Apple is one of the best US technology companies, and like all good companies, filing and winning patents are the key to protecting their innovations. Two statistical charts have been published this year showing Apple's status in both filing and winning patents.
The chart that was first released this year was from IFI Rankings titled "2018 Top 50 US Patent Assignees" which shows Apple ranked 9th in the top 50 and up two positions from 9th in 2017, even if they recorded a small 3% loss during 2017. The tech company with the biggest drop in the top 20 list presented below was Google, dropping 16%.
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The second chart below is from Statista with data from Intellectual Property Owners Association published in July 2019. The chart covers granted patent ranking for 2018. Apple is ranked 11th among the top 272 companies listed in the original chart.
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