"Biotech/Pharma" Top 47"
By Donald Zuhn --
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) released its 27th annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents. Patent Docs Readers may recall that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office stopped releasing its annual list of top patent recipients in 2006 in order to "discourag[e] any perception that we believe more is better."
The IPO stated that while it does not intend for the report to "encourage or discourage patenting," it would continue to publish its annual list of top recipients because "the number of patents granted is one of the few objective measures of the patent system as a whole and the patenting activities of individual industries and companies." The IPO compiled its list by counting the number of utility patents granted during 2009 on which an organization or its subsidiary was listed as the owner on the face of the patent. However, the IPO attributed patents that were granted to two or more organizations jointly to the organization listed first on the patent. The IPO noted that 165,213 patents were issued in 2009, which was an increase from the 154,699 patents that issued in 2008. The top fifteen companies on the IPO Top 300 are listed below
As in past years, we used the IPO's list of top patent holders to compile a list of the top "biotech and pharma" companies and organizations receiving U.S. patents in 2009. This year's list of 47 biotech and pharma companies and organizations reverses a downward trend that saw the number of biotech and pharma companies and organizations go from 51 in 2006 to 47 in 2007 to 43 last year. Each organization's IPO top 300 ranking for 2009 is indicated in the "'09 IPO Rank" column; the IPO top 300 ranking for 2008 (if available) is indicated in the "'08 IPO Rank" column. Please note that some of the companies and organizations listed below may be involved in non-biotech or non-pharma work, and therefore, a portion of the patents granted to these companies and organizations may be directed to other than biotech and pharma-related inventions. In addition, our list is a little inclusive in that we included medical device companies.
For additional information regarding this topic, please see:
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2008," May 14, 2009
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders," May 22, 2008
• "IPO Posts List of Top 300 Patent Holders," April 20, 2007