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Report: More Patents Granted in 2009

Jul 15, 2010, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jenna Greene)

"The Intellectual Property Owners Association in its annual survey found that the PTO in calendar year 2009 issued 165,213 utility patents, up from 154,699 in 2008, a 4.4% jump. (Utility patents made up 94% of patent applications in 2009 - the balance are design, plant, and reissue patents).

"IBM Corp. received the most utility patents last year, with 4,887, followed by Samsung Electronics Co. (3,592); Microsoft Corp. (2,929); Canon K.K. (2,241) and Hitachi Ltd. (2,146)."

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