IBM ran away with the crown last year, as Big Blue was awarded 6809 patents, or more than 18 per day. Samsung finished second with 4675 patents. Other notable names from the mobile world that made the top ten include Sony, which finished fourth with 3098 patents awarded, Microsoft (5th place, 2660 awards), Hon Hai (8th place, 2279 grants), Qualcomm (9th place, 2103 awards) and LG (10th place, 1947 patents granted in 2013).
Among other big names in the mobile world, Google wound up number 11 with 1851 patents granted last year. Apple finished 13th with 1775 patents awarded.
BlackBerry made the top 20 in patent awards in 2013