THE 'BIG 5' PATENTS REPORT: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, & Microsoft

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have collectively applied for 52,000 patents since 2009. Get insight into their corporate product strategy and innovation in our highly-anticipated patents report.

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Total applications have steadily risen as each company diversifies its research activities, with annual combined applications nearing 10,000 in 2013. Among other things, we'll be looking at:


  • Microsoft and Google filed the most patents overall: Microsoft has applied for over 16,800 patents since 2009, with second-place Google applying for more than 14,500. Apple was in 3rd and Amazon 4th, with Facebook lagging significantly behind.
  • Apple lags Google patents in artificial intelligence: Microsoft leads the pack with over 200 AI-related patent applications since 2009, while Google patents surpass 150. Apple, criticized for being slow on the draw in this field, comes in last.
  • Google patents drive innovation in auto: Not surprisingly, Google is tops in vehicle patents, but Apple is in second and Amazon is in a not too-distant third place. 
  • Microsoft dominates AR/VR innovation: Microsoft has a sizable lead over the other big 5 tech companies in AR/VR related patent applications.

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