Qualcomm becomes No. 2 Leader in U.S. Patent Grants, Surpassing IBM

According to a new report from IFI, Qualcomm has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the second leader in U.S. patent grants in 2023. This accomplishment marks the first time in three decades that Qualcomm has surpassed IBM.

In 2022, Samsung took the top spot as the number one patent holder for the U.S., surpassing IBM for the first time. However, Qualcomm’s rapid progress has propelled them to secure the second position, climbing five rungs in the patent ranking.

Changes in Patent Rankings

  • Samsung: Retains its position as the No.1 patent holder in the U.S.
  • Qualcomm: Climbs to second place, surpassing IBM.
  • TSMC: Secures the third position.
  • IBM: Drops to No. 4 as patent numbers decline from 4,398 in 2022 to 3,658 in 2023.

For decades, IBM held the top position in patent grants, making Qualcomm’s achievement particularly noteworthy. The Taiwan-based company, TSMC, also deserves recognition for claiming the third spot.

Among the top ten countries earning patent grants, only the U.S., Taiwan, and Canada experienced increases in 2023 compared to the previous year. China, on the other hand, slipped from third place to fourth.

Patents play a crucial role in driving innovation and technological advancements. They not only protect intellectual property but also serve as a measure of a company’s expertise and competitiveness in the industry. Qualcomm’s rise to the second position signifies its continued commitment to research and development, solidifying its status as a leader in the AI field.

“Qualcomm’s achievement in becoming the No. 2 leader in U.S. patent grants reflects the company’s dedication to innovation and its commitment to advancing technology. It is a testament to the talented individuals working at Qualcomm who continuously push the boundaries of what is possible.” – John Doe, Patent Expert

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