Samsung finishes second in new USPTO patents awarded in 2014

Samsung finishes second in new USPTO patents awarded in 2014
The USPTO awarded Samsung 4952 patents in 2014, or an average of 13.5 a day. For Samsung, that was an increase of 5.9% over 2013's number. Samsung's top rival, Apple, was awarded 2003 patents last year. That put the iPhone manufacturer just behind 10th ranked Panasonic, but ahead of General Electric which finished 12th. Apple's patent awards last year represented a gain of 13% over the number it received in 2013.

Among patents that Samsung received last year was one for a phone with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Apple received a patent for internal changes to the iPhone that would allow it to land on a less fragile part of the device when dropped. Apple originally filed that patent back in March of 2013. Both Samsung and Apple filed numerous patent applications in 2014, so both companies should continue to be awarded large numbers of new patents in the years ahead.

Google showed a huge jump in patent awards for 2014. With a huge jump of 38.6% year-over-year, the company finished 8th which put it in the top ten for the first time ever. Mobile silicon slinger Qualcomm finished 7th. For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM was awarded the most patents by the USPTO. For 2014, Big Blue had 7534 patents approved, a 10.6% increase over 2013's total. After IBM and Samsung, the top five included Canon, Sony and Microsoft in that order. While not in the top ten, Facebook saw the number of patents received in 2014 surge 120% over the prior year's figure.

Showing that innovation is not dead, the USPTO awarded a record 300,678 patents last year, a gain of 8%.

source: IFIClaims via AppleInsider



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The way the article is written is a mess. I don't understand why it goes back and forth instead of listing from 1-12.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It goes back and forth so that Apple could be mentioned in the first paragraph. Duh!

2. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

USPTO granted a patent.. for an aspect ratio. US presidents have been asking for line item veto power for years. I'm thinking US tax payers would benefit from a line-item tax return that would allow us to defund the source of this ongoing lunacy.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

apple's patents may have some actual sense involved. i disagree with the whole patent war thing in the past but i guess looked what it started. apples patent above for example makes more sense than samsungs. samsungs may be just whatever comes to mind...see if it exist if not patent it just to have patents for any and everything on earth lmao... some may either never see light of day and just like the boat load of crap they keep dishing out to the market every single month. i can't even appreciate anything samsung is doing but i do wish the company well and think their success is great. im just not a contributor i would like to see samsungs list

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

There are a lot of things that you can name "Galaxy" so I'm not suprised that Samsung was getting awarded with 14 patents per day. Samsung Galaxy Lotion Neo Samsung Galaxy Toilet Note Samsung Galaxy Diapers Mega and the list goes on

8. abhinav.tella unregistered

I think you are confusing copyrights with patents.... They do have a lot of important patents in 3G/LTE, as they make cell towers etc for companies like Sprint, TMO etc., Memory Controllers and are the largest OLED patents holder.

9. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

This made me Lol so damn hard.

10. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

And add to apple patent. Apple isheep (such as yourself) Apple ishiat Apple iphart Apple icesspool Apple iphags Damn apple! Your catalog is growing at an alarming rate.

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You sound mad broseph. Do you have one already?

18. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Go study what is copyright first

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm still waiting for Apple to implement their patent for a stylus.

12. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Stop being stupid. It's apple's ridiculous patent trolling that forced Samsung's hand in this. They're doing it to protect themselves from the retarded US patent system.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Apple's patent described above is a counter-weight, just as bad as an aspect ratio or rounded corners.

6. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

How can you patent an "aspect ratio"???

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

how can you patent a rectangle

13. mewmew unregistered

How can tou patent a rounded corner style or a ikon of a old phone...!!!!

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Showing that innovation is not dead, the USPTO awarded a record 300,678 patents last year, a gain of 8%." Innovation?! Are you effin' kidding me? A vast majority of that 300,678 should probably never have been awarded in the first place. What this shows is a propensity to rubber stamp the Big Business intention to never ever let the patent wars end. It's residual income for minimum effort. The change over to a first-to-file system should have been every American's first clue the government is in full support of screwing over the Little Guy.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

300,000 patents is just riduclous, especially when maybe 1% of those may actually be used in a product, and less than that will actually be useful.

19. Cyagocaliz unregistered

I have no idea what this article is talking, but I am sure Samsung did something not right

20. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

what? IBM is still alive? man it has been ages, since I was a child maybe

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