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January 14, 2008 10:58 AM

2007 patent leaders

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

U.S. patent database producer IFI Patent Intelligence today released a ranking of the top patent recipients in 2007. Microsoft ranked sixth, with 1,637 patents received last year, up 12 percent from 2006. Microsoft was one of a handful of companies -- the minority of the top 25 -- to increase the number it received.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 157,284 "utility patents" last year, down 9.5 percent from 2006, which was a record year.

Here's the top 10 list:

IBM, 3,148


Samsung, 2,725

Canon, 1,987

Panasonic, 1,941

Intel, 1,865

Microsoft, 1,637

Toshiba, 1,549

Sony, 1,481

Micron Technology, 1,476

Hewlett-Packard, 1,470

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