In 2023, Apple received 2,536 patents in the United States, and Samsung – 8,729
Apple received 2,536 patents in 2023, up from 2,285 in 2022, according to IFI Claims Patent Services’ ranking of the top 50 patent holders based on data from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Over the course of the year, the Cupertino corporation moved up one step on the list, having received 11% more patents than a year earlier.
At the same time, the divisions of Samsung – Samsung Electronic and Samsung Display – took the first and sixth lines of the rating with 6165 and 2564 patents. Samsung Display, which competes directly with Apple, rose six positions in a year.
Apple also surpassed Qualcomm, TSMC, IBM and Canon in terms of the number of issued patents. LG, Micron, Intel, Huawei, Toyota, Google, Microsoft, BOE and Amazon appeared below the iPhone developer.
Of the seven technology companies that include Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta*, Microsoft, Nvidia and Tesla, Apple became the absolute leader in the number of new patents in 2023.
The IFI Claims Global 250 ranking includes the world’s largest patent holders based on an analysis of all patents currently held by companies. Apple ranks 51st on this list with 21,407 active patents. On the first line of the rating is Panasonic with 94,341 active patents, followed by Samsung and Hitachi with 92,724 and 92,557 patents.
Apple’s patent applications often reflect information about specific areas of the company’s research and development. However, applications do not always reflect the company’s immediate plans. Apple’s recent filings include an all-glass iPhone and Apple Watch design, a detachable MacBook key that works like a mouse, AirPods user authentication technology, a hydration sensor for the Apple Watch, and the use of a cheese grater-like Mac Pro design on other Apple devices and more.