Thomas C. Frohlich, January 18, 2015
Source: USA Today
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued 300,678 utility patents in 2014, many of them to just a handful of companies. More patents were issued in 2014 than in any other year in the history of patent filings.
IBM (IBM) was the global leader for innovation in 2014 for the 22nd consecutive year, with 7,534 patents.