Samsung was granted more US patents than any other company in 2016

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Samsung COO Jay Y. Lee

Samsung has taken the top spot in a ranking of companies sorted by how many US patents they were granted in 2016.

Sqoop is an online service that tracks patents and court documents, and the site has published its ranking of companies according to how many patents they were granted and applied for in 2016.

The 2016 ranking has one major difference to the 2015 list ( which you can read here ): Samsung has taken the top spot from IBM.

In 2016, Samsung was granted 8,551 patents, compared to IBM's 8,062.

IBM, however, is disputing this ranking. A press release published by the company on January 9 claimed that IBM was granted 8,088 patents in 2016. It said that Samsung was granted just 5,518.

The discrepancy in numbers comes from the different methods that IBM and Sqoop used to count patents. IBM used data from patent tracking firm IFI Claims, which doesn't collate patents under one company. Sqoop, however, grouped together all of Samsung's companies into one spot on the list.

Here's the full ranking from Sqoop of patents granted in 2016:

  1. Samsung - 8,551
  2. International Business Machines Corporation - 8,062
  3. LG - 4,102
  4. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha - 3,673
  5. Google - 3,210
  6. Intel - 3,068
  7. Qualcomm - 3,018
  8. Sony - 2,653
  9. Toshiba - 2,536
  10. Microsoft - 2,389
  11. Taiwan-Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - 2,268
  12. Apple Inc. - 2,115
  13. Panasonic - 1,998
  14. Amazon.com, Inc. - 1,659
  15. Seiko Epson Corporation - 1,650
  16. General Electric Company - 1,642
  17. Fujitsu Limited - 1,582
  18. Ford Global Technologies,LLC - 1,503
  19. Toyota-Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha - 1,424
  20. Ricoh Company,Ltd. - 1,414
  21. GlobalFoundries, Inc. - 1,388
  22. AT&T - 1,239
  23. Robert Bosch GmbH - 1,208
  24. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. - 1,206
  25. SK Hynix Inc. - 1,108
  26. GM Global Technology Operations LLC. - 1,103
  27. Hewlett-Packard11 - 1,093
  28. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. - 1,082
  29. The Boeing Company - 1,049
  30. Hyundai Motor Company - 1,034
  31. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation - 1,014
  32. Koninklijke Philips N.V. - 1,006
  33. Siemens Aktiengesellschaft - 977
  34. Cisco Technology, Inc. - 968
  35. Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha - 962
  36. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - 922
  37. NEC Corporation - 895
  38. Texas Instruments Incorporated - 882
  39. Boe Technology Group Co., Ltd. - 870
  40. Micron Technology, Inc. - 861

And here's the ranking of companies by patents applied for in 2016:

  1. Samsung - 10,695
  2. International Business Machines Corporation - 8,800
  3. LG - 4,421
  4. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha - 3,562
  5. Toshiba - 3,289
  6. Qualcomm - 3,057
  7. Intel - 2,900
  8. Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha - 2,683
  9. Microsoft - 2,638
  10. Sony - 2,398
  11. Boe Technology Group Co., Ltd. - 2,263
  12. Apple Inc. - 2,255
  13. General Electric Company - 2,118
  14. Panasonic - 2,086
  15. Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. - 2,033
  16. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. - 1,927
  17. Google - 1,905
  18. Hyundai Motor Company - 1,836
  19. Seiko Epson Corporation - 1,824
  20. Ford Global Technologies, LLC. - 1,727
  21. United Technologies Corporation - 1,724
  22. Fujitsu Limited - 1,714
  23. Hewlett-Packard - 1,316
  24. Koninklijke Philips N.V. - 1,295
  25. AT&T - 1,269
  26. Telefonaktiebolaget L.M. Ericsson (publ) - 1,259
  27. The Boeing Company - 1,217
  28. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation - 1,153
  29. Robert Bosch GmbH - 1,126
  30. Halliburton Energy Services,Inc. - 1,121
  31. Fujifilm Corporation - 1,021
  32. GM Global Technology Operations LLC. - 1,018
  33. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. - 1,008
  34. Siemens Aktiengesellschaft - 1,006
  35. Denso Corporation - 1,004
  36. Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. - 997
  37. SK Hynix Inc. - 958
  38. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co.,Ltd. - 934
  39. Honeywell International Inc. - 930
  40. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - 905
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