Technology Giant, Apple, Continues to Increase its Patent Portfolio at a Significant Pace and is Granted 48 Patent This Week

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In the last three years, Apple has increased its U.S. patent portfolio in a significant manner -- perhaps in an attempt to bolster its position in the intellectual property wars against Samsung and other like technology companies. Apple has grown its U.S. patent portfolio by about 25% every year for the past three years, and currently holds nearly 11,000 U.S. patents.

In a single day this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a series of 48 patents to Apple, Inc., covering inventions directed to optical connectors, methods of improving a search, a multipoint touchscreen, a design for an Apple Watch table drawer, etc.

In comparison, Samsung owns over 55,000 U.S. patents -- more than any other company or entity -- and IBM owns ths second largest U.S. patent portfolio, with a total of about 44,000 U.S. patents.

While it appears that the patent litigtation wars between these companies are winding down, their patent portfolios are continuing to increase at a steady and significant pace.

See the following articles for more information on this topic:

The Telegraph

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