Electrical Circuits and Systems Ranks as the #2 Technology Area in the 2020 Patent 300®

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)

RankPatent 300 Technology Area2019 U.S. PatentsPercentage of Total 2019 U.S. Patents
2Electrical Circuits and Systems142698%
3Multiplex and VoIP108246%
4Printing/Measuring and Testing103836%
6Selective Visual Display Systems73384%
7Thermal & Combustion Technology, Motive & Fluid Power Systems59513%
8Computer Networks57533%
9Cryptography and Security50163%

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

RankPatent 300®2019 Electrical Circuits and Systems Patents% of Company's 2019 US Patents2018 Electrical Circuits and Systems PatentsChange from 2018 Patents
1Murata Manufacturing57161%45725%
2Samsung Electronics5296%45616%
3Mitsubishi Electric35827%3376%
4Sumitomo Electric34951%22654%
5Texas Instruments30934%21146%
9General Electric2589%285-9%
10Samsung Electro-Mechanics25767%21420%
12TE Connectivity23874%20814%
15International Business Machines2202%249-12%
17United Technologies2148%16430%
18Infineon Technologies21225%221-4%

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