TSMC & Hon Hai among most innovative firms: list
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.