IFI Claims Patent Services reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office granted 333,530 patents in 2019, hitting an all-time high and representing an unprecedented 15% increase from 2018. For the 27th straight year, the top patent recipient goes to IBM with 9,262 patents. Following IBM are Samsung Electronics at #2 with 6,469, Canon at #3, Microsoft at #4 and Intel Corp. at #5. The report also notes that CRISPR technology and creating hybrid plants are among the top 10 fastest growing technologies based on patent documents published.

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