Top Priority Blockchain Patent Holders

Top Priority Blockchain Patent Holders

Proof Point

American and Asian firms dominate top ten list of priority blockchain patent holders between 2007 and 2016, with IBM at number one

Top Priority Blockchain Patent Holders

2007 – 2016 (number)

Note: Patent applications include prioritized patent filings only. Prioritized patent applications have special status and undergo faster patent examination process with less requirements in exchange for fee.

Proof Point Findings

  • Blockchain – Distributed digital ledgers that record, authenticate and prevent duplication of transactions using algorithms and specific set of rules, without need for central authority
  • Top American Companies – U.S.-based firms IBM (19), Bank of America (11), Qualcomm (7), Dell (6), and Intel (6) top list of companies with most priority blockchain patents between 2007 and 2016
  • Top Asian Firms – Asian companies Coinplug (12), Bubi Network (11), Samsung (7), ZTE (7), and Hangzhou Fuzamei (6) also part of top ten
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include accelerating research and development of blockchain technologies, rising blockchain adoption in various industries, and increasing demand for more secure and transparent systems


Market Disruption


Financial Services, Information Technology


Date Last Updated

January 15, 2018

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