While there were many inventions of note in 2013, like being able to charge your cellphone with coffee and better detection of and quicker treatments for cancer, who actually received the most patents? It appears IBM led all U.S. companies last year with 6,809 patents awarded in 2013. That’s an average rate of almost 19 patents approved per day! This isn’t anything new for IBM, which has been leading the way for patents in the U.S. for 21 consecutive years.
Next up came Samsung with its slew of mobile technology including the popular Galaxy series. Interestingly, Google and Apple landed into the top 20 patent ranking list for the first time as we enter the new era of tech companies catching up to older electronic manufacturing ones like Sony and General Electric.