The 2020 Patent 300® details the top 300 companies, organizations, and universities obtaining patents in the United States. Data from the report shows that nearly 56% of patents obtained in the U.S. in 2019 were by Patent 300® companies. The top 10 technology areas, which represent 47% of the 189,796 U.S. patents obtained by Patent 300® companies in 2019, are again dominated by electrical technologies.
Chart 1 shows the Electrical Circuits and Systems technology area ranked 2nd largest in 2019, with 14,269 patents issued for Patent 300® companies in the US. Electrical Circuits and Systems technology covers multiple United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) technology classifications.
Included are electrical systems and devices, covering a broad spectrum of electrical and electromagnetic systems, devices, and circuitry, as well as electrical connectors.
Chart 1 – Top 10 Technology Areas for Patent 300® (2019 U.S. Patents)
|Rank||Patent 300 Technology Area||2019 U.S. Patents||Percentage of Total 2019 U.S. Patents|
|2||Electrical Circuits and Systems||14269||8%|
|3||Multiplex and VoIP||10824||6%|
|4||Printing/Measuring and Testing||10383||6%|
|6||Selective Visual Display Systems||7338||4%|
|7||Thermal & Combustion Technology, Motive & Fluid Power Systems||5951||3%|
|9||Cryptography and Security||5016||3%|
The top 20 companies in the Electrical Circuits and Systems area, shown in Chart 2, include Murata Manufacturing (#1), Samsung Electronics (#2), Mitsubishi Electric (#3), Sumitomo Electric (#4), and others. Murata again tops the list having obtained 571 US patents, up 25% from 2018. Samsung had 529 US patents, up 16% from last year. Mitsubishi Electric, at 358, was up 6% from 2018. The top 20 companies represent a cross-section of the technology sector. Included are device makers, chip makers, and auto makers, and various manufacturing companies.
Chart 2 – Top 20 Companies by U.S. Patents in Electrical Circuits and Systems
|Rank||Patent 300®||2019 Electrical Circuits and Systems Patents||% of Company's 2019 US Patents||2018 Electrical Circuits and Systems Patents||Change from 2018 Patents|
|15||International Business Machines||220||2%||249||-12%|
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