Samsung was actually granted more patents than Apple in 2016

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.


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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40 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

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

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

27. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tedkord is in denial.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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?

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 850; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, thats what "apple innovation" really is.. and don't forget about their airbag systemhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-applies-for-a-patent-on-a-new-method-to-protect-an-iPhone-screen_id75011 or cat-like reflexeshttp://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..

10. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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

16. AlikMalix unregistered

"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?

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

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....

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

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

28. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No he just wants to prove his loyalty to Samsung.

32. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

39. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

36. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Sarcasm level:100%

29. gauravbhakuni90

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Papa Ji tussi to kuch dino ta kamal kar ditta.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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/

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 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

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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"

30. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

7. sukrith2194 unregistered

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!

8. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 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

9. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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!

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Did you just make my point more valid? OMG you did! I said, "completely different companies under the same name" You said, "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..."

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You said completely different companies under the same name. That made me assume that you were meaning to say that Samsung conglomerate is comprised of "completely" different companies who have absolutely nothing to do with Samsung on a business perspective, but are just using the Samsung brand as a license, rather than them being subsidiaries of Samsung itself. Sorry, but your point wasn't clear enough... But I still apologize for the misunderstanding, as I didn't mean to disrespect you.

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