Apple Might Not Be The Leader, By Numbers, In “The Patent Industry”

In the developing world, whereas on one hand you might witness the frequent launch of new products, on the other, you would hear on patent or intellectual property related issues. Obviously, the inventor surely has the rights for the creativity, which in the modern world plays a vital role of law. The company which has the largest stock of patents would be most protected from attacks of rivals.

In order to gain exclusive rights, the patentee, must include one or more claims defining the invention which must be new, non-obvious or industrially applicable.

Even after filing patents and gaining exclusive rights, virtually every large company has been dragged to court, including Apple. Being a regular reader at our blog, you might have gone through various updates on patent related issues faced by leading tech giants.

Whereas most of you might think that the biggest company producing all sorts of gadgets might be the leading patent carrier and obviously not afraid to go to court, right? Well, you might be proved wrong on this one. According to the latest data for the year 2011, the Cupertino-based gadget giant was only able to occupy the thirty first (31) place among similar companies manufacturing smartphones and other gadgets.

Tech firms, leading in the number of patents are as follows:

1. Samsung

2. Nokia

3. Alcatel-Lucent

4. IBM

5. Ericsson

6. Microsoft

7. Sony

8. Motorola

9. Qualcomm

10. Siemens

and the list goes on….

Thanks to ChetanSharma for the data.

About Khizer Hayat Farooq

Khizer Hayat Farooq, iSmashPhone's Contributing Editor, is committed on bringing in the very best from the world of Apple, digital start ups, growing trends, social networks and new initiatives from digital firms. He aims to write one of the best software reviews and HOW-TO tricks one day.