Printing or Measuring and Testing Ranks as the #4 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 Printing or Measuring, and Testing technology area ranked 4th largest in 2019.  There were 10,383 patents issued for Patent 300® companies in the US.  Printing or Measuring and Testing cover United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) technology classifications related to Printing and Measuring Technology, respectively.

Printing patents include means adapted to produce characters or designs on surfaces by the impression of types or dies.  Also included is applying coating material through the openings of a covering pattern sheet, such as stenciling.  Printing patents also cover impression from graphic or intaglio surfaces.  These patents include organizations using a design or character dies that emboss, burn, or perforate, and that apply ink.

Measuring and Testing is the generic class for processes and apparatus for measuring of any kind or for any testing.  It includes all subjects not provided for in other classes.  The term “test” includes inspection, processes, and apparatus for examination or review not covered by other classes.  This class is the generic class for sampling and consists of all sampling apparatus and processes not otherwise classified.

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 Printing or Measuring and Testing area, shown in Chart 2, are large global technology companies.  They include Canon (#1), Seiko Epson (#2), Brother (#3), Siemens (#4), and others.  Canon tops the list having obtained 1,009 US patents, up 20% from 2018.  Seiko Epson had 493 US patents, a 1% decrease from last year.  Brother Industries, at 462, was up 31% from 2018.  The top 20 companies represent a cross-section of the technology sector.  Included are device makers and software producers, auto makers, and electronics companies.

Chart 2 – Top 20 Companies by U.S. Patents in Printing or Measuring and Testing

RankPatent 300®2019 Printing/Measuring and Testing Patents% of Company's 2019 US Patents2018 Printing/Measuring and Testing PatentsChange from 2018 Patents
2Seiko Epson49337%496-1%
3Brother Industries46259%35331%
5HP Inc.33635%3108%
6International Business Machines2733%23914%
7General Electric2589%21222%
8Samsung Electronics2443%18730%
11Ricoh Company23223%292-21%
13Konica Minolta20531%17418%
16Robert Bosch13811%165-16%
17Cadence Design Systems13569%55145%

Printing or Measuring and Testing is an important technology area in the patent world with over 10,000 US patents in 2019 alone.  Printing or Measuring and Testing technology affects companies in many industries around the globe.  For more detailed information about this technology area, or any other data related to the 2020 Patent 300®, please visit