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Building an arsenal: Samsung filed 3 times more smartphone patents than Apple in 2013

Published Jun 24th, 2014 9:05AM EDT
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Samsung has apparently had enough of being bullied by Apple in the global smartphone patent war, and it has no intentions of taking the matter sitting down. According to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 State of Innovation Report, Samsung filed a whopping 2,179 smartphone patents last year, including 1,362 related to semiconductor materials and processes. That staggering figure is more than three times the 647 mobile telephony patents Apple filed in 2013.

Apple, long known for launching aggressive patent attacks on various longtime players, was ranked fourth among companies filing smartphone patents in the U.S. last year. Ahead of it was Qualcomm with 1,383 mobile telephony patents, BlackBerry with 854 patents and Intel with 697.

In the APAC region, Samsung led fellow tech giants in the region by a wide margin. LG filed 1,678 smartphone patents in 2013 according to the report, and Sony filed 1,071.

In Europe, Thomson Reuters noted that Ericsson led the pack with 831 smartphone patents, followed by Nokia with 549 and Alcatel with 321.

The full report can be found below in our source section.

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