLAYS, ICONS
technology market giants with their patented products especially in the area of
Smartphone, Smart TVs, Footwear, Automotives etc.

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