TSMC & Hon Hai among most in­no­va­tive firms: list

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC, ) and Hon Hai Pre­ci­sion In­dus­try Co. ( ) are among the top firms glob­ally in terms of the num­ber of patents ob­tained in the United States this year, the only two Tai­wanese com­pa­nies to gain that distinc­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­cently re­leased list.

TSMC, the world’s largest con­tract chip maker, was granted 620 patents in the U.S. be­tween Jan­uary and May this year, rank­ing 16th on the list of the “most in­no­va­tive” com­pa­nies world­wide.

Hon Hai, the world’s largest con­tract elec­tron­ics maker and a ma­jor sup­plier to Ap­ple Inc., was granted 408 U. S. patents and was ranked 29th by the Seat­tle- based startup Sqoop Inc. on June 11.

In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Ma­chines Corp. (IBM) was at the top on the list with 3,059 U.S. patents, fol­lowed by Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co. with 3,052, Canon Kabushiki Kaisha with 1,782, LG Elec­tron­ics Inc. with 1,484, and Google Inc. with 1,083.

Sqoop listed the 40 com­pa­nies world­wide that so far this year have been granted the most U.S. util­ity patents, also known as patents for in­no­va­tion, as op­posed to de­sign or other forms of patents.

Each week Sqoop in­dexes new patent ap­pli­ca­tions and grants as soon as they are pub­lished by the U.S. Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice, as well as data from the U.S. Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion (SEC) and the fed­eral court sys­tem.

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