<p>THE 'BIG 5' PATENTS REPORT
Patent activity and trends across Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google,
The technology market
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OVERALL PATENT ACTIVITY FROM BIG 5 COHORT ON
Applications trend upwards: Collectively, these IP powerhouses
have applied for more than 52,000 patents since 2009. Total
applications have steadily risen as each company diversifies its
research activities, with annual combined applications nearing
10,000 in 2013.
Microsoft leads, Facebook lags: Microsoft has filed for the most
patents, applying for over 16,800 since 2009, with second-place
Google applying for more than 14,500. Apple was in 3rd and
Amazon 4th, with Facebook lagging significantly behind.
Grants also rising: Although somewhat dependent on the USPTO
approval process, annual grant publications for this cohort have
also consistently grown. Google is now surpassing Microsoft for
the top spot here in part thanks to the reversal of its anti-patent
stance early in the decade.
INDIVIDUAL PATENTS REVEAL BROAD INTERESTS IN AI,
AR/VR, AND VEHICLES
AI activity skyrockets: 2014 applications