Which Tech Giant is Leading the Way?

The media continues to report on the innovations happening at Google, Amazon and Apple but it's IBM and Samsung who have been quietly collecting patents each year in the tech industry. In 2017, a record number of 320,003 patents were granted by the Patent & Trademark Office which is 5.2% up on 2016. For the last quarter of a century, IBM has held the top spot when it comes to patent applications and last year they received 9,043 patents. This figure represents a 12% increase over their 8,088 total in 2016 and is triple the amount of patents they received 10 years ago.