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2019-01-28

Which Companies Held the Greatest Number of Nanotechnology Patents in 2018?

As reported by StatNano, the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Samsung were at the forefront of nanotechnology patent holders at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2018, while Nanotek Instruments Inc. topped the list in terms of holding the largest share of nanotechnology patents in the total patents issued by the very company during the past year.

The USPTO is recognized as one of the most reputable patent offices on a global scale. According to the statistical data collected by the Orbit Database during 2018, a total of 19,773 nanotechnology patents were filed at this patent office; 8,493 of which were granted patents, and 11,280 were published patent applications.

Considering the scores achieved for both granted patents and published patent applications, IBM with the greatest number of nanotechnology patents at the USPTO in 2018 ranked first among all patent holders. This American company operates in various fields of software and hardware, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Display Co., Ltd., two spin-offs of the Samsung Group, followed IBM on the list, respectively holding the second and third highest scores. These three companies had also ranked first to third in the exact same order at the USPTO in 2017.

The following table demonstrates the top 20 companies that obtained the highest scores for their both granted patents and published patent applications in the field of nanotechnology at the USPTO during 2018. The share of nanotechnology patents in the total patents filed by each company can also be seen in the table, which indicates that around 94% of the patents issued by Nanotek Instruments, Inc. were in the field of nanotechnology, in as far as it can be considered as a company particularly specializing in nanotechnology. Following Nanotek Instruments, Inc., Tsinghua University with 43.75% and MIT with 20.8% had the second and third largest nanotechnology patent shares of their own total patents.

 

Table 1. The top 20 nanotechnology patent holders at the USPTO in 2018

Rank

Assignee

Number of Nanotechnology Patents

Number of Total Patents

Share of Nanotechnology Patents in Total Patents

1

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION

775

19479

3.98%

2

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

487

12213

3.99%

3

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.

261

3597

7.26%

4

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

257

1453

17.69%

5

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.

255

4389

5.81%

6

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.

228

3813

5.98%

7

INTEL CORPORATION

193

6819

2.83%

8

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY

192

1391

13.80%

9

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE ….

189

1838

10.28%

10

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

181

1520

11.91%

11

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.

179

714

25.07%

12

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

178

407

43.73%

13

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

165

792

20.83%

14

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.

145

1260

11.51%

15

LG CHEM, LTD.

133

1622

8.20%

15

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

127

812

15.64%

17

NANOTEK INSTRUMENTS, INC.

117

124

94.35%

18

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY

105

747

14.06%

19

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.

99

1760

5.63%

20

KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS

94

392

23.98%

 

The table below lists the companies and research centers with whom the abovementioned top three companies (IBM, Samsung Electronics, and Samsung Display) collaborated in preparing their patents filled at the USPTO during the past year, which implies that IBM had fewer patent collaborators compared to the other two companies.

 

Table 2. The patent collaborators of the top 3 nanotechnology patent holders at the USPTO in 2018

SAMSUNG DISPLAY Patent Collaborators

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS Patent Collaborators

IBM Patent Collaborators

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, INC.

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

EGYPT NANOTECHNOLOGY CENTER

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.

UNIST

RESEARCH & BUSINESS FOUNDATION SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

BILKENT UNIVERSITY

AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH

INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION FOUNDATION CHONBUK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

ASELSAN ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET A.S.

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COOPERATION FOUNDATION, HONGIK UNIVERSITY

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

MYONGJI UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA COOPERATION FOUNDATION

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY

ULVAC, INC.

POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION

AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION

ZEON CORPORATION

SHINWHA INTERTEK CORP

CHEIL INDUSTRIES INC.

 

SNU R&DB FOUNDATION

INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY

 

SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION

DIC CORPORATION

 

SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY RESEARCH & BUSINESS FOUNDATION

EWHA UNIVERSITY - INDUSTRY COLLABORATION FOUNDATION

 

 

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