Several U.S. semiconductor companies ranked among the leading U.S. patent recipients in 2012, according to a recent report. The report, which was compiled and released by IFI Claims, shows that of the top 15 U.S. firms receiving U.S. patents in 2012, six were semiconductor companies: IBM, Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Texas Instruments. IBM ranked first among all patent recipients in 2012, marking the 20th consecutive year the company has earned that distinction.
The number of U.S. semiconductor companies in the top ranks of overall U.S. firms remained the same as last year, reflecting sustained excellence in innovation in our industry. Additionally, several non-U.S. firms ranking in the top 50 included noted international semiconductor companies such as Samsung from Korea, Toshiba from Japan, Robert Bosch from Germany and TSMC from Taiwan. The full list of top 50 U.S. patent recipients can be viewed here.