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Samsung was actually granted more patents than Apple in 2016

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Samsung was actually granted more patents than Apple in 2016
It's been a running joke in the mobile industry that Apple has been patenting stuff left, right, and center. Even Steve Jobs joked with that during the unveiling of the first iPhone. But recent statistics show that some companies are way ahead of Apple in the patent race.

According to information by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Apple isn't even in the top 10, when it comes to number of patents by company for last year.

IBM leads the charge with the impressive 8,088 patents granted in 2016, which makes for just over 22 patents a day. Samsung follows in the not-so-close second, with 5518 patents, or a bit over 15 a day. The rest of the positions are quite close together and we can see companies such as Qualcomm, Google, LG and Sony in the list.

Samsung was actually granted more patents than Apple in 2016

Apple is nowhere to be found, but this comes as no surprise, considering that the companies in the top 10 have a much larger product catalog. With Apple focusing on a few key products, it's natural that it won't file as many patent applications, as other tech companies.

via MSPowerUser

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posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:34 11

1. tedkord (Posts: 12857; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The joke isn't about quantity, it's about quality.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:35 3

2. android_hitman (unregistered)


I had to reopen the account for this....
Jokes on you...
"With Apple focusing on a few key products, it's natural that it won't file as many patent applications, as other tech companies." - meaning they ran out of bull***t patents.
@ tedkord, what quality? you can really see the quality of apple products lately, please check the macbook pro

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:41 14

3. Papa_Ji (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2016)


Yes the quality....
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-files-a-patent-application-for-a-paper-bag-Team-Coco-introduces-the-Apple-AirBag_id85764

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:56 6

5. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah, thats what "apple innovation" really is..
and don't forget about their airbag system
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-applies-for-a-patent-on-a-new-method-to-protect-an-iPhone-screen_id75011
or cat-like reflexes
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-granted-patent-for-flipping-an-iPhone-in-free-fall-so-it-doesnt-land-flat-on-its-face_id63395

or simply reinvent old patent like round smartwatch, dual camera, or flexible phone, or modular smartwatch band (just like BLOCKS), or something like that..

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:58 11

6. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


macbook pro? but it have dedicated smileys bar, is that isnt enough? :-/

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 03:47 2

10. AlikMalix (Posts: 6698; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


You are sorry excuse for a tech enthusiast... did you read all the patents.. most of it is not about the product on picture but instead a manufacturing method, or UI interactivity, or simply a component of such product...

I bet Samsung has thousands of "round corner" patents - just that no one gives a rats ass to report on what Samsung is doing...

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 05:17 3

13. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"I bet Samsung has thousands of "round corner" patents - just that no one gives a rats ass to report on what Samsung is doing..."

That's false. Samsung has no such silly patents like Apple has.

You want to make Apple look justified by putting it's bulls**t patent logic on Samsung... SMH

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 05:43 2

16. AlikMalix (Posts: 6698; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


"Samsung has no such silly patents like Apple has."

There are thousands of patens this for Samsung, you're telling me you read them all? Have you also read all trade-dress patents?

Not justifying anything, but the eyes are always on Apple. From your comments, it seems that you don't even review the ones that are actually reported (either Apple or Samsung or w/e) you just look at picture and think that that's what's patented, don't you?

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 05:58 2

18. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"From your comments, it seems that you don't even review the ones that are actually reported (eitherApple or Samsung or w/e) you just look at picture and think that that's what's patented, don't you?"

No, I look up on the explanation of what the patent is all about.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 06:36 2

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 6698; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


All 5518 of Samsung Patents? And All the Apple ones?

You seem to be bent that Samsung does all good and Apple does all evil....

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 07:00 3

23. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"All 5518 of Samsung Patents?"

No, just the ones related to Samsung Mobile.

And I couldn't care less about Apple's patents, as the ones reported so far are ridiculous enough.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 07:05 2

24. AlikMalix (Posts: 6698; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Interesting... so you comment on Apple's patent articles based on picture you see?

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 07:38 3

27. steodoreben (Posts: 326; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


"With Apple focusing on a few key products, it's natural that it won't file as many patent applications, as other tech companies". It's either Phone Arena is defending Apple or Apple is waiting to copy others to improve their products because they ran out of ideas.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 08:19 2

28. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1250; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


No he just wants to prove his loyalty to Samsung.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 08:48

29. gauravbhakuni90 (Posts: 19; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Papa Ji tussi to kuch dino ta kamal kar ditta.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 09:12

32. shm224 (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


@alikmalik: there are website that keep track of patent filings by major companies.

Samsung is in the business of researching and manufacturing underlying technologies that consumers like Apple buy and resell. Apple in turn is in the business of beautifying and integrating stuff Samsung creates.

You need to look no further than the lawsuits Apple filed against Samsung in recent years. Apple asserted their marquee patents "slide-to-unlock" and "multi-touch" patents -- that were later all invalidated by USPTO or the recent Alice SCOTUS decision. Or the design patents that were totally garbage.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 09:52 3

34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Tedkord is in denial.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 11:07

36. Sammy_DEVIL737 (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Nov 2016)


Sarcasm level:100%

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 12:10

38. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 11679; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What exactly si the quality of the latest Macbook Pro?

Apple increase the price of the Macbook Pro by $200 for what?
That stupid virtual bar?

Here so I was in the market for a new laptop this year. Even though I've been using a 17" for the past 3 years, I was considering a 15" this year.

So the first thing I looked at was the new Macbook Pro. Now, do you agree the Macbook Pro is using x86 hardware?

So I look first at the specs for the entry level model at $1999 which is $200 higher than the previous model.

At the time, I was using a 17" Hp Envy. I don't liek HP laptops at all, but the Envy si their top of the line and its the best laptop I can get with a 17" display that sin't a gaming laptop.

Based on the new 2017 Envy that I ended up buying, the only way to come close to the Envy I have now, I would have to pay Apple $2399 for the same.

I paid $1600 for my Envy. That's $300 less than the entry Macbook Pro, but I have hardware that exceed the lowest costing model,and it exceeds the $2300 one too.

I have the same CPU as the $2300 one. I got 32GB of DDR4 RAM while Apple is offering 16GB of DDR3. We both get a 512GB SSD, but mine is a Samsung one and its very fast. Apple went all USB Type C ports and you can't even charge an iPhone unless you risk buying a cable that could set your phone on fire. I got 3, USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB Type C and still have an optical drive and SDCARD reader which Apple also removed

The best thing I got is a 4K display, while the Macbook doesn't offer it at all, and its a touch display too.

And since Apple bought Beats, they dissolved the contract that HP had for Beat Audio and so HP is now using bang & Olufsen, which I can say sound CRYSTAL CLEAR. I missing having the subwoofer and based when it had Beats. But no biggie.

So what exactly si so great about the Macbook. Why is it, you feel the need to pay more for less.

TBH, I would love to have that new bar, and I am sure Windows laptops will have it. Though it isn't new because there are family laptops that had this several years ago. But it would be nice for that for MS office.

But in my case, it would have meant spending nearly an additional $800. Sorry no Mac or anything else is worth that, if I can get more of what I need for less money.

One of my rules is the laptop I wanted needed a 4K display, because this would insure I get a very good dedicated GPU, because when I game on my laptop, many times I hook it too my 4K TV.

Apple again, charging tons of money and skimping out on hardware specs and now dropping a gimmicky feature and tryign to charge $300 for it. That's BS!

Here is what I bought -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I4EUAXU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The only discrpency is on the webpage it says its the Intel i7 - 6500U, but it is not. Its the 7500U and I checked it using CPU-Z

Proof -https://flic.kr/p/R5xQkp

VS the Macbook Pro here -http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/macbook-pro/15-inch

$800 Extra for what?

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 16:27

39. sissy246 (Posts: 2951; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


"There are thousands of patens this for Samsung, you're telling me you read them all? Have you also read all trade-dress patents?"

So you are saying you have read them all and you know Samsung has the patents for rounded corners.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 02:50 5

4. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


isn't samsung always ahead of apple in this case.. for years...
https://mspoweruser.com/google-is-fast-catching-up-on-microsofts-no-of-patent-applications/

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 06:44

22. ph00ny (Posts: 1331; Member since: 26 May 2011)


They've never been out of the top 3 spot. Not sure what the surprise is. Also Apple doesn't make components. They don't really have much need for patents when they buy off the catalog

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 07:20

26. ibend (Posts: 5741; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


this article's title make it looks like samsung surpass apple for the first time, ever...
"Samsung was actually granted more patents than Apple in 2016"

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 08:59 1

30. shm224 (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


@iben: this article is written by a writer very unfamiliar with the US patent trend.

Samsung has been sitting in #2 almost two decades now. Samsung Display Solution is technically a separate legal entity and files patents separately, but combined -- Samsung Elec (#2) and SDS (#12) last year -- they are not too far behind IBM. It is also widely speculated that Samsung would surpass IBM in a couple of years (based on # of applications).

Apple on other hand was in #100+ years ago and only recently jumped to #30's. Apple is not generally known for spending much on R&D's on the underlying tech's and their strength is likewise in design patents. For the author, Damian M., to depict it as some sort of a milestone for Samsung is truly sad.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 03:21 1

7. sukrith2194 (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Feb 2014)


The patent department is probably fed up with apple since they were patenting the same things that's been around for years and then filing cases against people who actually thought of it!

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 03:36

8. xfire99 (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Its a no brainer! Samsung doesnt only sells smartphones but they sells almost everything!
Go and buy a life insurance from Samsung in case you get a heart attack when Samsung surpass yours beloved Apple and became World Dominator! :p

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 03:44

9. AlikMalix (Posts: 6698; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I was wondering if this is for Samsung Mobile, Samsung Electronics, or Samsung everything - there are a lot of completely different companies ran by different entities under the same name. Samsung has merged so much business under one Name that it really needs to be categorized when talking about Samsung in whole or Samsung in part, or one part of Samsung...

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 07:12 1

25. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"When they do this to Apple, all of you guys (including you) scream "clickbait" "iPhoneArena" "paid by apple" etc...."

Including me? Not really, as I've never claimed PA is being paid by Apple... I've just said that PA is biased in Apple's favor... they could be doing it because they're Apple fans or becauae Apple is a U.S corporation, not necessarily because they're being paid... Heck, they could also be doing just to increase traffic and page clicks, thus consequently boosting ad revenue.

I rarely call them "iPhonearena", in fact, I haven't call them that more than three times, ever... I almost never do.

So don't mingle me in that stuff.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 05:29

14. xondk (Posts: 1749; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Exactly, article should if anything specify how many related to phone's they did.

posted on 09 Jan 2017, 05:38

15. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"there are a lot of completely different companiesran by different entities under the same name."

FALSE. You told me I'm such a baby who frequents tech site but still has no clue, yet you are exactly that.

Those are Samsung's divisions, not "different companies ran by different entities".

Taken from Wikipedia: Samsung(Hangul: 삼성;Hanja: 三星;Korean pronunciation: [sʰamsʰʌŋ]) is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses."

Do you get it? Subsidiaries! The affiliated businesses of Samsung are companies created and owned by Samsung, but do not trade with the Samsung brand, like Cheil Worldwide (http://tinyurl.com/jasoxnv).

The Samsung which makes electronic devices is the same Samsung which makes batteries, provides Life Insurance, make ships, makes memory chips, offer construction services, and so on...

You see? You're instead the baby who has no clue!

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