Top Internet-of-Things (IoT) Patent Holders

Top Internet-of-Things (IoT) Patent Holders

Proof Point

Consumer electronics, telecommunications, and software firms among top holders of Internet-of-Things patents between 2007 and May 2017

Top Internet-of-Things (IoT) Patent Holders

2007 – May 2017 (number)

Note: Results based on IoT patents published between 2007 and May 2017

Proof Point Findings

  • Internet-of-Things – Network of physical objects and virtual platforms embedded with software, sensors, and network connectivity capable of collecting and exchanging data
  • Consumer Electronics – Samsung filed most number of IoT patents with 4,565 between 2007 to May 2017, while other consumer electronics companies LG and Sony also among top ten with 2,074 and 1,614, respectively
  • Telecommunications – Telecommunications companies also have significant number of IoT patents, including Huawei (2,056), ZTE (1,722), Ericson (1,522), and Korea Electronics Telecom (1,372)
  • Software – Software firms IBM and Microsoft have 784 and 774 IoT patents, respectively
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include rising number of companies investing in IoT research and development, increasing demand for new IoT applications across various industries, and proliferation of low-bandwidth networks that support IoT


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Date Last Updated

April 19, 2018

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