Selective Visual Display Systems Ranks as the #6 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 Selective Visual Display Systems technology area ranked 6th largest in 2019.  Selective Visual Display Systems covers United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) technology classifications related to processes and apparatus for selective, electrical control of two or more light-generating or light-controlling display elements.  Processes and devices under these classifications use received or stored image data signal.  The image data includes character, graphical information, or display attribute data.  Image data sources may consist of peripheral input devices, television signals, image data recognition, or computers.

This class also includes digital data processing systems or methods for visual presentation.  Data processing consists of the creation or manipulation of graphic objects (e.g., artificial images), or text.  The class includes telegraphy subclasses for digitizing writing tablets, styluses, and circuits.

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 Selective Visual Display Systems area, shown in Chart 2, are large global technology companies.  They include Samsung Electronics (#1), BOE Technology Group (#2), Canon (#3), Sony (#4), and others.  Samsung tops the list having obtained 1108 US patents, up 22% from 2018.  BOE Technology had a 27% increase from 2018 at 612 US patents.  Newcomer to the Patent 300®, China Star Optoelectronics, at 240 patents, was up 11900% from 2018.  The top 20 companies represent a cross-section of the technology sector.  Included are device manufacturers, software, and media companies.

Chart 2 – Top 20 Companies by U.S. Patents in Selective Visual Display Systems

RankPatent 300®2019 Selective Visual Display Patents% of Company's 2019 US Patents2018 Selective Visual Display PatentsChange from 2018 Patents
1Samsung Electronics110813%90922%
2BOE Technology Group61228%48127%
6LG Display34139%24141%
7Japan Display29343%21536%
8China Star Optoelectronics24035%211900%
11LG Electronics1285%9239%
14Semiconductor Energy Lab11316%9420%
16Seiko Epson1068%9610%
19Tianma Microelectronics9753%6159%

Selective Visual Display Systems is an important technology area in the patent world with over 7,338 US patents in 2019 alone.  Selective Visual Display Systems 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