IBM and Samsung tops in innovation so far this year

IBM and Samsung tops in innovation so far this year
From January through May of this year, the top two companies receiving patents were IBM (3059 patents awarded) and Samsung (3052). After those two tech giants, the number of patents received by companies drops off sharply with LG in fourth place with 1484 patents to its name during the first five months of this year. Google finished fifth with 1083 patents awarded.

So where did Apple place? The company, usually found near the top of the patents granted list, is having a tough start to 2015. For the first five months of 2015 Apple was awarded 780 patents, which put it in 11th place. Chip maker TSMC finished 16th with 620 patents. Other notables include BlackBerry (23rd place, 461 patents) and Hon Hai (29th place, 408 patents).

When it comes to patent applications filed, Samsung led the way from January through May of this year with 2487 submitted. That was 723 more than runner-up IBM. LG was fourth with 856 applications. Snapdragon producer Qualcomm was sixth with 617 patent applications sent in. With 279 filings made in the first five months of the year, Apple was number 23rd on the list.

We've cut up both lists to make them easier to read. Check out which companies increased the size of their intellectual property portfolio, or filed a ton of new patent applications, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: Sqoop via AndroidHeadlines

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88 Comments

1. kinnesotan

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

This is old news. Check out SamMobile's post. Quit trying to generate views on re-posting old news.

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They got you to comment.

78. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple usually nearing the top of the patents list is a news to me

2. waddup121 unregistered

ofc they do!

3. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Apple innovated too with the coming iOS 9, and OSX. They integrated 2012 technologies from Android, Microsoft, etc, in their upcoming software update release. Just cause you do it last, and it's outdated doesn't mean it's not innovation!. *grabs m&m's*

6. gaming64 unregistered

They did make an 8 MP camera that beat the heck out of the M9's camera. +1 for you.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wrong person, lol

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Tell that 8MP to shoot in 4K or to beat LG G4/S6 Edge/Note 4

33. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Why intentionally mention the crappiest android flagship camera?

79. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

They made the 8 MP Camera sensor? News to me

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You should go on YouTube, and watch some of the iOS 9 beta videos. Apple did in fact copy features, but they also innovated some sweet new one's, iOS 9 looks to be very promising and a major update. Not trying to argue, but check it out. Hopefully it runs smoothly, unlike iOS 8.

61. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I'm a die hard Android user, but I agree with you 100%. I would also like to say, there's nothing wrong with copying features. I mean, this apple vs android crap is so stupid. Well, Android copied this this and this. Oh yeah, Apple finally made it to 2012 with Nexus 4 features, blah blah blah. Of course they copy features. Do you really want your competition to hold an advantage forever? It's not enough to make me switch to Apple, but I know some people it has. I also know a bunch of iOS users that switched to Android when the Nexus 6 came out. This is the nature of technology. It's been like this for years and years with Microsoft, Apple, IBM and all the major players. I know you are an iOS guy and I just wanted to comment because I thought it was nice you said they copied Android features, but also brought new ones. It happens every OS upgrade. Android M will copy some iOS features, but it also brings some new ones.

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the copying thing is actually giving props to your competitors. As you said, do you really want the comp having an advantage forever. You're spot on right with that comment, and yes the fanboy crap is so tired now. I'm still an iOS first guy, due to having so much vested in the platform, but I'm an android lover as well, and the s6 edge I recently bought only increased that love. I'd love to see Apple implement more Samsung/android features, and put their own little tweaks to them. I've said time and time again: I don't care who copies who, just bring the features to my phone. I see some iOS features in my edge like, shortcuts, do not disturb (formally blocking mode, resizing video files, and a couple other small ones. I love it, cause it brings familiarity to the platforms. +1

85. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Very well said. This Apple never made anything new (after Ipod) to claim that they are innovative. At best they are the good followers.

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Looks Qualcomm patented for a processor that could also double as an oven lol. Aka SD810

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's a oven (called June oven) with a Tegra K1 processorhttp://www.androidpolice.com/2015/06/09/the-latest-tegra-k1-device-is-literally-an-oven-related-the-oven-itself-seems-pretty-awesome/ Maybe the June oven 2 will have a Qualcomm SoC

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Haha. More innovations on the way lol. Making life easier. Cooking on the go.

21. gaming64 unregistered

Will it run GTA V?

45. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Maybe lol. They could have made that oven with SD 810 to get the full effect.

5. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

This seems like a pretty stupid way to measure innovation given that the number of patent applications you've filed has no bearing on innovation whatsoever.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, but the number granted (which this story is about) does.

29. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They can also patent types of designs if im not correct. Allot of stuff can be patented (?) but samsung and ibm have more than 3000 patents this year but there is almost no innovative thing we've seen this year at least in mobiles. Mayebe the edge? But that was done before (note edge) and a other iteration of something like the flex

39. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

This is for the whole company not just mobile division

87. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I didn't read the article good thnx for the info ;)

43. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

UFS2 storage. 14nm Finfet.

80. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

But they won't have anything to do with patents from this year. Patents filed and granted this year will be for products a few years from now. This is why this measure is completely stupid.

81. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your desperate need to attack Samsung and rush to Apples defense is driving you to say silly things.

88. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Both aren't innovations as they already existed. But good improvements in mobiles non the less ;)

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how the number of patents can be considered an 'innovation' indicator.

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Apparently they make a lot of new stuff, as in innovative. ......

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